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VETUS – Visual Exploration of Time Use Data to Support Environmental Assessment of Lifestyles


Bieser, Jan C T; Haas, David; Hilty, Lorenz M (2019). VETUS – Visual Exploration of Time Use Data to Support Environmental Assessment of Lifestyles. In: 6th International Conference on ICT for Sustainability, Lappeenranta, 10 June 2019 - 14 June 2019.

Abstract

The time-use (or activity) patterns individuals perform on a typical day – their individual lifestyles – fundamentally shape our society and the environment we live in. Not only are lifestyles evolving over time, driven by societal and technological change, they also significantly contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 12 “responsible consumption and production”, namely through the resource use and emissions associated with goods and services consumed to perform activities. We created an interactive, browser-based tool to visualize and intuitively explore statistical time-use data. The visualization helps to gain an overview about the available data, identify and compare common time-use patterns and draw up hypotheses about the relationship between changes in lifestyles and their social and environmental consequences. We use the tool to compare time-use data from different regions, time periods as well as socio-economic and demographic backgrounds and estimate the associated energy consumption. From a time-use perspective, any technological change which triggers changes in time allocation can only be environmentally sustainable if the environmental impact of the total of the activities performed after the change is lower than before.

Abstract

The time-use (or activity) patterns individuals perform on a typical day – their individual lifestyles – fundamentally shape our society and the environment we live in. Not only are lifestyles evolving over time, driven by societal and technological change, they also significantly contribute to the achievement of Sustainable Development Goal 12 “responsible consumption and production”, namely through the resource use and emissions associated with goods and services consumed to perform activities. We created an interactive, browser-based tool to visualize and intuitively explore statistical time-use data. The visualization helps to gain an overview about the available data, identify and compare common time-use patterns and draw up hypotheses about the relationship between changes in lifestyles and their social and environmental consequences. We use the tool to compare time-use data from different regions, time periods as well as socio-economic and demographic backgrounds and estimate the associated energy consumption. From a time-use perspective, any technological change which triggers changes in time allocation can only be environmentally sustainable if the environmental impact of the total of the activities performed after the change is lower than before.

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Item Type:Conference or Workshop Item (Paper), refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:03 Faculty of Economics > Department of Informatics
Dewey Decimal Classification:000 Computer science, knowledge & systems
Scopus Subject Areas:Physical Sciences > General Computer Science
Language:English
Event End Date:14 June 2019
Deposited On:20 Jun 2019 15:09
Last Modified:26 Oct 2020 08:04
Publisher:CEUR-WS
Series Name:CEUR Workshop Proceedings
Number:2382
ISSN:1613-0073
OA Status:Green
Free access at:Publisher DOI. An embargo period may apply.
Official URL:http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2382/
Related URLs:http://ceur-ws.org/Vol-2382/ICT4S2019_paper_6.pdf (Publisher)
Other Identification Number:merlin-id:17859

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