The objectives of ROBUST fall into five categories: risk and opportunity management, large scale community data management, community polity and politics, community simulation and community analysis.

The objectives of ROBUST fall into the following categories:

  • Risk Management: The identification and modelling of risks and opportunities in online communities will support the understanding and management of these communities. In particular it will enable stakeholders to identify threats, support their decision making process and lead them in choosing proactively measures to counter risks or seize opportunities.
  • Community Data Management: The volume of data created in online communities in the form of texts, the interaction between users or simply the interaction of users with the system itself demands for new technologies for large scale data management and processing.
  • Community Polity and Politics: Understanding the behaviour and needs of users on a micro level requires detailed user models. This allows to classify users based on behaviour patterns and determine the role they play in a community, what is their status and what motivates their actions.
  • Community Simulation: A model on a macro-level captures the dynamics of entire communities and their development. Understanding the effects of policies on a community can help to forecast the way the community is evolving and in which direction it is heading.
  • Community Analysis: The ability to detect communities, find the topics they are dealing with and to recognize patterns in massive community data complements the other objectives.