Start date: Oct 1, 2013,
End date: Sep 30, 2016
EU COMMUNITY MERGES ICT AND SOCIAL MEDIA NETWORKING WITH ESTABLISHED ONLINE MEDIA AND STAKEHOLDER GROUPS TO CULTIVATE TRANSPARENCY, ENHANCE EFFICIENCY AND STIMULATE FRESH IDEAS FOR EU POLICY-MAKING.THREE CHALLENGES are identified to reduce complexity and leverage under used technologies.1. Ever more complex policy processes, thousands of contributors and documents, not easily understandable by people. REQUIRE reputation ranks and relevance filters;2. eGov projects grow locally but have limited EU impact due to language, interface and trust barriers. REQUIRE co-development with stakeholders, leveraging visualisation technologies such as curated timelines;3. Social media is prevalent but not helping EU legislation-making yet (except blocking ACTA).NOVEL APPROACH: over 36 months, a consortium of leading research centres, ICT SME's and a large media network, will go from existing tools to further advanced prototype, pilot-testing and roll-out. They are supported by a number of high-calibre experts and a foundation serving as community guarantor. The results will be tested and deployed over an EU policy media network, with a track record of sustainability and multilingualism. Three pilots suiting the EU political mandates 2014-2019 have been selected (FUTURE OF EU, RENEWABLE ENERGY and INNOVATION STRATEGY) and will be undertaken by a network of European stakeholders (policy-makers, journalists, experts, NGO's and informed citizens) in several EU countries, supported by localised policy media.OBJECTIVE: EU Community goes beyond current generation of policy modelling and argumentation tools. It provides decision makers with better policy options by combining social media interactions, qualified contributors, document curation, visual analysis plus online and offline trust-building tools. The results will be open source platforms, and the data itself will be open to re-use by other apps developers.
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