19 Oct

Open Policy Making – Policy Making and Open Data Workshop!

Is open data capable of improving political decision making and governance?
Open policy making follows the approach to refine collaborative, evidence-based politics, through applying open data and information technologies. Decision making can become more accurate, transparent and comprehensible.

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On the 10th of November 2016 an open discussion was realised at the Fraunhofer institute FOKUS in Berlin. The European research project Policy Compass and invited speakers from prominent research projects and organisations addressed the workshop to modern policy-makers, SMEs, data journalists and research institutions working on this topic.
More than 35 stakeholders debated with us about how we can shape politics and policy making more efficient and transparent through open data and IT technologies.

All presentations will be made available online in the following days! Stay tuned!

30 Sep

Policy Compass at the Data for Policy Conference!

The Data for Policy conference is an independent initiative to promote interdisciplinary and cross-sectoral discussion between all stakeholders with interest in potentials of Data Science research to enhance government operations and policy-making.

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Policy Compass partners NTUA and CCC presented a scientific publication titled “Policy Compass: Prosperity Indicator-based Accountable Policy Analysis and Evaluation via Open Data Exploitation-Extended Abstract”.

30 Sep

Policy Compass in the Computational Models of Argument (COMMA) Conference!

The International Conference on Computational Models of Argument (COMMA) is a regular forum for presentation and exchange of the latest research results concerning theory and applications of computational argumentation. COMMA topics include, but are not limited to:

  • Formal, semi-formal and informal models for argumentation
  • Dialogue based on argumentation
  • Strategies in argumentation
  • Argumentation and game theory
  • Argumentation and probability
  • Argumentation and narrative
  • Argumentation and computational linguistics
  • Argument mining
  • Analogical argumentation

A publication titled “Formalizing Balancing Arguments” was presented by Policy Compass partner Fraunhofer FOKUS, accompanied by a presentation of a demo prepared through the Policy Compass platform.

30 Sep

Policy Compass at Expertise, evidence and argumentation in the context of public policy-making workshop!

Evidence-based policy-making rests on three pillars that correspond to interlocking phases of the policy-making process. Addressing the relation between evidence, explanation/prediction, and argumentation, the workshop sheded light on how evidence is selected, assessed and presented to support a policy, thus combining communicative, scientific, and political considerations.

Policy Compass partner Fraunhofer FOKUS, represented by Tom Gordon, gave a presentation on the new version of Carneades model of structured argumentation (Version 4), developed in the context of Policy Compass, with better support for cumulative arguments, practical reasoning and multi-criteria decision analysis, applying the insights above, together with web-based software tools using this model to support argument construction, evaluation and visualisation tasks.

30 Sep

Policy Compass at OW2con’16!

Held for the eighth consecutive year, OW2con’16 brought together the OW2 open source community and technology experts, software architects, IT developers, project managers and decision-makers from all around the world.

Policy Compass was presented in the context of OW2con’16 as a service very relevant to the European Data Portal, the portal aiming to become the catalogue of all European public data providing them in all official languages of the European Union.

27 Jun

Policy Compass at DTGS 2016!

The mission of the DTGS Conference was to provide scholars and specialists with a representative platform to discuss contemporary information society development. The Conference addressed various issues of social, political, economic and cultural transformations in the age of digital technologies.

Policy Compass was represented by three partners: ITMO (also among the organisers of the conference), Fraunhofer FOKUS and NTUA.

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Policy Compass organised a project-dedicated workshop, where a platform demo was realised, along with an ITMO pilot presentation. Interesting discussions followed the two presentations, providing important feedback to the Policy Compass consortium.

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In addition, a project-related scientific publication was presented, titled “Digital Transformation: Is Public Sector Following the Enterprise 2.0 Paradigm?“.

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The respective presentation can be found here.

22 Apr

Policy Compass at Central and Eastern European e|Dem and e|Gov Days 2016!

The main theme of this year’s Central and Eastern European e|Dem and e|Gov Days conference (CEEEGOVDays 2016) was to explore how ICT can act as an enabler for transparent and open policy-making process.

The conference aimed to answer questions such as: How can IT contribute to the aforementioned goal? What are the chances and the risks of the use of ICT to promote a European system of Multi-Level eGovernance? What are best practices which could serve as a model for the development of such a system?

This conference addressed public sector practitioners and policy makers, industry professionals and academia alike. The disciplines covered were primarily information sciences, law and administrative science, political science, sociology and economics.

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Policy Compass was represented by the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA) and presented a scientific publication titled “A New Indicator of Social Welfare: A Citizen Centered and Open Data Oriented Approach“.

You may find the respective presentation here.

04 Sep

Policy Compass at EGOV / ePart 2015!

The annual international IFIP EGOV conference is the top-2 ranked core conference in the domain of ICT in the public sector and the public sphere. Each year, scholars from all over the globe present the most recent advancements and findings of research and innovations in e-Government, e-Governance and related fields of study.

The annual international ePart conference is the top-ranked conference in the domain of electronic participation and the 5th-ranked overall conference dedicated to information technologies in the context of public administration and the public sphere.

DSSLab NTUA and Brunel University, partners in the Policy Compass project, presented a scientific paper titled “Policy Compass: FCM-based Policy Impact Evaluation using Public Open Data“.

The respective presentation can be found here.

14 Jul

Policy Compass Workshop in the EGOV 2015 and ePart 2015 Conference!

Policy Compass, along with other Global Systems Science projects, organised a Workshop in the context of the dual EGOV / ePart 2015 conference, titled “Enabling Effective Policy Making – Coupling the Power of the Data with the Wisdom of the Crowd”. The main purpose of the Workshop was to disseminate the project’s platform and up to date results to all participating stakeholders, as well as stimulate discussion on all participating projects.

More than 20 participants with various backgrounds (i.e. researchers, practitioners, policy makers etc.) participated in the workshop, contributing to a live and interesting discussion.

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NTUA DSSLab, partners of Policy Compass, gave a presentation (supported by a corresponding workshop paper) titled “Policy Compass project – Open Data Driven Policy Analysis and Impact Evaluation”.

12 Jun

Policy Compass 5th Plenary Meeting @ Cambridge, UK

The 5th Plenary Meeting of the Policy Compass consortium, accompanied by a two-days technical one, was hosted by the Cambridgeshire County Council in Cambridge, UK between the 9th and 11th of June, 2015.

The participants had fruitful exchange of ideas on the upcoming milestones regarding the project’s platform, as well as on the plans for the Policy Compass pilots’ operation.

Past and future dissemination activities, as well as the project’s exploitation plan,  were also discussed.

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For future news and insights, stay tuned on our website and the project’s social media!