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Policy Gadgets Mashing underlying Group Knowledge in Web 2.0 Media

The PADGETS project (Policy Gadgets Mashing underlying Group Knowledge in Web 2.0 Media) aimed at bringing together two well established domains, the mashup architectural approach of web 2.0 for creating web applications (gadgets) and the methodology of system dynamics in analyzing complex system behavior. The project implemented a prototype service for policy makers that utilized social media technologies and techniques to boost public engagement, enable cross-platform publishing, content tracking and provide decision support. Through the PADGETS platform, policy makers are capable of disseminating their policy messages through multiple social media simultaneously, using a single integrated interface. They are able to reach large user groups in these platforms and collect their feedback, by keeping track of and analysing users’ reactions to the policy message. PADGETS was a three-year STREP project co-funded by the EU under the 7th Framework programme in the domain of ICT for eGovernance and Policy Modelling. It started in January 2010 and was completed in June 2013.

The project consortium consisted of 11 partners from 6 EU member states (Greece, Italy, Ireland, Germany, UK and Slovenia), involving Universities, Research Centres, Industry and the Public Sector.