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WAVE presentation at ePart2010



Presentation of WAVE project (www.wave-project.eu) at ePart 2010 (www.epart-conference.org)

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  • An inclusive eParticipation platform using: Argument Visualisation – for structured discussions Web 2.0 Technologies – for sustainability Social Networking – for strong community support
  • Accessible Ease-of-use Effective Dynamic Up-to-date

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  • Integrating Argument Visualisation Tools in Social Platforms to Facilitate Online Political Debates: The WAVE Platform Deirdre Lee 2 , Yojana Priya Menda 2 , David Price 4 , Efthimios Tambouris 1 , Vassilios Peristeras 2,3 , Konstantinos Tarabanis 1 1 University of Macedonia, Greece, 2 National University of Ireland, DERI, Ireland, 3 Greek National Center for Public Administration and Decentralization (GNCPAD), 4 Thoughtgraph Ltd ., UK. 2 nd International Conference on eParticipation, Lausanne, Switzerland, 31 August, 2010
  • Why collaborative thinking matters… There are always more smart people outside government than within it… … and engaging this intelligence transparently is efficient and effective and strengthens public trust.
  • How to make sense of everyone’s opinions? http://www.wavedebate.eu I can’t believe... I think... In my opinion... What are they thinking..... Great idea... I agree, but... It could work...
  • ..and what if many speak at the same time? http://www.wavedebate.eu
  • Listen to everything the community has to offer http://www.wavedebate.eu New Ideas Contributed Contributors
  • Focus on the underlying ideas
    • Argument Visualisation (AV) Tools allow to:
      • Gather the set of ideas distributed in the community
      • Represent each idea just once
      • Encourage creative-thinking through group collaboration
  • Website: http://www.wave-project.eu Issue Position Component Supportive Argument Online Debate: an example
  • AV Tools Promises
    • Enable structuring debates along issues , positions , arguments (supportive and opposing) etc.
    • This way, debates are more easy to understand, contribute and conclude
    • Also, debates are smaller in size and more comprehensive by discouraging duplication (e.g. when compared to eforums)
  • AV Tools Pitfalls (Risks)
  • AV and Social Networks
    • Despite their promises however AV tools have not yet realised their full potential
    • At the same time, social platforms based on the so-called Web 2.0 technologies achieve tremendous penetration.
    • This is particularly true for the youngsters, which is exactly the target group of online political participation initiatives.
    • How about enhancing AV tools with social platforms’ characteristics?
  • The WAVE Platform http://www.wavedebate.eu
  • WAVE Focus Website: http://www.wave-project.eu How can technology enhance participation? What is the key to success for climate change legislation?
  • Argument Visualisation with Debategraph http://www.wavedebate.eu
  • Think openly in simple, provisional building blocks on which others can build too http://www.wavedebate.eu Question? Suggestion Reason
  • ..in as much depth as you need http://www.wavedebate.eu
  • Enable everyone to build and rate maps — collaboratively, iteratively & comprehensively http://www.wavedebate.eu
  • Web 2.0 Tools - interactive, up-to-date, dynamic
    • RSS Map Updates
    • Polls
    • Calendar Events
    • Activity Notifications
    • Tagging
    • Blog
    Website: http://www.wave-project.eu
  • Social Networking - collaborative, personalised, community
    • Groups
    • Community
    • User Profile
  • WAVE Frontpage Workflow http://www.wavedebate.eu
  • Explore Explore Join Rate Feedback Share Ideas Join Groups
    • Explore the ideas by clicking on the bubbles
    • Small bubbles go deeper: large bubbles go back up
    • Different colours have different meanings
    • Use the tabs to show Details and Context
  • Join Join Explore
    • Sign up to start rating and adding your own ideas
    http://www.wavedebate.eu Rate Feedback Share Ideas Join Groups
  • Rate Rate Explore Join http://www.wavedebate.eu
    • Tell us which ideas are the best? What issues are most important? What are the strong and weak arguments?
    • Rate the ideas on the (1) Weak to (9) Strong scale
    • Stronger ideas have thicker arrows
    Feedback Share Ideas Join Groups
  • Share Ideas Explore Join Share Ideas http://www.wavedebate.eu
    • Add your own ideas to the map
    • Discuss the ideas in the Stream
    • Link to places where the ideas are stated
    Rate Feedback Join Groups
  • Join Groups Explore Join Join Groups http://www.wavedebate.eu
    • Form and join groups to:
      • focus on particular issues and ideas, and
      • find people with shared interests
    Rate Feedback Share Ideas
  • Feedback Feedback Explore Join http://www.wavedebate.eu
    • Tell us what you think about this new site:
      • How are we doing?
      • What do you like?
      • What can we do better?
    Rate Share Ideas Join Groups
  • WAVE Platform Architecture http://www.wavedebate.eu
  • Technologies used
    • WAVE portal CMS: Drupal
    • Operating System: Debian Linux
    • Web Server: Apache2
    • Database Server: MySQL
    • Web Communication: REST Web Services & RSS
  • Flash Facts about WAVE
    • Starting date:  1 February 2009
    • Duration:  24 months
    • Consortium: 8 organisations, 6 countries
    • (Belgium, France, Greece, Ireland,
    • Lithuania, UK)
    • Trial Sites:  UK, France, Lithuania, Europe
    • Co-funded by the European Commission under the eParticipation Preparatory Action.
  • WAVE Project Overview
    • WAVE platform aims to merge the benefits of state-of-the-art argument visualisation tools with the intuitive interface, capabilities and look-and-feel of social, Web 2.0 platforms.
    • Main Objectives:
      • Test the effectiveness of argument visualization tools in helping citizens from a variety of countries and demographics to better understand complex issues generally
      • Measure whether and under what conditions these tools can have specific impact on one of the most important and popular legislative agendas facing Europe (environment)
  • WAVE’s Consortium University of Macedonia Thessaloniki, Greece Kauno Technologijos Universitas, Kaunas, Lithuania AIDC UK Ltd, Barnsley, United Kingdom National University of Ireland Galway, Ireland Fondation Sophia Antipolis, Nice, France 21c Consultancy Ltd, London, United Kingdom Thoughtgraph Ltd., Taunton, United Kingdom Politech Institute, Brussels, Belgium http://www.wavedebate.eu
  • Thank you for your attention! and Join the WAVE! http://www.wavedebate.eu EU: www.wavedebate.eu UK: www.jointhewave.org France: www.debatclimat.eu Lithuania: www.wave-diskusijos.lt Become a WAVE Fan on Facebook … Follow WAVE on Twitter … Join WAVE on LinkedIn … Watch WAVE Youtube Channel …