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How will the social web evolve in 2009?

11. December 2008 – 15:47 by Bengt Feil

2008 definitely was a great year for everybody involved in social media and the web in general as for example new forms of communication developed (micro-messaging), online video content went mainstream (Hulu) and the largest and most successful online campaign helped to make Barrack Obama into the oval office. But what will 2009 bring to for the citizens of the net? Will it again be another “great” year or will the financial crush and other problems also effect web and it inhabitants? Fast Company posted a great article compiling the predictions for 2009 of eight persons who have different insights into the field. Four main trends can be identified from their statements:

1.) The personal profile on the web will become portable

Chris Brogan of New Marketing Labs thinks that social networks will start to merge and that data portability (e.g. the possibility for users to synchronize their data between platforms) will take off. Mary Hodder (Founder of also thinks that user will be able to unify their online presence. But she also thinks Facebook will have trouble to compete with others in an open environment as they are they best example of a “walled garden”. From my point of view this prediction seems reasonable taking into account the ideas represented in Facebook Connect, Friend connect and Open Social.

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eParticipation Study publish 216 initaitives identified and first iteration of its recommendations

20. August 2008 – 15:18 by Danish Technological Institute

As part of the ongoing eParticipation study eParticipation Study - titled “Study and supply of services on the development of eParticipation in the EU” -  for the European Commission (DG Information Society and Media) the following project deliverables has been submitted to the client and now published:

  • eParticipation good practice cases (D4.2a)
  • eParticipation recommendations (D5.1a)

As part of the study’s initial analysis of eParticipation practitioner initiatives in Europe 216 cases from 18 countries and in 29 different languages have been identified to date and are initially available on our project website.

The first of three iterations of eParticipation related recommendations is also available now on our project website. At the end of the study the third and final iteration will provide a set of practical, and intellectually rigorous, recommendations. The recommendations aim to answer and specify (mainly at European level) the following:

  • What should be done by whom?
  • How this may be achieved?
  • Which types of ICT can be used?
  • How other types of media can be involved?

However, rather than attempting to provide recommendations at this early stage of the project, this first iteration pose a number of tentative questions. Questions which reflect some of the main lines of enquiry appropriate to the study and may help frame the final recommendations. The questions have arisen as a result of the work carried out to date and the current report may as a result also serve as a partial overview of the study as it currently stands.

The next wave of deliverables is foreseen for publication in October/Novermber 2008 and will include updates of all current findings. The second version of the deliverables will therefore reflect the further analysis carried out by the Consortium as well as take into account comments made by the project’s Peer Review Group and the European Commission.

All deliverables are available on the publications/public deliverables section of our project website:

For further and related information please visit or the eParticipation and eDemocracy Network

Morten Meyerhoff Nielsen, Business and Policy Analysis, Danish Technological Institute 

First wave of eParticipation Study deliverables available online

1. July 2008 – 15:37 by Danish Technological Institute

As you may already be aware the European Commission (DG Information Society and Media) funded eParticipation Study - titled “Study and supply of services on the development of eParticipation in the EU” - is currently underway and in this connection the first wave of deliverable has now been prepared and submitted to the EC and a group of external peer reviewer (see for further details).  

Deliverables include:

  • Major factors shaping the development of eParticipation (D1.1a)
  • Key actors in the EU in the field of eParticipation (D1.2a)
  • Main benefits of the eParticipation developments in the EU (D1.3a)
  • Mapping the state of play in eParticipation in the EU (D1.4a)
  • First post-workshop report (D3.1b)
  • Framework for eParticipation good practice (D4.1a)
  • First newsletter (D6.3a)

 In addition the following deliverables will be available end of July:

  • eParticipation good practice cases (D4.2a)
  • eParticipation recommendations (D5.1a)

This first wave of deliverables will be updated for the next deliverables wave expected in October/November 2008. The second version of each deliverable will take into account comments by the European Commission and the project’s peer review group as well as further work conducted by the Consortium Partners in the intervening period.

You may view all deliverables in the publications/public deliverables section on or directly on

Please note that we are continuously looking for people with involvement or experience in eParticipation at the European level who will be able to guide use to relevant eParticipation initiatives, projects, events, etc. We are especially interested in examples at the European level, that may be considered as good practice, or from which lessons can be learned.

If you have not already done so, you may wish to register for the eParticipation and eDemocracy Network on

Morten Meyerhoff Nielsen, Business and Policy Analysis, Danish Technological Institute