WeGov

Where eGovernment meets the eSociety

Bearbeitung: Timo Wandhöfer, Mark Thamm
Leitung: Prof. Dr. York Sure
Wissenschaftlicher Arbeitsbereich: Wissenstechnologien für Sozialwissenschaften (WTS)

Projektbeschreibung

Social networking technology provides major new opportunities for policy makers (eGovernment) to engage with the community (eSociety). We will develop a toolset that allows full advantage to be taken of a wide range of existing and well established social networking sites (Facebook, Twitter, Bebo, WordPress etc.) to engage citizens in two-way dialogs as part of governance and policymaking processes. The tools will make it possible to detect, track and mine opinions and discussions on policy oriented topics. The tools will allow discussions to be seeded and stimulated through injection of policy discussion points into relevant communities in a secure and managed way. The tools will allow the origins, bias and evolution of opinions to be tracked to provide auditable records of provenance, guard against misuse, and ensure trust and privacy for all involved. A key feature of our approach is to allow policy makers to move away from the limitations inherent in the current practice of using bespoke and dedicated platforms (e.g. specific opinion soliciting websites hosted by government) and instead make full use of the high levels of participation and rich discussions that already take place in existing social networking communities. In this way, WeGov will develop the tools and techniques for closing the loop between policy makers and the citizens.

Projektlaufzeit

01.01.2010 - 30.06.2012

Gefördert durch

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 . This website reflects the views only of the Consortium, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which maybe made of the information contained herein.

Partner

Projektpartner

The University of Southampton

The University of Southampton (UoS) is participating through two separate departments (ITInn, IAM, and ILAWS).

UoS - IT Innovation Centre (ITInn)
The IT Innovation Centre is an applied research centre with an experience in web-based systems, knowledge management, business processes, security, multimedia, and service-oriented systems.

UoS - Institute for Law and the Web at Southampton (ILAWS)
The Institute for Law and the Web (ILAWS) was established to work on the legal issues, problems and opportunities associated with the Internet, the Web and digital technology. It is a research centre that combines legal expertise in key domains such as information technology law, e-commerce, IT law and public policy, and intellectual property law.

GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences [English only]

The GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences is an institution which supports and facilitates scientific work at every stage of the research process by providing information, consultation, and data. GESIS is based upon extensive research programs providing services in data, methodolody, and speciliased information. In addition, GESIS delivers individual information and consulting services.

Government To You (Gov2u)

Gov2u is a non-profit, non-governmental organization created by a group of visionary professionals from the fields of Legislative Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and community activism aiming to develop tools that facilitate the everyday work of elected officials and that offer citizens a greater stake in political discourse by enabling them to contribute their ideas, suggestions, and opinions. Gov2u has significant experience in various eVoting and eParticipation projects and is internationally recognized as a pioneer organization in the field of eDemocracy.

HansardSociety – eDemocracy Programme (Hans)

The Hansard Society is a non-partisan political research and education charity. Its aim is to strengthen parliamentary democracy and encourage greater public involvement in politics. Established in 1997, the eDemocracy Programme was the first dedicated research unit to explore the political and social impact of information and communications technology (ICT). Nowadays, it undertakes research and evaluation and produce expert commentary and analysis.

University of Koblenz-Landau, Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST).

The institute "WeST - Web Science and Technologies" works on issues related to the usage and the technologies of the World Wide Web. Researchers consider the technical aspects of the Web being a globally networked information system and information services as well as the personal and social aspects of Web usage. They aim at understanding the structure and evolution of the Web, for making the Web even more useful and for ensuring its future prosperity and usefulness. Germane to these aspects are the novel technologies of the Semantic Web, Web Retrieval, Multimedia Web, Interactive Web and the Software Web.

GFI Benelux (GFI)

Since 1995, GFI Group is one of the leading IT service firms in France and Southern Europe. GFI offers consulting, systems and solutions integration and outsourcing. GFI enjoys total annual revenue of well over €600 million and employs close to 10000 people. GFI has more than 40 agencies organised into five regional divisions: Ile-de-France, Northeast, West, Rhône- Alpes and Mediterranean. GFI has a very wide range of technical expertise, including eBusiness, Software development, Consulting, Mainframe, and Networks.

 

OU - Knowledge Media institute (KMi)

The Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) was set up in 1995 in recognition of the need for the Open University to be at the forefront of research and development in a convergence of areas that impacted on the Open University's very nature: Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Artificial Intelligence and Semantic Technologies, and Multimedia. We chose to call this convergence Knowledge Media. Knowledge Media is about the processes of generating, understanding and sharing knowledge using several different media, as well as understanding how the use of different media shape these processes. Our research is aligned with a number of broad strategic threads, currently Future Internet, Knowledge Management, Multimedia & Information Systems, Narrative Hypermedia, New Media Systems, Semantic Web & Knowledge Services and Social Software.

