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Demo-Net D5.2.2: Argumentation Support Systems for eParticipation

As governments seek to consult their citizens over matters of policy, it becomes increasingly important that citizens receive the relevant information in a medium that they can, and will, want to use in forming their opinion upon consultative issues. This report presents argumentation support systems and sample eParticipation application scenarios of these systems, in order to assess their potential contribution to the consultation process. The systems presented cover techniques for the presentation of complex information in a thematically arranged format, for identifying those issues that generate a significant response, for collating consultation responses and representing them within an argument structure, and for checking upon the consistency of contributions to a debate. As such, argumentation support systems have something valuable to offer both government and civil society.