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Title: Supporting public decision making in policy deliberations: An ontological approach
Authors: Panagiotopoulos, P
Gionis, G
Psarras, J
Askounis, D
Keywords: eParticipation
Policy deliberations
Decision support
Ontology
Knowledge modelling
Public sector information systems
Publication Date: 2011
Publisher: Springer
Citation: Operational Research, 11(3): 281 - 298, Nov 2011
Abstract: Supporting public decision making in policy deliberations has been a key objective of eParticipation which is an emerging area of eGovernment. EParticipation aims to enhance citizen involvement in public governance activities through the use of information and communication technologies. An innovative approach towards this objective is exploiting the potentials of semantic web technologies centred on conceptual knowledge models in the form of ontologies. Ontologies are generally defined as explicit human and computer shared views on the world of particular domains. In this paper, the potentials and benefits of using ontologies for policy deliberation processes are discussed. Previous work is then extended and synthesised to develop a deliberation ontology. The ontology aims to define the necessary semantics in order to structure and interrelate the stages and various activities of deliberation processes with legal information, participant stakeholders and their associated arguments. The practical implications of the proposed framework are illustrated.
Description: This is the post-print version of the Paper. The official published version can be accessed from the link below - Copyright @ 2011 Springer
Sponsorship: This work is funded by the European Commission under the 2006/1 eParticipation call.
URI: http://www.springerlink.com/content/552327h014382712/
http://bura.brunel.ac.uk/handle/2438/6251
DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s12351-010-0081-3
ISSN: 1109-2858
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