wegov project full details
Professor of Web Science
Timeline:01 Jan 2010 - 30 Sep 2012
Where eGovernment meets the eSociety
Social networking technology provides major new opportunities for policy makers (eGovernment) to engage with the community (eSociety). WeGov 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, YouTube, 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, behaviour, 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.
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.
WeGov is funded under the EU 7th Framework Programme, and involves University of Southampton (IT Innovation and ILAWS), KMi, GFI, Gov2U, GESIS, University of Koblenz, and the Hansard Society.
Wagner, C., Rowe, M., Strohmaier, M. and Alani, H. (2012) Ignorance isn't Bliss: An Empirical Analysis of Attention Patterns in Online Communities, 4th IEEE International Conference on Social Computing, Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Wagner, C., Rowe, M., Strohmaier, M. and Alani, H. (2012) What catches your attention? An empirical study of attention patterns in community forums, International Conference on Weblogs and Social Media, Dublin, Ireland
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
Rowe, M. and Stankovic, M. (2011) Aligning Tweets with Events: Automation via Semantics, Semantic Web Journal, IOS Press
Rowe, M., Angeletou, S. and Alani, H. (2011) Predicting Discussions on the Social Semantic Web, Extended Semantic Web Conference 2011, Heraklion, Crete