The official notes from the workshop I mentioned back in June are now online…
Report on the Edinburgh Workshop on Challenges and Barriers of eParticipation Research and Practice
The Edinburgh workshop brought together practitioners, academics and the ICT industry and provided a forum where participants could jointly consider challenges, success factors, needs and barriers of eParticipation research and application across Europe.
The workshop focused on questions such as how research can be brought to implementation and application as well as how the needs of practice can be taken up by research. Discussion also addressed means to realise a stronger dialogue between research and practice. Benefits for governments, politicians, ICT industry, research, citizens and the general public have been examined as well.
You can get it from the Demo_NET site via this link.
The open source movement gets some mention – in that there is disagreement whether to treat it as a source of “cheap” software, or as something more central to a participatory model of government, and a wariness by existing ICT consultants (such as iNovem, one of the participents) of the consequences for their business if government starts using open source significantly.