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  • The overarching objective of DEMO-net is to strengthen scientific, technological and social research excellence in eParticipation by integrating the research capacities of individuals and organisations spread across Europe.
  • To establish a virtual centre of excellence in eParticipation research that will extend and enhance Europe’s research capabilities in eParticipation and support the dialogue between government and citizens. In detail it will deliver a sustainable eParticipation research community of both theoretical and application-driven researchers. PhDs is the way to sustain the research area Therefore in order to ensure sustainability it is vital to focus on the emerging researchers and therefore much focus will be on the development of PhD programs and the encouragement of the associated students. In order to prepare future researchers and all level of researchers there is a need to expose them to the pressing problems faced by our representative model of democracy. Finally it will provide significant contribution to policy….

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  • DEMO-net: Network of Excellence in eParticipation
    • Project Acronym: DEMO_net
    • Project Title: The Democracy Network
    • Contract Number: FP6-2004-IST-4, 027219
    • Duration: 4 years
    • Budget: 6.000.000 €
    • EC funding: 6.000.000 €
    • Partners: 20 partners from 12 countries
    • Strategic Research Coordinator: Ann Macintosh
    • Administrative Project Co-ordinator: Nanna Skovrup
    • Scientific Manager: Kim Viborg-Andersen
  • What is eParticipation?
    • The problem:
    • Civil society disengages from formal political processes (such as voting and joining parties)
    • A crisis of public trust in governments
    • The above threaten the representative model of democracy
    • The emerging field:
    • eParticipation is an emerging research domain that attempts to re-engage people in the democratic process by investigating the development and use of Information and Communication Technologies. eParticipation aims at making decision-making more transparent, inclusive and accessible.
  • DEMO-net Objective
    • To strengthen scientific, technological & social research excellence in eParticipation:
      • To achieve a lasting integration of currently fragmented research in eParticipation
      • To stimulate joint research in the agreed research areas of DEMO-net
      • To disseminate DEMO-net research amongst eParticipation stakeholders
      • To provide a barometer of research effectiveness for eParticipation in Europe by establishing a corpus of lessons-learnt resource to show what kind of projects have delivered what kind of results and thereby considered effective for eParticipation.
  • Integration Strategy
    • Integration Plan
      • Investigation of integration challenges and how to overcome them ✔
      • Setting up European eParticipation virtual research centre
      • Exchange of researchers between institutions ✔
      • Placement of researchers in regions
      • Focused workshops ✔
      • PhD student seminars ✔
      • Students’ exchange programs
      • Students’ field studies
  • DEMO-net partner relationships DEMO-net: building the eParticipation community Eg: the EU-NSF networking at EGOV Other research groups in Europe Research groups contracted to DEMO-net R&D groups outside EU Industry governments civil society
  • Joint Research Programme
    • Investigate barriers to eParticipation across Europe
      • Map of current & emergent eParticipation
        • technological infrastructures
        • eParticipation methods
      • Research discourse analysis techniques to explore agenda setting, and alliance building at different levels.
    • Establish criteria for evaluation of future eParticipation initiatives in a systematic & standardised way
      • Harmonise & align concepts, terminology & methods
        • from academic disciplines
        • from the various non-academic stakeholders, eg European, national, regional and local governments
    • Establish a corpus of material of empirically based research and policy documents related to eParticipation
      • Research knowledge architectures to support access to corpus
  • Joint Research Programme
      • Gap analysis and roadmap
      • eParticipation tools and methods
      • Application and use
      • Large scale public participation
      • Large scale discourse analysis
      • Management of diverse information and knowledge
      • Networked dynamic communities
      • How and what to evaluate
      • Emerging standards and business models
      • Transferability of concepts, methods, standards, tools etc
      • Knowledge and collaboration platform
  • DEMO-net will deliver
    • Virtual centre of excellence in eParticipation research which will ensure:
      • Research community that advances IST applicable to eParticipation & an environment that encourages collaboration
      • Sustainable eParticipation research community
      • Significant contribution to PhD development
      • Critical exposure of researchers to pressing democratic problems
      • Significant input to government policy development for citizen engagement both in individual EU countries and the EU as a whole
  • Thank you for your attention!