PADGETS project newsletter - June 2013



The objective of PADGETS is to implement a prototype service for
policy makers that utilizes social media technologies and techniques to
boost public engagement, enable cross-platform publishing, content
tracking and provide decision support. Through the PADGETS platform,
policy makers are capable of disseminating their policy messages through
multiple social media simultaneously, using a single integrated
interface. They are able to reach large user groups in these platforms
and collect their feedback, by keeping track of and analysing users’
reactions to the policy message.

A video
presenting PADGETS platform is now available online.


Pilot experimentations
of the PADGETS concepts and operations have been carried out in Italy,
Slovenia and Greece. Each piloting action has been constructed around a
specific topic of primary interest for end users and decision makers. The
scope of the pilots is to evaluate the concept of Policy Gadget (Padget)
as innovative tool for leveraging the group knowledge produced over
Social Media platforms inside policy making processes. An overview of the
pilots per country is presented as follows:

PADGETS Pilot in
Italy, with the support of the Piedmont Region

The pilot is focused
on allowing local administration policy makers to gather and analyse
citizens’ responses to the planned regional implementation of
telemedicine in Piedmont Region.

PADGETS Pilot in
Slovenia, with the support of the Centre for eGovernance Development

Pilot campaigns run in
Slovenia and are focused on: Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement, Media
Freedom, Corruption, Cooperative Society, Tax Fraud, European year of
Citizens and Tender Puch Europe Publishment. PADGETS is used by the
Slovenian Members of the European Parliament to publish information
related to the above campaigns and track citizens’ opinions.

PADGETS Pilot in

Three Pilot campaigns
run in Greece:

A PADGETS campaign concerning policies to
exploit Wind Power as an alternative and renewable energy source;

A PADGETS campaign concerning the
Financial Crisis in the Southern European Countries. The “South In Talk”
campaign is organized in cooperation with policy makers and institutions
from other Southern European Countries (Italy, Spain, Portugal);

A PADGETS campaign concerning Women
Entrepreneurship. The scope is to come up with a proposition on how the
EU directive on improving the gender balance among non-executive
directors of companies should be implemented in Greece.


PADGETS Platform
and Tools available

PADGETS policy making
and modelling platform is available and is accessible here! The platform
empowers policy makers to initiate a policy campaign and disseminate
their policy messages through multiple social media simultaneously by
only using a single integrated interface.

are now available in PADGETS website.

For evaluating PADGETS Application take the survey! It only
takes a few minutes.


PADGETS in the
top-10 Policy Making 2.0 applications worldwide

The PADGETS project
was nominated among the 10 best Policy - Making 2.0 applications, in the
international competition organised by the CROSSOVER project and
presented at the International Conference on
Policy Making 2.0
in Dublin, June 17 and 18, 2013.

The competition targeted policy-making 2.0 applications making the best
use of technology to improve the design, delivery and evaluation of
Government policy, with a focus on implementation that can show a real
impact on policy making, either in terms of better policy or wider

The policy-making 2.0 technologies showcased by the competing
applications included:

Open and big data

Visual analytics

Modelling and simulation

Collaborative governance and crowdsourcing

Serious gaming

Opinion mining

PADGETS combines
social networking interoperability, social media analytics, opinion
minining and simulation techniques, to enable policy makers in managing
on-line campaigns towards reaching justified decisions. Cizens
participate in various modes and forms with the assistance of web based
and mobile applications, that support several types of behaviour.


PADGETS at a new
book on electronic participation and urban crowdsourcing.

A new book on
goverance innovation has been announced by IGI Global, edited by Carlos
Nunes Silva, from University of Lisbon. The book will be made available
in June 2013.
E-Participation in Urban Governance Crowdsourcing and Collaborative
Creativity "
 explores the nature of the new
challenges confronting citizens and local governments in the field of
urban governance.

This comprehensive reference source explores the role that Web 2.0
technologies play in promoting citizen participation and empowerment in
the city government and is intended for scholars, researchers, students,
and practitioners in the field of urban studies, urban planning,
political science, public administration. Topics covered by the various
sections include crowdsourcing, e-democracy, e-participation, geographic
information management, open source in urban governance and more.

In this book Enrico Ferro and Michele Osella (Istituto Superiore Mario
Boella), Euripidis Loukis and Yannis Charalabidis (University of the
Aegean), have contributed the chapter on social media policy making,
consolidating and reflecting upon the project experiences in Italy:
“Policy Gadgets for
Urban Governance in the Era of Social Computing: An Italian Pilot on

The book is to be made available by IGI and global electronic retailers
in June 2013.

For more information click here!


 Enrico Ferro, Euripidis Loukis, Yannis
Charalabidis, Michele Osella, “Policy Making 2.0: From Theory to
Practice”, Government Information Quarterly

 Enrico Ferro, Euripidis Loukis, Yannis
Charalabidis, Michele Osella, “Evaluating Complex Forms of Social Media
Use in Government”, 19th Americas Conference on Information Systems –
Chicago, Illinois, USA, August 2013



Samos 2013
Summit on Digital Innovation for Government, Business and Society, Samos,
Greece, July 1-5, 2013

The 4th Samos Summit
on Digital Innovation for Government, Business and Society will be held
in Samos, Greece on July 1 – 5, 2013 and is co-organised by the University of Aegean,
the Greek Interoperability Centre
of the National Technical University of Athens, the ENGAGE
eInfrastructures project on Open Data, the NOMAD and PADGETS projects
on Social Media policy making (co-funded by the European Commission).It
offers an unprecedented opportunity to see, interact with and influence
cutting-edge European ICT research projects and initiatives. Attended by
high caliber experts from research, administrations and enterprises, the
Samos 2013 Summit focuses on the newest developments of Information and
Communication Technologies and innovative applications in the context of
the public and private sector.

