The consortium represented in the project WeGov is constituted of seven experts in the eParticipation community (Hansard, Gov2u, GFI), the government consulting (GESIS), and the ICT research and development academic community (UoS – ITInn , OU – KMi, UKob – WeST), with an outstanding international reputation and skills in advanced open social networking platforms. The participation of commercial and NGO partners with exploitation interests in both IT and non-IT markets associated with eGovernment provides a strong assurance that the project results will be widely exploited.
The University of Southampton
The University of Southampton (UoS) is participating through two separate departments (ITInn, IAM, and ILAWS).
UoS - IT Innovation Centre (ITInn)
The IT Innovation Centre is an applied research centre with an experience in web-based systems, knowledge management, business processes, security, multimedia, and service-oriented systems.
UoS - Institute for Law and the Web at Southampton (ILAWS)
The Institute for Law and the Web (ILAWS) was established to work on the legal issues, problems and opportunities associated with the Internet, the Web and digital technology. It is a research centre that combines legal expertise in key domains such as information technology law, e-commerce, IT law and public policy, and intellectual property law.
Government To You (Gov2u)
Gov2u is a non-profit, non-governmental organization created by a group of visionary professionals from the fields of Legislative Information and Communication Technology (ICT) and community activism aiming to develop tools that facilitate the everyday work of elected officials and that offer citizens a greater stake in political discourse by enabling them to contribute their ideas, suggestions, and opinions. Gov2u has significant experience in various eVoting and eParticipation projects and is internationally recognized as a pioneer organization in the field of eDemocracy.
GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences
The GESIS – Leibniz Institute for the Social Sciences is an institution which supports and facilitates scientific work at every stage of the research process by providing information, consultation, and data. GESIS is based upon extensive research programs providing services in data, methodolody, and speciliased information. In addition, GESIS delivers individual information and consulting services.
HansardSociety – eDemocracy Programme (Hans)
The Hansard Society is a non-partisan political research and education charity. Its aim is to strengthen parliamentary democracy and encourage greater public involvement in politics. Established in 1997, the eDemocracy Programme was the first dedicated research unit to explore the political and social impact of information and communications technology (ICT). Nowadays, it undertakes research and evaluation and produce expert commentary and analysis.
University of Koblenz-Landau, Institute for Web Science and Technologies (WeST).
The institute "WeST - Web Science and Technologies" works on issues related to the usage and the technologies of the World Wide Web. Researchers consider the technical aspects of the Web being a globally networked information system and information services as well as the personal and social aspects of Web usage. They aim at understanding the structure and evolution of the Web, for making the Web even more useful and for ensuring its future prosperity and usefulness. Germane to these aspects are the novel technologies of the Semantic Web, Web Retrieval, Multimedia Web, Interactive Web and the Software Web.
GFI Benelux (GFI)
Since 1995, GFI Group is one of the leading IT service firms in France and Southern Europe. GFI offers consulting, systems and solutions integration and outsourcing. GFI enjoys total annual revenue of well over €600 million and employs close to 10000 people. GFI has more than 40 agencies organised into five regional divisions: Ile-de-France, Northeast, West, Rhône- Alpes and Mediterranean. GFI has a very wide range of technical expertise, including eBusiness, Software development, Consulting, Mainframe, and Networks.
OU - Knowledge Media institute (KMi)
The Knowledge Media Institute (KMi) was set up in 1995 in recognition of the need for the Open University to be at the forefront of research and development in a convergence of areas that impacted on the Open University's very nature: Cognitive and Learning Sciences, Artificial Intelligence and Semantic Technologies, and Multimedia. We chose to call this convergence Knowledge Media. Knowledge Media is about the processes of generating, understanding and sharing knowledge using several different media, as well as understanding how the use of different media shape these processes. Our research is aligned with a number of broad strategic threads, currently Future Internet, Knowledge Management, Multimedia & Information Systems, Narrative Hypermedia, New Media Systems, Semantic Web & Knowledge Services and Social Software.