On-going research

Models of Assessment in the Digital Learning Environment (MADLE) - EKOSOC-LV

Funding/ programme: European Regional Development Fund (Post-doctoral Research Support)

HESPI role: Project implementer

Implementation period: 01.05.2020. – 30.04.2023.

Aim of the research: To develop research-based formative and summative assessment models that help to ensure a credible and objective assessment of the learning process in the digital environment.

Main activities/ objectives of the research: Studies of literature and practice, international mobility, development of the models, approbation and improvement, preparation and publishing of publications, presentation of study results in conferences and seminars, informing the society about the research results.

Main results of the research: A systematized and research-based set of static models. Assessment models will help teachers to ensure the learning process in different forms of education: formal education at schools and higher educational institutions as well as adult education, further education.

Cooperation partners: N/A

Research/project funding: 133805,88 EUR

HESPI involved staff: Anžela Jurāne-Brēmane

Contact person (e-mail): anzela.jurane-bremane@va.lv

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Values in Action: promotion of responsible, secure and educated civil society in Latvia through research and model development - EKOSOC-LV

The project "Values in Action: promotion of responsible, secure and educated civil society in Latvia through research and model development" (project Nr.  VPP-IZM-2018/1-0013) is implemented within National Research Program " Latvian heritage and future challenges for the country's sustainability".

The overall aim of the project implemented by Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences (ViA) as the Lead Partner, and Riga Stradins University (RSU) as the Project partner, is to strengthen civil society in the development of new policy approaches and to model directions fostering social and territorial cohesion based on European democratic values.

Project period: December 3, 2018 - November 30, 2021.

Total budget: 599 839,00 EUR

More information on the project: HESPI senior researcher Gatis Krūmiņš (gatis.krumins@va.lv)

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The Significance of Documentary Heritage Research in the Development of Synergies between Research and Society - EKOSOC-LV

​In 2019, the National Library of Latvia, in cooperation with the Institute of Humanities and Social Research of Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences has launched a project – The Significance of Documentary Heritage in Creating Synergies between Research and Society – under the national research programme Latvia’s Heritage and Future Challenges for the Sustainability of the State. The aim of the project is to conduct interdisciplinary research into the Special Collection of the National Library of Latvia, including using digital research methods, to update the previously insufficiently researched segments and aspects of Latvian documentary heritage, focusing on those historical periods and issues less studied to date, and overcoming the ethnic and linguistic barriers hampering research.

On the basis of newly created expertise, it is intended to stimulate conceptual discussions on what comprises the concept of documentary heritage, its place in the context of a common national cultural heritage, and the role of libraries in its exploration and transfer to the public.

The results of the research are expected to be approbated in scientific publications (publishing scientific articles, compiling articles and collective-body monographs for publication, organising an international research conference), as well as being promoted to the public (exhibitions, public lectures and series of readings). Using the research results, it is planned to draw up recommendations for improvement of the content of educational programmes in the humanities and to put forward suggestions for supplementing Latvia’s cultural-tourism map with new materials from Latvian history and culture that have not previously been in public circulation.

More information on the project: HESPI Senior Researcher Agita Līviņa (agita.livina@va.lv)



Elaboration of Latgale Business Development Strategy in the field of "Development of Enterprise Tourism Services" - EKOSOC-LV

Research project "Elaboration of Latgale Business Development Strategy in the field of "Development of Enterprise Tourism Services"" is being implemented within the framework of the sub-measure "Interregional and Transnational Cooperation" of the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (EAFRD) Latvian Rural Development Programme 2014-2020 for the needs of the project "Tourist friendly Latgale entrepreneur in the age of digitalization". Commissioned by: Ludza District Partnership.

In the project, HESPI provides expert service in developing Latgale Business Development Strategy, which includes:

  •     Analysis of the current situation, including SWOT analysis;
  •     Latgale tourism service providers, perspectives;
  •     An action plan to achieve the objectives;
  •     Inclusion of indicators and methodology for monitoring strategy implementation.

During the project implementation, the expert participates in the project activities.

Project period: 1 October 2019 - 30 November 2021

Budget: 6380 EUR

More about the project: Agita Līviņa, Senior Researcher, Director of HESPI (agita.livina@va.lv)

Integrated Design of Techno-Social Systems: Next Generation of Tourism Monitoring in Latvia - EKOSOC-LV



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The aim of the research project is the development of ICT-based, new, productive technological algorithms for measuring economic effects of tourism for two digital application prototypes as a single and new digital computing tool in research e-environment.

