Note on Workshop on FP7 eGovernance and Policy Modelling Projects

On January 27th, 2012, I attended a workshop in Sheffield, United Kingdom on current FP7 eGovernance and Policy Modelling projects. This was an opportunity to hear from and meet participants in other projects, largely based in the United Kingdom. The information (somewhat augmented) about the workshop is below. My colleagues in the IMPACT Project, Professor Ann Macintosh and Neil Benn, presented our side of the story.

  • To close the gap between the availability of cutting edge R & D in eGovernance and Policy Modelling and its take-up in local and central government. It will bring the new governance projects and those about to exploit their results into a collaborative environment.
  • To link the projects currently creating the best practice of the future with initiatives seeking to share current best practice, thus assisting with “exploitation” of the new initiatives.
  • To briefly assess how these initiatives may be of global benefit by examining how China may be encouraged to take a short cut to sustainable development and looking at joint approaches to China.
  • Agenda

  • Introduction and background to the event. Baudouin de Sonis, Chief Executive of EU e-Forum, Brussels.
  • Presentations of some current EU FP7 Projects

  • The IMPACT Project
    Tools to support policy-making using computational argumentation.
    Professor of Digital Governance, Co-Director of the Centre for Digital Citizenship, The University of Leeds.
  • The CATCH Project
    Tools in a carbon-reduction context.
    Dr Steve Cassidy, MRCMH, Edinburgh
  • +SPACES project
    Michael Gardner, University of Essex.
  • The FUPOL project
    Tools in a sustainable development context.
    Gary Simpson and Jonathan Gay –EASY Connects, South Yorkshire.
  • PADGETS project
    A toolset that will allow citizens and public administration decision makers to engage interactively in group planning, simulation and assessment of governmental policy.
    Prof Paul Foley, Tech4i2 Loughborough/Brussels.
  • CROSSOVER project
    Reinforcing links between different global communities of policymakers, researchers, experts and citizens through a combination of content production and ad hoc and online and offline animation.
    Prof Paul Foley, Tech4i2
  • ePOLICY project
    Supporting the decision making process through opinion-mining and visualisation tools.
    Tina Balke, University of Surrey.
  • iSAC+6
    A tool for filtering and redirecting public service enquiries using text analytics and an ontological information structure.
  • Policy making and the real world
    Presentations of three new Interreg IVC projects with South Yorkshire partners covering sharing of current best practice in environmental policy making, set in a wider vision for Sheffield.

  • Slicker Cities: Doing the right thing
    Policies which are required to enable Sheffield to become an exemplar in tackling climate change.
    Edward Murphy. Technical Director. Mott MacDonald.
  • RE-GREEN Project
    Sheffield sustainable development policy.
    Adrian Hacket, Building for Future, Sheffield.
  • RENERGY Project
    Ian Bloomfield, Durham County Council
  • South Yorkshire Forest Interreg IVC Project
  • What Next?

  • Presentation of event to take place in China in July to share best practice in governance and establish strong future collaborations. Dr Shaun Topham, President EU e-Forum and EU-China e-Forum.
  • Discussion covering opportunities for realising any synergies emerging between the various initiatives represented or for new initiatives.
    Dr Bridgette Wessels, ICOSS, University of Sheffield
  • By Adam Wyner

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