This is the landing page with location, from where you can set up searches …
This is an example twitter search I ran for the presentation based on the conservative party conference (run whilst David Cameron was giving his closing speech)
These are the search results collected
Then I ran the topic analysis tool on those tweets …
… resulting in this analysis showing identified keywords, number of tweets, sentiment (positive or negative) and controversy (spread of sentiment)
From there we can analyse the kind of discussions going on
Which results in plots of rate of posting and proportion of user types …
And finally we can analyse the users and how they can be typified …
… giving rise to this more detailed breakdown
But we have found that there are two types of users – the researchers and analysts who want to use the advanced tools just shown, and the politicians themselves who want quick results and a display of popular response to topics of the day
So from the front page they can build widgets to give a quick view of discussions on social networks …
And here I’ve also constructed a localised search taking the search term ‘University’ – I felt a bit of anonymisation might be appropriate!
Which highlights the fact that there are privacy and intrusion issues, which have been extensively discussed and addressed in the project
Including workshops such as this one organised by the Hansard Society where the implications of government engagement via social media was discussed by a very distinguished panel
And reported quite widely, including by the BBC news – which created rather a lot of comments both positive and negative!
Project information and contact
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The WeGov Project … … and what it might mean …
Why WeGov?• There have been government portals, minister blogs, opinion collecting web sites…• But do people really use them? COMMERCIAL IN CONFIDENCE. Copyright University of Southampton IT Innovation Centre 2009
What do people really use? COMMERCIAL IN CONFIDENCE. Copyright University of Southampton IT Innovation Centre 2009
WeGov bridges the gap• Allows policy makers to interact directly with the community using Social Network Sites• Find and understand people’s opinions• Become part of the discussion• Respect privacy• Encourage trust COMMERCIAL IN CONFIDENCE. Copyright University of Southampton IT Innovation Centre 2009
Project ConceptGovernment policy-makers can better engage withcitizens by utilising channels citizens already use andare familiar with.Social media – like Twitter and Facebook – have beenidentified as the most effective tools of engagement dueto: their popularity; their ease of access, and; the rapid information flow that they allow.
Project SolutionWhat is the WeGov toolbox?The WeGov toolbox is at is says.A box of tools.The WeGov software solution is a webapplication, which includes tools and componentsthat support policy-makers in the analysis of socialnetworks.
BUT – what about all those other issues? • No, I haven’t forgotten that: – People are still people – The loudest shout hardest – There’s an awful lot of ‘noise’ (and worse) – No-one trusts the Government – Everyone treasures their privacy
Project InformationProject website: www.wegov-project.euDuration: January 2010 – September 2012Programme: This project has been funded with support fromthe European Commission under the SEVENTH FRAMEWORKPROGRAMME THEME ICT 2009.7.3 ICT for Governance andPolicy Modelling .Partners: Experts in eParticipation, governmentconsulting, and ICT research & development academiccommunity.