Open Collaboration

Approaches in the field of governance and policy modelling can benefit from e-participation, in particular if they relate to active stakeholder involvement (Rebedea et al. 2008). The underlying rationale is that the extraction of relevant knowledge and opinions of the stakeholders to a public policy may give reasons for its success or failure. Open collaboration of stakeholders can thereby contribute to understanding the different viewpoints and possible behaviour of stakeholders in regards to individual and group effects of collective policies. Hence, it is necessary to document the consultation and to continuously visualize to stakeholders, what of their contributions and in how far these contributions went into the policy formulated. Besides, Decker and Hauswirth argue that the involvement of experts in the field and of other designated stakeholders is valuable as networked knowledge supports collective problem solving (Decker and Hauswirth 2008).



Decker S, Hauswirth M (2008) Enabling Networked Knowledge. In: Klusch M, Pechoucek M, Polleres A (eds) Cooperative Information Agents XII. LNAI 5180, pp. 1-15, Springer Verlag, Berlin Heidelberg.

Rebedea T, Trausan-Matu S, Chiru CG (2008) Extraction of Socio-semantic Data from Chat Conversations in Collaborative Learning Communities. In: Dillenbourg P, Specht M (eds.) EC-TEL 2008, LNCS 5192, pp. 366–377, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg.


See Maria A. Wimmer, Karol Furdik, Melanie Bicking, Marian Mach, Tomas Sabol, and Peter Butka. Open Collaboration in Policy Development: Concept and Architecture to integrate scenario development and formal policy modelling. In Yannis Charalabidis and Sotiris Koussouris, editors, Empowering Open and Collaborative Governance. Springer Berlin / Heidelberg, 2012.


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