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.

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”.

11 Jun

Policy Compass at EMCIS 2015!

The European, Mediterranean and Middle Eastern Conference on Information Systems (EMCIS) is an annual research event addressing the IS discipline with regional as well as global perspective. EMCIS 2015, held in Athens, Greece, brought together researchers from around the world in a friendly atmosphere promoting free exchange of innovative ideas.

Policy Compass, represented by Brunel University and DSSLab NTUA, organised a workshop in the context of EMCIS 2015. A demo of the (under development) Policy Compass platform was showcased to participants, followed by active discussions and exchange of ideas and opinions.

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In addition, both Brunel University and DSSLab NTUA presented scientific papers relevant to the Policy Compass developments and findings titled:

  • Navigation in Politics – Fuzzy Cognitive Map and Argumentation Approach for Policy  modeling and Analytics” and
  • Policy Impact Evaluation through Prosperity Metrics and Open Data Sources” respectively.
27 Apr

Blog Post #07 – Visualisation in Policy Compass

The increased availability of data has led to a significant evolution in new and impressive ways of visualising and analysing those data sets. There are endless ways of viewing, analysing, interacting with and understanding data. Users are becoming more and more familiar with tools allowing them to interact with data and visualisations.

Visualisations in Policy Compass provide the means to visualise any form of datasets uploaded from open data sources or modified through the use of indexes and metrics within the Policy Compass platform. These visualisations are available in the form of interactive graphs, bar charts, pie charts and maps. The platform provides all the tools needed to create and share interactive visualisations from open data available in Policy Compass and also through data mashups by mixing up different datasets in order to compare performance of different organisations. Visualisations also provide the ability to annotate graphs with the use of historical events from a pool of trusted historical events available in the Policy Compass platform.

The Policy Compass platform allows visualising datasets in the form of line charts, bar carts and pie charts. After the initial release, improvements and new functionalities are added within each subsequent release. The image below shows a visualisation created in Policy Compass with the title “Germany’s Labour Market 2002-2013” which describes the convergence of employment and unemployment in Germany between 2002 and 2013. Policies that affected the labour market are presumed to be part of the Hartz reforms.

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The above visualisation is annotated by three historical events which describe the effect of those events/policies on the data representing the employment and unemployment in Germany. The details below show the information of those historical events which are reflected with the corresponding colour on the above graph.

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In the second version of the platform which is expected by June 2015, the following important functionalities will be available:

  • An option will be added below the graph which will allow the visualisation of the same graph in the form of % by setting the initial point of the graph to 0. This will permit the visualisation of the increase or decrease of data over time having as the same point of initial reference.
  • Recommendations will be available when annotating graphs with historical events. When initiating the wizard and before one searches for relevant historical events, they will be presented with recommendations based on the date clicked on the graph, the datasets used, etc.
  • Visualise data over maps since the platform will support the storage of location data. Data will be represented on top of the corresponding locations on a world map with bubbles, maintaining the same colours as in the rest of visualisations for consistency. The size of the bubble will represent the data itself. A time slider will be available to show how data changes over time. An example is shown below.

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30 Mar

CfP: “Enabling Effective Policy Making – Coupling the Power of the Data with the Wisdom of the Crowd”

You are cordially invited to participate to the Workshop entitled “Enabling Effective Policy
Making – Coupling the Power of the Data with the Wisdom of the Crowd“.

The workshop will be held in conjunction with the eGov/ePart 2015 Conference. eGov is established as the major European event addressing eGovernment Research with the sponsorship of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP).

The purpose of this workshop is to present and discuss the up-to-date methodologies and findings of five of the projects constituting members of the Global Systems Science (GSS) cluster and promote active dialogue among the participants.

Important Dates

  • Deadline for the submission of papers: 01 June 2015
  • Notification of acceptance: 15 June 2015
  • Camera-ready paper submission: 15 August 2015
  • Workshop: 31 August 2015

Papers Submission Guidelines

  • Papers must be in English and describe original work.
  • Papers should not exceed 12 pages in total.
  • Papers will be peer-reviewed.
  • Authors should submit their contributions by email to the Workshop Organisers via email, sending their contribution to the following addresses askous_@_epu.ntua.gr and skous_@_epu.ntua.gr

Workshop Programme Committee

  • Prof. D. Askounis (National Technical University of Athens)
  • Prof. H. Lee (Brunel University)
  • Dr. Y. Glikman (Fraunhofer FOKUS)
  • Prof. J. Psarras (National Technical University of Athens)
  • Assoc. Prof. C. Koutras (University of Peloponnese)
  • Dr. S. Koussouris (National Technical University of Athens)
  • Dr. S. Mouzakitis (National Technical University of Athens)
  • Dr. F. Lampathaki (National Technical University of Athens)

For more details, please find the relevant CfP here.