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 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.

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.

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.
10 Jun

Policy Compass at 4th International Symposium on Operational Research!

The 4th International Symposium and 26th National Conference on Operational Research was held in Chania, Greece between 4th and 6th of June 2015 aiming to disseminate recent scientific advances in operational research and management science (OR/MS) and to promote international co-operation among researchers and practitioners working on OR/MS.

DSSLab NTUA, partners in the Policy Compass project, gave a project-oriented presentation titled “Policy Impact Evaluation Through Prosperity Metrics and Open Data Sources“.

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Participants were engaged in an active discussion on the project’s findings and advancements, as well as for the upcoming milestones and next steps.

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The respective presentation can be found here.

08 Sep

Policy Compass at EGOV / ePart 2014!

The IFIP EGOV conference, together with IFIP ePart, brings together leading researchers and professionals from across the globe and from a number of disciplines.

National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), partner of the Policy Compass project, presented a scientific paper in the context of EGOV / ePart 2014 (entitled “Fusing Open Public Data, Prosperity Indexes, Fuzzy Cognitive Maps and Argumentation Technology for more factual, evidence-based and accountable policy analysis and evaluation”), relevant to the project’s concept and approach.

The relevant presentation can be found here.