The project is an industrial study, which will result in generating algorithms and technological solutions to achieve a productive and efficient performance of a prototype, integrating traditional (including mobile) and large data sets. The main objectives of the research:

  • The feasibility study of the research field, during which a conceptual, scientifically substantiated strategic and tactical model of the research is developed;
  • The development of the prototype architectural model and the prototype itself;
  • A pilot test of the prototype with its first publication in the planned research e-environment, performing monitoring of the operation of technological algorithms, problem identification and the investigation of their development possibilities and adjustments;
  • A repeated test of the prototype in the planned research e-environment, evaluating its operation and performance according to various parameters;
  • The conclusion of the research with the description of the prototype algorithm and technological solutions, and performance results.

During the research several popular science, international scientific publications and presentations of the research results, as well as international mobility events are planned.

Project partner: Ltd. "Sapere Aude".

The research project is implemented with the post-doctoral research support (ERDF).

Project Manager: HESPI Researcher Dr.oec. Iluta Berzina (iluta.berzina(at)va.lv).

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Leveraging ICT Product Innovations by Enhancing Codes of Modern Art - EKOSOC-LV



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The scientific objective of the project is research in the field of ICT and modern art in Latvia in order to find new ideas to benefit ICT rooted in the contemporary cultural tradition that has already lasted over one hundred years and which embodies the basic intellectual codes of today.

The aim of this project is to form a new methodology of ICT products’ creation using knowledge of the theory of modern art (hereinafter – TMA) and its subsequent postmodernity expression, paving the way for a novel approach to culturally based digital production. The planned action is to experimentally create models, prototypes and examples of ICT as bearers of intellectual capital and analyze existing products while forming this kind of methodology. The impact of the new ICT methodology is a transfer of knowledge about contemporary artworks into ICT.

Thus, it is an impact on the Latvian digital society as knowledge about modern art that is insufficient at present. The major deliverable of this project will be a new methodology for the translation of art codes into ICT products, taking into account that the ICT and TMA are specifically segregated / unconnected fields and today’s interdisciplinary scientific approach demands their crosscutting.

Key words: knowledge society, knowledge value chain, modernism, hidden culture codes, ICT product development, intellectual capital, creative industries.

Project partner: Ltd. "Sapere Aude".

The research project is implemented with the post-doctoral research support (ERDF).

Project Manager: HESPI Researcher Dr.art. Ieva Gintere (ieva.gintere(at)va.lv)

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Tourism Intelligence Latvia - EKOSOC-LV


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The aim of the research project is using advantages of ICT development to create GIS solutions-based tourism intelligence platform of market information, providing analyses and forecasts of pan-Baltic Big Data representing cross-sectoral industry performance in multi-destination levels to improve competitiveness of Latvia in export markets and facilitate regional development.

Tourism Intelligence Latvia (TourInteLV) is a project using participatory research, integrated across the fields of ICT and GIS mapping, the social sciences and complexity science, to empower stakeholders from tourism industry to make strategic and responsible decisions for their future. The project will bring together, on a pan-Baltic level, Big Data with new modelling and new form of interaction leading to a comprehensive understanding of tourism connectivity and society involved in travel and its co-evolution with technology. It is aimed to provide one-stop platform for market intelligence to strengthen competitiveness of businesses and destination management organizations (DMO), especially on a regional level. Even more ubiquitous communication and sensing blur the boundaries between the physical and digital spheres, creating unparalleled opportunities for better understanding the socio-economic processes of tourism in holistic spatial extent. Data from public statistics, open or professional sources and data available from geo-located mobile devices will be integrated in the maps and visualizations. Technology melds maps with data and well-designed information to see the human geography and raising mobility in a smarter way. New public resource will help for public institutions and enterprises to aggregate, access query and understand vast amounts of data and forecast promoting innovative approaches.

The objectives of the research:

  • To establish solid theoretical base for goal-oriented applied research including human geography, social sciences and complexity science with participatory research methods, ICT and GIS modelling techniques for in-depth analyses of tourism phenomena.
  • To analyse reliable Big Data sources and possibilities of smart converting them into customized and accurate information flow for industry development needs, arranging legal issues about usage of data.
  • To develop holistic GIS solutions based tourism intelligence platform model with accurate well-designed visualizations and customized forecast options.
  • Develop adaptive ICT based tool for measuring of tourism flow in space, time and customer behaviour context supplementing insight of quantitative information reached in the first objectives.
  • Disseminate research results and promote strategic usage of them among the industry and involve in active participation.

