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wegovClosing the loop between governments & citizens The aim of the WeGov project is to improve the engage- ment between government policy-makers and citizens via popular social networking sites. A cutting-edge toolbox allowing policy-makers to: • use the power of social networking to improve the policy-making process; • engage with citizens via social media & understand their actual opinions; • highlight those citizens’ opinions that should influence policy decisions. What is the WeGov toolbox? The WeGov toolbox (software solution) is a web applica- tion, which includes tools and components that support policy-makers in the analysis of social networks. Search - searches and monitors discussions on social networking sites according to parameters such as: which networks to search, keywords defining the theme of the query, and geographical locations. The output of searches can be used in WeGov’s analysis tools. Topic Analysis - reorganizes & summarises comments according to groups of words (concept groups) that represent areas of discussions within a wider debate, enabling the user to quickly see themes running through the comments. www.wegov-project.eu Discussion Activity Analysis - highlights important posts by predicting which posts and users will generate more attention. User Behaviour Analysis - predicts who the influential social media users are by classifying them according to their behaviour and interactions within social media.
WeGov field trials The WeGov field trials consist of direct contact for the evaluation of the WeGov software solution with policy-makers to gather their needs, thoughts and feedback. The key purpose is to evaluate the WeGov toolbox and its added value, and to investigate its usage as a complement to decision-making processes regarding any given policy-theme. WeGov_project • Engagement activities with the German Parliament, the Federal Parliament of Nordrhein-Westfalen in Germany. • Engagement activities with the Committee on the Internal Market and Consumer Protection (IMCO) of the European Parliament. • Engagement activities with non-profit organisations, local authorities and political parties from different EU countries. WeGov projectwww.wegov-project.eu firstname.lastname@example.org This project has been funded with support from the European Commission under the SEVENTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME THEME ICT 2009.7.3 ICT for Governance and Policy Modelling.