(L)earning by doing –»Blockchainifying« life-long volunteer engagement

Elisabeth Kapsammer, Birgit Pröll, Werner Retschitzegger, Wieland Schwinger, Philipp Starzer, Markus Weißenbek, Johannes Schönböck, Josef Altmann

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Abstract

Volunteering is a vital cornerstone of our society, ranging from social care to disaster relief, being supported by a plethora of web-based volunteer management systems (VMS). These VMS primarily focus on centralized task management within non-profit organizations (NPOs), lacking means for volunteers to privately digitize and exploit their engagement assets, e.g., task accomplishments or earned competences. This may decrease engagement, since appreciation of volunteer work is the only reward available, and hinders the exploitation of engagement assets between NPOs and beyond, e.g., the education or labor market. We put volunteers in the middle of concern by investigating “how can engagement be digitized and exploited in a life-long way”. First, based on a systematic identification of requirements for a trustful digitization and exploitation of engagement assets, a web-based volunteer ecosystem relying on emerging blockchain technology is proposed. Second, for representing various kinds of engagement assets, a generic and adaptable ontology is put forward. Third, for establishing trust across all stakeholders, a prototypical web application is presented allowing to»blockchainify« life long volunteer engagement. Finally, the prototype applies semantic web technologies to offer a machine readable form of engagement assets in terms of Linked Data (LD).

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationICEIS 2020 - Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems
EditorsJoaquim Filipe, Michal Smialek, Alexander Brodsky, Slimane Hammoudi
PublisherSciTePress
Pages67-79
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9789897584237
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event22nd International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, ICEIS 2020 - Virtual, Online
Duration: 5 May 20207 May 2020

Publication series

NameICEIS 2020 - Proceedings of the 22nd International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems
Volume2

Conference

Conference22nd International Conference on Enterprise Information Systems, ICEIS 2020
CityVirtual, Online
Period05.05.202007.05.2020

Keywords

  • Blockchain-Technology
  • Knowledge Management
  • Ontology
  • Volunteer Management

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