Planned results: A research project implemented internationally and discussed in the industry with an up-to-date theoretical basis for solving the problem. A developed socio-technical systems model and ICT solution with practical application, scientifically substantiated and developed with precise involvement of large-scale data.

The research project is implemented with the post-doctoral research support (ERDF).

Project Manager: HESPI Researcher Dr.geogr. Andris Klepers (andris.klepers(at)va.lv).

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MAximised MoBility and Accessibility of Services in Regions Affected by Demographic Change (MAMBA) - EKOSOC-LV

Research project "MAximised MoBility and Accessibility of Services in Regions Affected by Demographic Change" (MAMBA) is implemented in within Interreg Baltic Sea Region programme.

Project summary: Demographic change and limited public finances endanger the accessibility of services, goods and social life in remote and rural areas of the Baltic Sea Region (BSR), contributing to an ongoing process of peripheralisation. in this context it becomes increasingly difficult for regional and local authorities to ensure Individual "people-to-service" mobility (i.e. enabling inhabitants to reach services and public goods) as public transport options are thinned out and services are concentrated In urban centres which are difficult to reach for villagers. At the same time, services which rely on mobility (e.g. home care, delivery services), i.e. "service-to-people" mobility, are becoming difficult to sustain in sparsely populated regions. Furthermore, there are prob!emetic patterns and structures of mobility that aggravate the situation: Mobility is often sector-specific and purpose-oriented (delivery, welfare, public transport etc.), and there is usually no sound concept for coordination of different mobility options, involving both transport operators and service providers. MAMBA aims to address these issues by giving both dimensions, people-to-service and service-to-people mobility, a new perspective through improved integration of mobility structures. To this end, different forms of regional and local °Mobility Centres" (MC) will be created in nine regions throughout the BSR that are all affected by demographic change, austerity and other socio-economic challenges. Based on specific mobility needs in these regions,The MCs will integrate eAsting mobility options by introducing enhanced management capacities in transport administration, providing digital and non-digital information systems for residents, creating platforms for public and private enterprises to pool transport services and facilitating cooperation between public transport actors and service providers. Selected new mobility solutions (e.g. rural carpooling, fieetsharing or mobility ass service (MaaS) wit be Initiated by the MCs as pilot actions. The transnational MAMBA partnership will exchange knowledge and test and evaluate different operational concepts for MCs which are transferable to other regions. These will be promoted to public authorities, transport and service providers through a publicly accessible knowledge database and a "rural mobility compendium". As the involvement and commitment of residents Is paramount for the sustainable success of innovative mobility solutions, MAMBA partners will monitor the acceptance of services provided or facilitated by the MCs. Furthermore, MAMBA aims to promote residents' participation In rural mobility design and to strengthen civil society by compiling a "manual for self-organized mobility" directed at grass-roots mobility Initiatives throughout the BSR. The findings regarding legal, economic and sociocultural barriers are also pointed out to policy-makers at the regional and national level with a guidance document.

Project partners: Diaconie of Schleswig Holstein (Germany), Nordregio (Sweden), Vidzeme University of Applied Sciences HESPI (Latvia), Vidzeme Planning Region (Latvia), County of Ploen (Germany), County of Cuxhaven (Germany), Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia (Finland), South Ostrobothnia Health Technology Dmelopment Centre (Finland), Regional Council of North Karelia (Finland), Vejle Municipality (Denmark), Municipality of Trelleborg (Sweden), Bielsko District (Poland), Bielsko-Biala Regional Development Agency (Poland), Institute for Climate Protection, Energy and Mobility-Law, Economics and Policy (Germany), Road Transport Administration (Latvia).

More information on the project:

HESPI director and researcher Agita Līviņa (agita.livina@va.lv)

Development, promotion and sustainable management of the Baltic Sea Region as a coastal fishing tourism destination/ RETROUT - EKOSOC-LV

Project "Development, promotion and sustainable management of the Baltic Sea Region as a coastal fishing tourism destination/RETROUT" is implemented in the framework of INTERREG programme.

HESPI researchers' role in the project is develop a study on the impact of fishing tourism on the regional economy, using publicly available research and statistics in Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia, Poland, Finland and Sweden and in-depth assessment of the impact of fishing tourism on the regional economy in Kurzeme region.

Project website: https://projects.interreg-baltic.eu/projects/retrout-116.html

Project period: 10.06.2019. - 01.05.2020.

ViA budget: EUR 11833.80

More information on the project: HESPI researcher Iluta Bērziņa (iluta.berzina@va.lv)