Publikationen

Veröffentlichungen

Wandhoefer, Timo; Thamm, Mark; Mutschke, Peter (2011, to appear): Extracting a basic use case to let policy makers interact with citizens on Social Networking Sites. Proceedings Conference for E-Democracy and OpenGovernment (CeDEM 2011), Danube University Krems, Austria. Addis, M., Taylor, S., Fletcher, R., Wilson, C., Fallon, F., Alani, H., Mutschke, P. and Wandhoefer, T. (2010): New ways for policy makers to interact with citizens through open social network sites - a report on initial results, in: Internet, Politics, Policy 2010: An Impact Assessment (IPP2010), 16-17 September 2010, Oxford, UK (http://eprints.ecs.soton.ac.uk/21073/)

11th Conference on Electronic Government - IFIP EGOV 2012

Wandhöfer, Timo; Van Eeckhaute, Catherine; Taylor, Steve; Fernandez, Miriam (2012): WeGov Toolbox - Politicians engage with Citizens. In: Joint Proceedings of Ongoing Research and Projects of IFIP EGOV and IFIP ePart 2012. p. 267-268.

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International Journal of Electronic Government Research - IJEGR Vol. 8, Issue 3 (2012)

Wandhöfer, Timo; Taylor, Steve; Alani, Harith; Joshi, Somya; Sizov, Sergej; Walland, Paul; Thamm, Mark; Bleier, Arnim; Mutschke, Peter (2012): Engaging Politicians with Citizens on Social Networking Sites: The WeGov Toolbox. In: International Journal of E lectronic Government Research, July-September 2012, Vol. 8, No. 3, p. 22-43.

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4th International Conference on Web Science conference - WebSci12 

Naveed, Nasir and Gottron, Thomas and Sizov, Sergej and Staab, Steffen (2012), “FREuD: Feature-Centric Sentiment Diversification of Online Discussions”. In: Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Web Science (WebSci'12), June 22 – 24, 2012.

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tGovernment Workshop 2012 - tGov2012

Wandhöfer, Timo; Van Eeckhaute, Catherine; Taylor, Steve; Fernandez, Miriam (2012): WeGov Analysis Tools to connect Policy Makers with Citizens Online. In: Proceedings of the tGov Conference, May 8th – 9th 2012, Brunel University, University Kingdom, p. 7.

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Conference of E-Democracy and Open Government – CeDEM12

Geana, Ruxandra; Taylor, Steve; Wandhöfer, Timo (2012): Bringing Citizens' Opinions to Members of Parliament: The Newspaper Story. In: CeDEM12 Conference Proceedings, p. 125-136.

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General Online Research 2012 - GOR12

Wandhöfer, Timo (2012): Approaches for validating automatic Analytic Tool results on social networking data for its Exploitation within Politicians' everyday Workflow. General Online Research 2012 - GOR 2012. Mannheim, 05.-07.03. 2012.

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Journal of eDemocracy - JeDEM, Vol 3, No 2 (2011)

Timo Wandhoefer, Mark Thamm, Somya Joshi (2011) “Politician2.0 on Facebook: Information Behavior and Dissemination on Social Networking Sites – Gaps and Best-Practices”, Journal of eDemocracy, JeDEM, Vol. 3, No.2, pp. 207-215.

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ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (ACM TIST) – Journal

Sizov, Sergej: Latent Spatial Semantics of Social Media. ACM Transactions on Intelligent Systems and Technology (ACM TIST), 2011, to appear.

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Text Retrieval Conference - TREC 2011

Arifah Che Alhadi, Thomas Gottron, Jérôme Kunegis, and Nasir Naveed. (2011) LiveTweet: Microblog Retrieval Based on Interestingess and an Adaptation of the Vector Space Model. In Proceedings of the Text Retrieval Conference, TREC 2011, Gaithersburg, Md. USA.

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20th ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management - CIKM 2011

Naveed, Nasir and Gottron, Thomas and Kunegis, Jérôme and Alhadi, Arifah Che (2011). Searching microblogs: coping with sparsity and document quality. In Proceedings of the 20th ACM international conference on Information and knowledge management, CIKM '11, 2011, Glasgow Scotland, UK, p. 183 -188. ACM, New York, NY, USA.

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Detect'11: international workshop on DETecting and Exploiting Cultural diversiTy on the social web (24 Oct 2011), co-located in CIKM 2011

Kling, Christoph and Gottron, Thomas: Detecting Culture in Coordinates: Cultural Areas in Social Media. Proceedings of the International Workshop on DETecting and Exploiting Cultural diversiTy on the Social Web (DETECT'11), Oct 24, 2011, Glasgow, UK, pp. 11-16.

Sizov, Sergej and Siersdorfer, Stefan and Gottron, Thomas and Sorg, Philipp: Detect'11: International Workshop on DETecting and Exploiting Cultural diversiTy on the Social Web. Proceedings of the 20th ACM Conference on Information and Knowledge Management, CIKM 2011, Glasgow, United Kingdom, October 24-28, 2011, pp. 2621-2622.

