On 12 May 2020 the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences of the University of Potsdam awarded the degree of doctor habilitated in economic informatics to Krzysztof Węcel, employed in the Department of Information Systems at the Institute of Informatics and Quantitative Economics. The lecture and the habilitation colloquium took place in the form of a video conference, which was an unprecedented event at the University of Potsdam.
The basis for evaluating Dr. Węcel’s achievements was a series of monothematic publications and a monograph entitled “Big, Open, and Linked Data – Value for Economy”. In his publications he addressed the following research issues: analysis of the current situation of information reuse; analysis of incentives and challenges related to the use of related data in enterprises; identification of available information resources; development of tools, methods and standards for related data; development of profiling method using related data resources; validation of the applicability of proposed methods for mass data processing. The scientific work has used the extensive experience from many research projects carried out at the intersection of different types of data: open, significant in terms of volume, diversity, speed (big) and related (linked). These intersections with references to specific projects (in brackets) are shown in the figure above.
The award of the postdoctoral degree is part of the cooperation between the University of Potsdam and the UEP in the field of scientific research and academic exchange. The cooperation was initiated in July 2017 by a visit to Potsdam by the Rector of the UEP, Prof. Maciej Żukowski and the Head of the Department of Information Systems, Prof. Witold Abramowicz. Professors met with the Rector of the University of Potsdam, Prof. Oliver Guenther and the Vice-Rector for International Affairs, Alumni and Fundraising, Prof. Florian Schweigert. In November 2017, the Poznan University of Economics together with Adam Mickiewicz University hosted an 18-person delegation from the University of Potsdam.