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WeGov Generic presentation at the 1st Crossroad Workshop

WeGov participated at the 1st workshop of the Crossroad project ( entitled State of Play & Visionary Scenario Design Validation Workshop, on the 29th -30th April 2010, in Seville. The Workshop convened experts from several research areas, policy makers and practitioners in order to discuss and validate the results of the first phase of the project, namely the Analysis of the State of Play of Research in the domain of ICT for Governance and Policy Modelling and the Visionary Scenarios designed to explore how governance and policy modelling could develop at the horizon 2030.

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WeGov Generic presentation at the 1st Crossroad Workshop

  1. 1. INTRODUCING THE WEGOV PROJECT Dr. Somya Joshi Gov2u ©HANSARD SOCIETY This project has been funded with support from the European Commission under the SEVENTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME THEME ICT 2009.7.3 ICT for Governance and Policy Modelling
  2. 2. OBJECTIVES  To develop extraction and injection tools for information and content exchange with a wide range of social network sites in a way that adheres to privacy and safeguarding measures.  Investigate the types of information that social networking sites contain, and build interfaces to allow automated access to this information.  Develop mechanisms to initiate new discussion groups, to start a new topic, and to connect between various relevant pieces of information and/or groups.
  3. 3. SNS being engaged within the remit of the WeGov project are:  Facebook  Twitter  YouTube The case contexts that WeGov engages with range from consumer issues debated within European Parliaments, to Health services, political science academic research, to government advocacy.
  4. 4. The aim is to develop analytics tools so discussions on government policies can be understood by participants in online communities. This work will involve four main areas: (a) Understanding the subject of discussions e.g. a topic of a discussion and opinions expressed by people and how they are related to it. (b) Understanding the people and groups involved in the debate through diagnostics that indicate discussion health e.g. number or people involved, any attempts to manipulate a discussion.
  5. 5. (c) Understanding the direction and dynamics of the discussion and e.g. if the discussion is diverging, converging, going in circles, splintering, or influenced heavily by some individual. (d) Understanding the balance of the discussion, e.g. its range of opinions or its weighing of different points of view.
  6. 6. Hansard Society Stakeholders: •Health Service Staff •MP, Parliamentarians & their administrative staff
  7. 7. Gov2u Stakeholders: Policy makers in Germany & Spain - around the conceptual frame of consumer protection rights
  8. 8. Gesis Stakeholders: •Member of German Parliament - getting in dialogue with eCitizens •Abstractor of the Member of German Parliament Supporting their work •Office of the Member of German Parliament - Supporting the work of MP
  9. 9. Gesis Pilot
  10. 10. Mock-ups
  11. 11. The WeGov project will during its lifetime: Develop a dashboard for live visualisation of discussions, using service-oriented models on cloud-infrastructures for scalability and performance. It will also determine how end users can access these tools in an integrated way using a ‘live view dashboard’ for policy makers, and how to organize and operate the toolbox as a service on cloud infrastructures in order to achieve the necessary scalability and performance for large scale discussions across multiple social network sites.
  12. 12. Thank you!