Publications and Articles

The Science and Thoughts behind schnaq

From Science into Practice

The software we develop is based not only on experience, but also on many years of research in the fields of discussion and communication. Here you will find scientific articles, newspaper articles and other publications that originate from our team or have been produced in cooperation with our team.

“Schnaq” macht das Diskutieren einfacher
Article (german)

An article focusing on the development and goals of schnaq. Published in the Rheinische Post.

Der Referent spricht, die Software beantwortet derweil Fragen
Article (german)

An article with focus on schnaq usability for events. Published in the RGA.

Startup: Grevenbroicher ist Mirgründer der Plattform Schnaq
Article (german)

An article with focus on the founding of schnaq and the co-founder Michael Birkhoff.

Schnaq verhindert „Wissenssilos“ in Firmen
Article (german)

This article is talking about the benefits of streamlined processes when schnaq is used in enterprise companies.

“Kann eine Software die Wut im Netz zähmen? 2 Forscher haben es versucht”
Newspaper Article (german)

An article about our research in Perspective Daily. Focus on structured discussion.

“Im Internet läuft es mies ab”
Interview (german)

An interview with our founders Dr. Christian Meter and Dr. Alexander Schneider about discussions on the internet, trolls and how to fight them.

Untangling Internet Debate – Decentralization and Reuse of Arguments for Online Discussion Software
Dissertation (english)

Dr. Alexander Schneider’s dissertation deals with the question of whether structured discussions can be carried out on the internet via decentralised systems.

Rethinking Online Discussions
Dissertation (english)

In Dr. Christian Meter’s dissertation, several novel procedures and approaches are highlighted to be able to conduct structured discussions on the internet.

Structure or Content? Towards Assessing Argument Relevance
Paper (english)

This paper analyses whether Pagerank as an algorithm can make reliable statements about argument relevance and how its performance compares to newer algorithms.

Autoren: Marc Feger, Jan Steimann, Dr. Christian Meter.

Various Efforts of Enhancing Real World Online Discussions
Paper (english)

A presentation of a wide variety of methods that make it possible to improve real discussions on the internet.

Autoren: Alexander Schneider, Christian Meter

D-BAS – A Dialog-Based Online Argumentation System
Paper (english)

The description of a formal prototype for dialogue-based online argumentation including evaluation.

Autoren: Tobias Krauthoff, Christian Meter, Gregor Betz, Michael Baurmann, Martin Mauve

Dialogbasierte Online-Diskussionen

A presentation of the concept of dialogue-based online discussions for lay people.

Autoren: Christian Meter, Tobias Krauthoff, Alexander Schneider

EDEN: Extensible Discussion Entity Network
Paper (english)

The presentation of a software package that allows the operation of decentralised servers that give users access to online discussion systems.

Autoren: Christian Meter, Alexander Schneider, Martin Mauve

Jebediah – Arguing With a Social Bot
Shortpaper (english)

The paper demonstrates a social bot based on Google’s Dialogflow Engine. The bot is able to communicate with its users in social networks based on dialogue.

Autoren: Christian Meter, Björn Ebbinghaus, Martin Mauve

Dialog-Based Online Argumentation: Findings from a Field Experiment
Paper (english)

In a field experiment with over 100 test persons, we will investigate how well a dialogue-based argumentation system can be used by laypersons.

Autoren: Tobias Krauthoff, Christian Meter, Martin Mauve

Reusable Statements in Dialog-Based Argumentation Systems
Paper (english)

The authors explore the idea of making online arguments and their interrelationships usable and reusable as a resource.

Autoren: Alexander Schneider, Christian Meter

discuss: Embedding Dialog-Based Discussions into Websites
Paper (english)

If structured discussions are possible via software, is it also possible to let these discussions take place in any web context? The authors explore this question.

Autoren: Christian Meter, Tobias Krauthoff, Martin Mauve