The General Online Research Conference is annually organized by the German Society for Online Research in cooperation with a local partner. In 2019 the GOR conference will take place in Cologne, Germany, with the TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences being the local organizer.

DGOF – German Society for Online-Research (Deutsche Gesellschaft für Online-Forschung)
TH Köln – University of Applied Scienes

Organizer and Founder of the GOR conference series

Online research is a dynamic, innovative field, with constantly emerging challenges as well as opportunities for research and practice. The German Society for Online Research/Deutsche Gesellschaft für Online Forschung (DGOF) is a modern, innovative association, which has focused on the interests of the actors in the field of online research since its establishment in 1998. It is the association’s goal to be the leader in this field. DGOF seeks to bridge different research fields (such as sociology, psychology, political science, economics, market and opinion research, data science) using online research methods and facilitates the transfer between academic research and the industry.

DGOF campaigns for the establishment and the development of online research as well as the interests of online researchers in Germany. Online research ranges from online based data collection methods (e.g., web surveys in online panels); to mobile research with smartphones, tablets, and wearables; to the collection and analysis of social media data, administrative data, data from passive measurements, and other big data sources.

DGOF organizes the General Online Research (GOR) conference and the Research Plus event series which support professional and collegial exchanges between researchers and practitioners across academia and the industry. By bringing together scientific findings, commercial needs, and practical applications for best practices, DGOF provides a sustainable input for further developments in online research.

Change through innovation is a key characteristic of our research field. DGOF is a facilitator for this change:

1. DGOF means development: Online research is more than just web surveys. We constantly expand our portfolio and our expertise with the development, encouragement, and establishment of innovative digital methods, passive measurement, and big data methods. In addition, we focus on the relationship between the Internet and society.

2. DGOF connects: We are a bridge between different research disciplines and across commercial applications.

3. DGOF is diverse: We support our members’ interests, for the dissemination of knowledge, for exchange, and for discussion, as well as for the establishment and implementation of scientific standards.

4. DGOF is innovative: We are a facilitator of new issues such as big data and data science.

5. DGOF is disruptive: We support change. It is our practice to foster acceptance for new methods in research, and we are always on the lookout for new developments.

The DGOF board consists of six members and is elected for a term of two years: Dr. Otto Hellwig (respondi AG), chairman of the board; Prof. Dr. Florian Keusch (University of Mannheim), deputy chairman; Dr. Bella Struminskaya (Utrecht University), deputy chairwoman; Dr. Cathleen Stützer (Technical University Dresden), deputy chairwoman; PD Dr. Meinald Thielsch (University of Muenster), deputy chairman; and Alexandra Wachenfeld-Schell, deputy chairwoman.

If you have any questions regarding the conference feel free to contact us:

Deutsche Gesellschaft für Online-Forschung – DGOF e.V.
Huhnsgasse 34b
50676 Cologne
phone: +49 (0) 221-27 23 18 180
E-Mail: office@dgof.de

Local Organizer of GOR 18

TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences
The TH Köln – University of Applied Sciences offers students and scientists from Germany and abroad an inspiring environment to learn, work and research in the social, cultural, engineering and natural sciences. The TH Köln creates social innovation – this is our main idea as we approach the challenges of today’s society. Our interdisciplinary thinking and acting, as well as our regional, national, and international activities, have made us both a valued partner and a trailblazer in many areas. The TH Köln was founded as the Fachhochschule Köln in 1971 and is regarded as one of the most innovative universities of applied sciences. TH Köln campuses are located in Cologne, Gummersbach and Leverkusen.

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Our subject range includes the fields of Applied Natural Sciences, Architecture and Construction, Information and Communication, Computer Science, Engineering, Culture, Society and Social Sciences as well as Business Studies. Annually, about 6,000 students take up their studies at TH Köln. Currently there are more than 25,000 students enrolled in over 90 undergraduate and graduate programs. As a community of faculty and students we see ourselves as a learning organization forging new paths.

Studying at TH Köln is learning through projects that awaken students’ curiosity and stimulate sustainable learning processes. Through research- and problem-based as well as project-oriented learning, students gain insight into scenarios that potentially reflect situations of their future professional life. Recognizing great potential in diversity TH Köln has shifted focus from teaching to learning and strives for excellence through diversity.

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TH Köln is a research-intensive university actively engaging in a variety of research activities. We cooperate with universities, other research institutions, business partners and the civil society an on a national and international level, as state-of-the-art research thrives on the exchange of expertise transcending institutional and geographic borders.

Climate change, scarce resources, safety issues and demographic change are some of the major challenges mankind will be facing in the coming decades. In their application-oriented and interdisciplinary projects, experienced researchers are tackling these issues and actively contribute to the advancement of science, the economy and society.

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TH Köln also puts emphasis on quality in advanced academic training and promotes competencies as well as personal and professional development through a variety of programs offered to those who are interested in further education, to those who are currently working as well as to those who are returning to work.

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