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10th International Semantic Web Conference - ISWC 2011

Angeletou, S., Rowe, M. and Alani, H. (2011) Modelling and Analysis of User Behaviour in Online Communities, 10th International Semantic Web Conference (ISWC 2011), Bonn, Germany.

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3rd IEEE International Conference on Social Computing - SocialCom2011

Rowe, M., Angeletou, S. and Alani, H. (2011) Anticipating Discussion Activity on Community Forums, 3rd IEEE International Conference on Social Computing, Boston, USA

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5th International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance - ICEGOV2011

Joshi, Wandhoefer, Thamm, Mathiak, Van Eeckhaute, „Rethinking Governance via Social Networking: The case of direct vs. indirect stakeholder injection“, International Conference on Theory and Practice of Electronic Governance (ICEGOV2011), 26-28 September 2011, Tallinn, Estonia.

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3rd International Conference on eParticipation - ePart 2011

Beales, R., Taylor, S., Walland, P., SNS-Based eParticipation and Cloud Computing – A Consideration of the Issues Raised. In: Electronic Government and Electronic Participation, Joint Proceedings of the Ongoing Research and Projects of IFIP EGOV and ePart 2011, 29 Aug - 1 Sep 2011, Delft, the Netherlands. Trauner Verlag (2011). pp 400-407

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3rd International Conference on Web Science - ACM WebSci 2011

Naveed, Nasir and Sizov, Sergej and Staab, Steffen (2011) ATT: Analyzing Temporal Dynamics of Topics and Authors in Social Media. pp. 1-7. In: Proceedings of the ACM WebSci'11, June 14-17, Koblenz, Germany.

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Nasir Naveed and Thomas Gottron and Jérôme Kunegis and Arifah Che Alhadi (2011). Bad News Travel Fast: A Content-based Analysis of Interestingness on Twitter. In Proceedings of the ACM  Web Science Conference, ACM WebSci'11, June 14-17, Koblenz, Germany.

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8th Extended Semantic Web Conference - (ESWC 2011)

Rowe, Matthew; Angeletou, Sofia and Alani, Harith (2011). Predicting discussions on the social semantic web. In: 8th Extended Semantic Web Conference (ESWC 2011), 29 May - 2 June 2011, Heraklion, Greece.

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Conference of E-Democracy and Open Government – CeDEM11

Wandhoefer, Timo; Thamm, Mark; Mutschke, Peter (2011): Extracting a basic use case to let policy makers interact with citizens on Social Networking Sites: a report on initial results. In: Parycek, Peter; Kripp, Manuel J.; Edelmann, Noella (Hrsg.): CeDEM11: proceedings of the international conference on e-democracy and open government ; 5-6 May 2011, Danube University Krems, Austria, Krems: Ed. Donau-Univ. Krems, S. 355-358.

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3rd ACM Internation Conference on Web search and data mining - WSDM 2010

Sizov, Sergej. (2010) GeoFolk: latent spatial semantics in web 2.0 social media. In In Proceedings of the third ACM international conference on Web search and data mining (WSDM 2010), pp. 281-290.

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Internet, Politics, Policy 2010: An Impact Assessment - IPP2010

Addis, M., Taylor, S., Fletcher, R., Wilson, C., Fallon, F., Alani, H., Mutschke, P. and Wandhoefer, T. (2010) New ways for policy makers to interact with citizens through open social network sites - a report on initial results. Submitted to: Internet, Politics, Policy 2010: An Impact Assessment (IPP2010), 16-17 September 2010, Oxford, UK.

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Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2010

Caroline Wilson (2010). Political Discourse 2.0: A critical consideration of the appropriate legal restrictions to scraping, mining and seeding political discourse on social networking sites. In Society of Legal Scholars Annual Conference 2010, Southampton, UK, September 13-16, 2010.

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IT Law Workshop – Gikii V

Caroline Wilson (2010). "Is it Politic? Policy-makers' use of SNSs in policy-formation". In “IT Law Workshop -Gikii V”, Edinburgh, UK, June 28-29, 2010.

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7th Extended Semantic Web Conference – ESWC 2010

Szomszor, Martin; Cattuto, Ciro; Van den Broeck, Wouter; Barrat, Alain and Alani, Harith (2010). Semantics, sensors, and the social web: The live social semantics experiments. In: 7th Extended Semantic Web Conference, 30 May - 30 June 2010, Heraklion, Greece.

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International Journal of Electronic Governance – IJEG, Vol. 3, No. 4

Souri, E., Karamagioli, E. and Koulolias, V. (2010) ‘The debate on social networking and the usability of SNSs in e-governance’, Int. J. Electronic Governance, Vol. 3, No. 4, pp.373–394.

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