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WeGovNow started

It was a good start to a promising project: on 10 and 11 March, the twelve WeGovNow partners met for the first time in London. The meeting helped them to revise initial ideas and plan their collaboration. Over the next three years, WeGovNow will develop, implement and evaluate collective and participative government approaches for addressing local policy challenges. In these, the use of information and communication technology will play a prominent role.

The project and its partners are building upon earlier research and development by further developing existing solutions and integrating them within a single community engagement platform. This platform will allow people to report problems and suggest improvements, to discuss their relevance, explore ways to fix problems through collective action, find solutions to compensate for resource shortages affecting the quality of publicly provided services, debate topics of strategic nature, and develop and vote upon concrete suggestions for local policy action. 

The WeGovNow platform will:

  • Display all user activities and issues on a user-friendly, OpenStreetMap (OSM) based map interface in ways which boost awareness community interest issues according to user preferences and location in time and space
  • Allow users to interact with each other using social network features
  • Enable the integration and presentation of any relevant open public sector information (PSI) in ways which help raise awareness and trigger discussion about how to address issues of community interest
  • Quality-check the data submitted to the platform as well as the related data on the underlying base map (OpenStreetMap)
  • Effectively support collective formation of opinions
  • Automatically match users and their concrete requests and offers (e.g. concerning participation in collective action and peer-to-peer exchange of neighbourhood support), according to user interests, their time-space preferences and the characteristics of their requests and offers

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