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    An ontology for next generation e-Participation initiatives

    Porwol, Lukasz and Ojo, Adegboyega and Breslin, John G (2016) An ontology for next generation e-Participation initiatives. Government Information Quarterly, 33 (3). pp. 583-594. ISSN 0740-624X

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    Despite over a decade-long experience of implementing e-Participation initiatives, there have been limited efforts so far to develop a detailed, comprehensive conceptualization for e-Participation considered from three distinct perspectives: as democratic process, a project and a deliberation platform. Current e-Participation literature is replete with fragmented models, which only partially describe aspects of e-Participation with main focus on structuring the “e-Participation” concept as a domain. This has made consistent descriptions and comparative analysis of e-Participation initiatives difficult, thus hindering the overall evolution of e-Participation. Consequently, no comprehensive, formal, executable e-Participation Ontology exists, that could be directly leveraged to facilitate operations of e-Participation initiatives or improving communication and knowledge exchange between similar e-Participation initiatives. In addition, current generation of e-Participation models does not explicitly support the emerging phenomenon of spontaneous, citizen-led e-Participation, in particular hosted on the social media platforms. This work bridges this gap by providing a practical, yet sufficiently detailed, conceptualization along with corresponding formal and executable ontology for next generation e-Participation. These semantic models cover the core facets of e-Participation — as a democratic process, an initiative and a sociotechnical system. The developed models also explicitly support the integrated citizen- and government-led model of e-Participation. For demonstration and validation, we employed the developed e-Participation Formal Ontology as a “design artefact” to describe two e-Participation initiatives at Local Government and European levels.

    Item Type: Article
    Keywords: e-Participation; Duality of e-Participation; Participatory democracy; e-Participation initiative; e-Participation ontology; Online political deliberation; Social media;
    Academic Unit: Faculty of Social Sciences > School of Business
    Item ID: 12847
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    Depositing User: Adegboyega Ojo
    Date Deposited: 01 May 2020 10:28
    Journal or Publication Title: Government Information Quarterly
    Publisher: Elsevier
    Refereed: Yes
    Use Licence: This item is available under a Creative Commons Attribution Non Commercial Share Alike Licence (CC BY-NC-SA). Details of this licence are available here

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