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Knowledge Interoperability among Parliaments and Government

Knowledge Interoperability among Parliaments and Government
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Author(s): E. Loukis (University of Aegean, Greece) and Alexandros Xenakis (Panteion University, Greece)
Copyright: 2012
Pages: 18
Source title: Innovative Mobile Platform Developments for Electronic Services Design and Delivery
Source Author(s)/Editor(s): Ada Scupola (Roskilde University, Denmark)
DOI: 10.4018/978-1-4666-1568-7.ch012

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Abstract

Parliaments possess huge amounts of valuable knowledge on public policies which concerns social needs, problems, and interventions for addressing them. This knowledge is highly useful to other parliaments and also to government agencies of various layers. However, this valuable knowledge is hidden in numerous text documents so that it cannot be efficiently exchanged and exploited. In this regard, it is highly important to extend the concept of interoperability among information systems (IS) of Parliaments and Government Agencies so that it covers not only the ‘operational level’, but also the ‘knowledge level’. This paper presents a methodology for achieving higher level interoperability among IS of parliaments and government agencies with respect to the exchange of public policy related knowledge. It is based on the use of the complex problems representation ontology provided by the ‘Issue-Based Information Systems’ (IBIS) framework for codifying public policy related knowledge. An application of the proposed methodology is presented for the case of the law on the ‘Contracts of Voluntary Cohabitation’, which has been recently passed by the Greek Parliament. The evaluation of this application gave encouraging conclusions as to the usefulness of this methodology and resulted in the development of a refinement of the IBIS ontology.

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