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 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.

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.
25 Nov

Policy Compass Presentation at the GSS Meeting!

On Wednesday November 19th the Global Systems Science (GSS) Cluster came together in the EC premises in Brussels, Belgium.

More than 50 participants watched the presentations of the cluster’s projects and were engaged in an active and fruitful dialogue focusing on ideas’ and knowledge exchange, as well as on investigation of possible synergies amongst the presented projects.

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Policy Compass was presented by Fraunhofer FOKUS and received interesting questions and suggestions.

The relevant presentation can be found here.

EU-Community, CONSENSUS, SENSE4US, GLODERS, ePOLICY, EUNOIA, INSIGHT, EVERYAWARE, XLIKE, CONGAS, Simpol, GrowthCom, SYMPHONY, CRISIS and MOOC for Policy (Etoile) were also presented in the context of the GSS Cluster meeting.