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Project full title: : Project full title: Welcoming Argument Visualisation to Europe (WAVE)

Project WAVE aims to improve the inclusiveness and transparency of EU decision making at the national and European level by using highly integrated, state-of-the-art Argument Visualisation techniques to make the impact of complex EU environmental legislation on climate change more accessible and easy to understand for citizens, special interest groups and decision makers alike.

WAVE will deploy Debategraph, an innovative argument visualisation platform, in a multi-lingual, cross border context.

WAVE will target cross-border discussions on drafted and implemented legislation. These discussions will be facilitated on Debategraph so as to understand the impact of the proposed and implemented legislation.

WAVE will feed back its results to MEPs and MPs that have affiliated with the project in order to ultimately join up with and inform at least three governments-the national governments of the three trial sites - UK, France and Lithuania.

Uniquely, Debategraph will not only enable citizens and decision makers with differing points of view to more easily comprehend complex environmental debates; it will also empower them - through the use of a collaborative wiki - to work together in developing integrated feedback on legislation.

Moreover, rather than merely visualising the results of individual debates, the WAVE project will depict the relationships between competing argument strands - a factor which is crucial to developing a full understanding of complex, inter - related issues, but which has only now become possible through the use of latest generation web technology.

  • Starting date: February 1st, 2009
  • Duration: 24 months
  • Participating organizations: 8
  • Countries: 6 (Belgium, France, Hellas, Ireland, Lithuania, UK)