ECI board First meeting
(Brussels, 28 July, 2010)
Open Deliberation: Hypermedia and
Web Annotation Technologies to
Enhance Public Participation
Anna De Liddo
Knowledge Media Institute
Open University, UK
We investigate different aspects and issues of Public Participation in Urban
Planning and Decision-Making focusing on the key role of
deliberation tracking and
to enable more effective public participation.
We look at Hypermedia discourse technologies to help move us from
a deliberation process which is often ephemeral, ill-structured and
disempowering, to deliberation which is persistent, more coherent and
Two Research Strands
Supporting deliberation capturing and representation
By recording deliberation and discourse digitally to make it possible to
interrogate later on and use deliberation contents to actively inform decision
Empowering Community voices and ideas:
Facilitating Open Public Inquiry and Collective Intelligence
By developing a “virtual agora” for open public inquiry on common policy issues
Two hypermedia tools to support
Moderated Vs Open Deliberation
A Prototype Tool for Collective Intelligence
With Cohere, researchers, policy-makers and EU citizens in can make their
thinking visible and sharable with online communities by:
collaboratively annotating the Web,
leveraging lists of annotations into meaningful knowledge maps and
Engaging in structured online discussions.
Cohere Conceptual Model
Cohere builds on a conceptual model which consists of four main users
activities through which users can make their thinking visible and contribute
to the development of Collective Intelligence around specific policy making
filter and make sense.
Open Deliberation Model
Cohere supports an open deliberation model in which issues are created
and discussed without pre-defined communication language, without facilitation
and in an open deliberation environment.
All participants have equal editing privileges, and create together new ideas, raise
issues, ask questions, provide answers and propose arguments and
counterarguments with an open semantic framework (not necessarily IBIS).
Deliberation result is a Collective Claims map, which is a dynamic map of claims
cooperatively generated by many hands and watched by many eyes, and
continuously changing. This map is structured by an ongoing un-moderated
debate and potentially can involve all citizens.
It is the dynamic result of an “open virtual agora”.
Open Deliberation model
Watch the demo video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fcn2ab9PYo4
Watch the Open Deliberation model video at: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vthygbKA2Mg