Research Project „Earth Construction in the Weinviertel"
Earth, used as a building material for centuries, is slowly disappearing as a constructing element of our cultural landscape. Nevertheless, building with earth still brings many advantages. The Institute of Law– together with other BOKU-institutes (the Institute of Applied Geology and the Institute of Landscape Development, Recreation and Conservation Planning) – tries to raise the public’s awareness of this traditional building substance. This citizen science project, funded by the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy as part of the Top Citizen Science initiative, wants to collect and analyse data regarding earth constructions in the Weinviertel region. Therefore, it uses tools (e.g. an app) which were developed in the former school-science cooperation “Think Spatial!”. To optimise these tools and methods, the Institute of Law focuses on the protection of the participants’ privacy rights throughout the project.