technical interoperability, semantic interoperability, political and legal interoperability, e-Government
Today the ever growing visibility
of the web as a medium that exhibits the potential to attract and
maintain society's involvement coupled with the need for a more
citizen-centric and socially-rooted policy making, calls for novel
tools with the capability to analyze society's input and forecast
the possible impact of policies. Thus, more citizen-centric
governance arises more pressing than ever.
PADGETS aims at bringing together
two well established domains, the mashup architectural approach of
web 2.0 for creating web applications (gadgets) and the methodology
of system dynamics in analyzing complex system behaviour. The
objective is to design, develop and deploy a prototype toolset that
will allow policy makers to graphically create web applications
that will be deployed in the environment of underlying knowledge in
Web 2.0 media. For this reason, the project introduces the concept
of Policy Gadget (Padget) - similarly to the approach of gadget
applications in web 2.0 - to represent a micro web application that
combines a policy message with underlying group knowledge in social
media (in the form of content and user activities) and interacts
with end users in popular locations (such as social networks,
blogs, forums, news sites, etc) in order to get and convey their
input to policy makers.
Through the PADGETS platform any
policy can become a reusable and communicable web application to be
used in relation to underlying content and social activities over
the web. Policy makers will be able to set up such applications on
their own and use them to communicate their policies to the public.
People can use these applications as they use everyday services and
policy makers can track the results of this interaction back to
their policy making process to assist them in reaching solid
decisions that represent society's input and aspirations.