A semantic model for e-Participation

IFIP WG 8.5’s working conferences EGOV and ePart 2013
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LNCS, Springer
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University of Koblenz-Landau
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Germany
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2013
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Poster
The rapid development of e-Participation research in the last decade has resulted in fragmented, loosely related e-Participation models. In our previous work we established a comprehensive Integrative Framework combining existing models. In this paper we move further and conceptualize the elements strictly related to socio-technical aspects of e-Participation by constructing a formal ontology for e-Participation. The innovative model proposed addresses the duality of e-Participation by considering simultaneous government-led, top-down e-Participation, together with citizen-led, social media derived e-Participation. Following the Thalheim’s Construction Workflow pattern for the proposed ontology development, we present the intended implementation for a particular, local e-Participation platform.