Title: A survey of e-participation research projects in the European Union

Authors: E. Tambouris, E. Kalampokis, K. Tarabanis

Addresses: Informatics and Telematics Institute, Centre for Research and Technology Hellas (CERTH/ITI) and University of Macedonia, 1st km Thermi-Panorama Rd., Thermi, Thessaloniki, 57001, P.O. Box 60361, Greece. ' University of Macedonia, 156, Egnatia str., 54006, Thessaloniki, Greece. ' University of Macedonia, 156, Egnatia str., 54006, Thessaloniki, Greece

Abstract: The introduction of Information and Communication Technologies in the field of public participation has led to the emergence of electronic participation (e-participation). The field of e-participation is rapidly evolving and is characterised by an increasing number of related projects and tools. In this paper we survey e-participation projects financially supported by the European Commission under relevant calls for proposals, i.e., within FP5, FP6, eTen, Interreg and the Preparatory Actions 2006. Our results reveal the total investment in e-participation, the main areas of research, as well as the primary technologies and tools in use within these projects.

Keywords: e-participation research; e-democracy; e-government; research projects; technologies; electronic business; European Union; EU public participation; electronic participation; electronic democracy; electronic government.

DOI: 10.1504/IJEB.2008.021874

International Journal of Electronic Business, 2008 Vol.6 No.6, pp.554 - 571

Published online: 08 Dec 2008 *

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