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WeGov presentation at eChallenges Conference 2010

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WeGov project was presented within a specific session of the eChallenges 2010 Conference, on the 27th-29th of October 2010, in Warsaw, Poland. The goal of e-2010 was to stimulate rapid take-up of …

WeGov project was presented within a specific session of the eChallenges 2010 Conference, on the 27th-29th of October 2010, in Warsaw, Poland. The goal of e-2010 was to stimulate rapid take-up of Research and Technology Development (RTD) results by industry and in particular SMEs, and help open up the European Research Area (ERA) to the rest of the world. At the Conference’s Session with the title “Session 8b: eDemocracy & eParticipation”, GFI made a presentation regarding the WeGov project.

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  • 1. INTRODUCING THE WEGOV PROJECT
    Alex Claes
    GFI Benelux
    Email: alex.claes@gfi.be
    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. Objectives of WeGov
    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
    Build interfaces to allow automated access to this information.
    Develop mechanisms to :
    • Initiate new discussion groups
    • 3. Start a new topic
    • 4. provide connections between various relevant pieces of information and/or groups
  • Information exchange with SNS
    Develop extraction and injection tools for each SNS independently
    • With respect of Legal and Ethical issues
    • 5. Low Level SNS API’s interconnect to a Generic API to provide easy extendibility
    SNS being engaged within the remit of the WeGov project are:
  • 6. Analytics of online discussions
    The aim is developing tools for analysing discussions that take place across existing Social Network Communities
    We focus on 4 different areas:
    • Understanding the subject of discussions
    • 7. a topic of a discussion and opinions expressed by people and how they are related to it.
    • 8. Understanding the people and groups involved in the debate through diagnostics that indicate discussion health
    • 9. number of people involved, any attempts to manipulate a discussion.
  • Analytics of online discussions (2)
    • Understanding the direction and dynamics of the discussion
    • 10. e.g. is the discussion is diverging, converging, going in circles, splintering, or influenced heavily by some individual?
    • 11. Understanding the balance of the discussion
    • 12. range of opinions or its weighing of different points of view.
  • Communication models and tools
    Develop tools and processes for effective engagement of policy makers with citizens in online communities.
    • How to capture and automate the process of communication between policy makers and citizens in a structured way
    • 13. How to model peoples’ behavior in order to inform decision makers on promoting healthy discussion
    • 14. How to best place content into social network sites in order to stimulate a discussion.
  • Opinion and Discussion Toolbox
    • Develop a dashboard for live visualisation of discussions (eg. Hot topics) and presenting the analysed data (eg. opinion and behaviour graphs)
    • 15. Determine how end users can access these tools in an integrated way
    • 16. Organize and operate the toolbox as a service on cloud infrastructures
    • 17. achieve the necessary scalability and performance
    • 18. Incorporate mechanisms to safeguard the system and data from inappropriate use.
  • Live field trials
    Success will be measured through three live field trails
    • Hansard Society: looking at an online health service as well as address the efficiency of policy makers and their communication strategies with regard to citizens in the UK
    • 19. Gov2U: involve discussions around consumer policy in Spain and Germany
    • 20. GESIS: Apply the toolbox for investigating its usage as a complement to political opinion polls in Germany
  • Live field trials (2)
    • These scenarios will provide examples of how the outputs of the project will be used.
    • 21. The result of the trails will be combined into a methodology, including
    • 22. a legal and ethical analysis (e.g. privacy, data protection)
    • 23. risks of using Social Network sites
    • 24. use of technical countermeasures (e.g. access control, pseudo-anonymisation).
    • 25. Stakeholders involved directly during the project.
    • 26. Results of using WeGov can be compared with other approaches.
  • 27. Mock-up
  • 28. More information: http://www.wegov-project.eu/
    Thank you!