Main topics of the Samos 2013 Summit include:

 Policy modeling

 Collaborative Governance

 Collective awareness platforms

 Big, Open and Linked Data

 Complex societal problem solving

 Digital enterprise and Factory of the

 Digital youth entrepreneurship

 Horizon 2020 programme

This year, Samos
Summit will also include the 1st International Summer
School on Open and Collaborative Governance
which offers the
possibility to younger members of the research community to enjoy
tutorials, project workshops and experts panels on how ICT transforms
governance and policy making.

For more information click here!


PADGETS has participated
in many events, workshops and conferences and made presentations
(including conferences presentations, demonstrations etc.) during the
last months of the project lifetime. An indicative list of these can be
found below:

 Conference, Centre for
eGovernance Development
, Bled, Slovenia, March 29-30, 2012

Workshop “Decision Support Systems for
Policy Makers”, Torino, Italy, April 12, 2012

 SMAU BUSINESS ROMA : Smau Roma 2012
Mobile App Camp, Rome, Italy, April 21, 2012

 Social Media Week Panel,
, Torino, Italy, September 28, 2012

 Conference PA 140
organized by the Piedmont Regional Council (centered on new forms of
Government 2.0 enabled by the systematic exploitation of Social Media),
Torino, Italy March 7, 2013

 Conference: FP7 Egovernance and policy
Modeling projects, Sheffield, UK, January 27, 2012

 Samos 2012 Summit
on “Open Data and Interoperability for Governance, Industry and Society”,
Samos, Greece, July 2-6, 2012

 Workshop: policy making 2.0, Sheffield,
UK, April 1, 2012

 Workshop: Digital Literacy, skills and
inclusion, Seville, Spain, May 3, 2012

 Workshop: Digital Literacy, skills and
inclusion, Seville, Spain, September 6, 2012

 Workshop: Digital Literacy, skills and
inclusion, Granada, Spain, May 29, 2013

 Transforming Government Workshop 2013
(tGov2013), London, UK, April 22-23, 2013

 Project presentation during Net-Eucen
workshop on sustainable urban mobility, Rome, Italy, April 24, 2012

 Project presentation within Enel (
internal tutorial on Social Media Marketing, Cagliari, Florence and Rome
(Italy), April 17, 19 and 20, 2012

 Project presentation at IT-SA exhibition,
Nuremberg, Germany, December 16-18, 2012

 Project presentation at Faculty of Social
Sciences, University of Ljubljana, Slovenia, March 29, 2013


2012 Participants, outside Karlovassi Town Hall.


Netter (UREG) at IT-SA Exhibition


Netter, M. , Riesner, M. , Weber, M.
Pernul, G. (2013),
Settings in Online Social Networks-Preferences, Perception, and
, Proc of the 46th
Hawaii International Conference on System Science (HICSS), Maui, Hawaii,

Riesner, M. , Netter, M. Pernul, G.
Settings for Social Identity Management on Social Networking Sites:
Classification, Current State, and Proposed Developments"
, Information Security Technical Report ,
17, 4, Elsevier

Netter, M. , Hassan, S. Pernul, G., "An Autonomous Social Web Privacy
Infrastructure with Context-Aware Access Control"
, 9th International Conference on Trust,
Privacy & Security in Digital Business (TrustBus 2012), Vienna,
Austria, 4-6 Sept. 2012

Riesner, M. , Netter, M. Pernul, G., "An Analysis of Implemented and
Desirable Settings for Identity Management on Social Networking
, 7th
International Conference on Availability, Reliability and Security (ARES
2012), University of Economics, Prague, Czech Republic, August 20th -
24th, 2012

Netter, M. (2012), "Conceptualizing Transparency on
Online Social Networks"
, Tiny Transactions on Computer Science (TinyToCS) , 1

Netter, M. , Herbst, S. Pernul, G. (2013),
Impact Analysis of Privacy in Social Networks"
, Altshuler, Y., Elovici, Y., Cremers, A.,
Aharony, N. Pentland, A. (eds.) Security and Privacy in Social Networks,

Loukis, E., Charalabidis, Y.,
Diamantopoulou, V. (2012),
“Different Digital Moderated and non-Moderated Mechanisms
for Public Participation”
, European Mediterranean Conference on Information Systems
(EMCIS) 2012, 7-8 June 2012, Munich, Germany

Charalabidis, Y., Loukis, E.,
Androutsopoulou, A. (2012),
“A System Dynamics Approach for Complex Government Policy
Design - Application in ICT Diffusion”
, 9th International Conference on Modeling, Simulation and
Visualization Methods (MSV'12), July 16-19, 2012, USA

Charalabidis, Y., Loukis, E. (2012), “Participative Public Policy Making
Through Multiple Social Media Platforms Utilization”
, International Journal of Electronic Government
Research (SCOPUS), Vol. 8, No 3, pp. 78-97

Charalabidis, Y., Loukis, E. (2012), “Towards New Web 2.0 Based Multi-Channel
Approaches to e-Participation”
, Yogesh Dwivedi (Ed) ‘Transformational Government through
eGov: Socio-economic, Cultural, and Technological issues’, Emerald

Charalabidis, Y., Kleinfeld, R., Loukis,
E. (2012),
“Towards a
Rationalisation of Social Media Exploitation in Government Policy-Making
, European Journal
of ePractice (sponsored by the European Commission), Nº 16, June/July
2012, pp. 77-93

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