The PADGETS Project on Social Media for Governance : March Newsletter

The first newsletter of the PADGETS project has just been published. 

PADGETS is project on ICT for Governance and Policy Modelling co-funded by the European commission under the FP7. The vision of the PADGETS is to bring 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.

In this newsletter, we provide you with information about the latest developments, upcoming and past events as well as recent publications.

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PADGETS project is beng implemented by an international consortium, coordinated by the University of Aegean / IS Lab (