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The Virtual Youth Space


Research Area

e-Participation, eGovernment, Technical Interoperability

Short Description

OurSpace is based on the idea that the active involvement of young people in the process of socio-political decision-making plays a very important role in our societies. Therefore, OurSpace, aims to contribute towards bringing the EU closer to the youth by improving their role within the democratic system of the EC through the use of ICT. In this context, OurSpace will try to combine three critical dimensions namely

  • The thematic interest and lack of information of young people
  • The ICT usage
  • The fundamental readiness to participate

In order to identify the key parameters that will create the basis for strategic political communication with young people. In this aspect, the project aims to create a unique online collaboration space designed to actively engage young European citizens in the moulding of their future society.

In this aspect, the project aims to create a unique online collaboration space designed to actively engage young European citizens in the moulding of their future society.

OurSpace will be tailored entirely to the needs of the young European citizens. It will provide a common Social Networking space to support the active participation and real-time collaboration among the European youngsters. The web based platform will include different national and cross-national thematic clusters and the services to be offered include typical social networking features (such as user profile, invitations, membership recommendations, rating, statistics etc) as well as typical eParticipation features (such as polls, blogs, online surveys, fora, petitions etc), including also the necessary content and informative material. Furthermore the OurSpace platform will be promoted to popular social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter and will be also available through mobile devices.

The results of the trials will be communicated to the relevant public administration bodies, National committees and eventually relevant EU institutions responsible for Youth affairs aiming to influence the decision making and policy formation process. In this way, the OurSpace project will ensure that European Young citizens' contribution will reach the decision makers.

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