IMPACT Webinars: Tools for Argument Visualization and Structured Consultation

Over on the PEP-NET blog, they just announced a series of webinars for the week after next:

Get involved in the latest developments of eParticipation tools!

Policy analysts, decision makers as well as civil society stakeholders and other people interested in policy-making all have to cope with numerous arguments brought forward in policy debates. The EU-sponsored IMPACT project develops open source online tools that help to make sense of the range of opinions about public policies expressed in policy consultations.

In a series of webinars, four new prototype tools will be presented, followed by an evaluation of the tools in which participants can discuss further improvements and the potential impact of the tools on policy-making. Based on material from the EU’s consultation on the Green Paper on Copyright in the Knowledge Economy, the participants will learn how to formalise and visualise arguments, how to estimate the effects of policy proposals with the help of policy modelling, and how opinions about arguments are assessed with the help of structured consultations.

The first webinar will focus on argument reconstruction and visualization, the second on policy modelling and structured consultation.

Interested? Sign up.

About the IMPACT project:

The IMPACT project addresses Objective ICT-2009.7.3 (ICT for Governance and Policy Modelling) of the 4th Call of the FP7 Work Program. The project pursues both research and development objectives. The research goals of the project aim to further the state-of-the-art of computational models of argumentation about policy issues; contribute to computational linguistics by developing methods for mining arguments in natural language texts; discover ways to increase the inclusiveness and quality of public participation in consultation processes, in ways which cut across language barriers; and, finally, discover or invent user-interfaces and visualizations for computational models of policy argumentation which make these models accessible and usable to a broad public. Each of these research goals will be pursued in a goal-directed way, based on requirements acquired prior to and during the project and by developing and evaluating an Open Source prototype of an argumentation toolbox based on the methods and models resulting from this research.

Tasty stuff!

By the way, has anyone done a history of e-participation research projects in the EU? There’s so much that’s been going on over the past decade or so, it’s hard to keep track.

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