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SENSE4US announces its collaboration with STEP project

STEP is an EU funded project that aims to promote the societal and political participation of young people in decision making procedures on environmental issues. For this, STEP develops and pilot tests a cloud eParticipation SaaS platform, enhanced with web / social media mining, gamification, machine translation, and visualisation features to facilitate the better interaction between young people and policy makers.

SENSE4US will collaborate with STEPS as far as sharing knowledge and cross-dissemination issues are concerned.

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SENSE4US announces its collaboration with Policy Compass project

It is among the project's dissemination objectives to share knowledge, cross-disseminate project news and collaborate with other similar projects. In this context, SENSE4US is announcing its collaboration with Policy Compass project.

The main goal of Policy Compass is to develop a research prototype of an easy-to-use, highly visual and intuitive tool for social networks and eParticipation platforms, enabling citizens and public officials to easily create, apply, share, embed, annotate and discuss causal models, charts and graphs of historical data from trusted open data sources. The aim is to develop methods and tools that facilitate more factual, evidence-based, transparent and accountable policy evaluation and analysis.

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International Journal of Public Information Systems (IJPIS): Available the Call for Papers "Policy Making and Public Information Systems"

The International Journal of Public Information Systems wants to link researchers and other professionals who share an interest in the process, nature, significance and implications of public information systems design.

The journal is a forum for analytical and comparative articles, essays, case-studies, and book reviews on such topics as innovation and research, intellectual property, entrepreneurship, and products. The journal publishes insightful pieces intended for general readers as well as specialists. To illuminate important debates and draw attention to specific topics, the journal occasionally publishes thematic issues.

Call for Papers: Special issue on “Policy Making and Public Information Systems"

Deadline extended to June 15th

This special issue is an initiative of IJPIS in collaboration with the EU FP7 project “Data insights for policy makers & citizens”,

Policy making is a complex activity since it involves striking a balance between legal requirements, intended outcomes, the limits of scientific knowledge at any given time, and the public response to the policy. Whilst incorporating popular input into the process is crucial to the legitimacy and acceptability of the outcome, it is also desirable to match citizen’s expectations and demands to the policy. Questions of great concern for policy makers then become how  to base policy on the existing knowlegde base? How to trust the sufficiency of data, its complexity and representation, as well as what extent the impact of a policy can be predicted before it is implemented? The full impact of policy decisions is not always obvious at the time the policy is formulated or enacted, and any short-comings of the policy become known when it is too late to change it. In this stage, policy makers and analysts alike wrestle with how to intelligently filter information according to relevance, relationship and provenance. Of special interest for this special issue is how publicly available data or information systems aimed for the public are used, can be used, should be or should not be used in the policy making process ranging from the local to the international arena. Papers focusing on the following areas are therefore of interest for this call:

  •         Integrity and privacy issues in information gathering for policy analysis
  •         Search technologies for information retrieval and filtering and sense making of data
  •         Trust and reliability concerns of public data or public information systems within the context of policy making
  •         Legal and regulatory aspects of exploiting public data and public information systems for policy making
  •         Multi-modality of information sources, methods for information aggregation and  information fusion for policy making
  •         Values and motivations underlying the use or non-use of public data and public information systems for policy making
  •         Decision support technologies for policy analysis enabled by interaction with public information systems
  •         Citizen science
  •         Crowdsourcing governance
  •         Innovative techniques for data visualization, simulation and sense-making within the context of Big Open Linked Data (BOLD)
  •         Use cases and case studies

Submission deadline: June 15th 2016

Accepted papers to be published during 2016.

Contact editors: Aron Larsson and Somya Joshi, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it., This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

SENSE4US project has joined as a member the European Centre for Social Media

SENSE4US project is announcing its membership in the European Centre for Social Media.

European Centre for Social Media (ECSM) is a forum supporting the organisation of social media technologic and marketing activities, training and dissemination venues. Areas covered involve social media analytics, verification, visualization and their applications, e.g. in news, marketing, e-gov, e-participation, and more.

For more information you can visit the website of ECSM:

"Whose Future Is It Anyway? Limits within Policy Modeling" - an interesting paper by Dr Somya Joshi, SENSE4US partner

Dr Somya Joshi, SENSE4US partner from eGovlab, wrote an interesting paper along with Teresa C-Pargman, Andreas Gazis, Daniel Pargman. The paper offers a critical understanding of the boundaries that are traversed by the implementation of BOLD (Big Open Linked Data) within policy modelling.

Read the paper posted on our Publications section