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Computer supported argument maps as a policy memory

Renton, A. and Macintosh, A. (2007) Computer supported argument maps as a policy memory. Information Society Journal, 23 (2). pp. 125-133. ISSN 1087-6537

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This paper investigates to what extent Computer Supported Argument Visualisation can be designed to encourage debate and deliberation by citizens on public issues. Such argument maps use icons and arrows to represent the structure of a series of related viewpoints, reducing the amount of text necessary to convey the ideas, thereby clarifying the issue under consideration. Argument maps have the potential to provide a readily accessible medium by which citizens can follow and join in public debates on policy issues. In this paper we describe our approach, type of maps we have chosen to use and then demonstrate the potential of a collection of maps to form a ‘policy memory’ to support policy development. Our case study is the development of the ‘Smoking in Public Places’ policy in the Scottish Parliament. Our overall aim is to engage citizens in democratic decision-making leading to better policy-making and a more engaged citizenry.

Item Type: Article
Copyright, Publisher and Additional Information: © 2007 Taylor & Francis Group. This is an author produced version of a paper published in The Information Society. Uploaded in accordance with the publisher's self-archiving policy.
Keywords: eParticipation, digital democracy, eGovernment, argument visualisation
Institution: The University of Leeds
Academic Units: The University of Leeds > Faculty of Performance, Visual Arts and Communications (Leeds) > Institute of Communication Studies (Leeds)
Depositing User: Professor Ann Macintosh
Date Deposited: 16 Apr 2008 17:04
Last Modified: 08 Feb 2013 17:05
Published Version: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01972240701209300
Status: Published
Publisher: Taylor and Francis Group
Refereed: Yes
Identification Number: 10.1080/01972240701209300
URI: http://eprints.whiterose.ac.uk/id/eprint/3744

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