Update on FP7 support for e-Participation

So far, FP7 has had a low emphasis on e-participation, at least compared to FP6. Two events hosted by the European Commission under their Information Society FP7 programme are coming up next month that look like they will change things.

1. eParticipation Information Day

Come to the eParticipation Information Day and find out what funding opportunities are available within the eParticipation Preparatory Action following the expected adoption of the 2008 Work Programme by the end of April.

The Information Day is scheduled for May 20 2008 in Brussels and a draft agenda for the day has been published.

2. Consulation on visualisation and mass collaboration

Are you interested in policy modelling, opinion visualisation, mass collaborative platforms, large-scale societal simulations? A consultation meeting is being organised on May 28 2008 in the context of the preparation of the Work Programme for 2009 -2010 of the 7th Research Framework Programme.

This sounds interesting, particularly in the context of the recent attention being given to the impact on politics social networking sites and ITC’s past work in argument visualisation:

Hopefully one of us will attend at least one of these – they should be good places for networking with practitioners from around Europe.

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About Peter Cruickshank

Lecturer in the School of Computing and a member of the Centre for Social Informatics at Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland. Interested in information systems, learning, politics, society, security and where they intersect. My attempts at rounding out my character include food, cinema, running, history and, together with my lovely wife, bringing up a cat and a couple of kids.
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