E-Participation consists of a lecture (2 SWS) and the corresponding seminar (2 SWS). The classes will be held in English.

Information from KLIPS

Organisational issues

  • Timing: Kick-off meeting: 15th April 2016
  • The lecture and seminar classes are organised as a block - see the timetable,
  • Target audience: Master of Information management, Information Systems, E-Government, Web Science in the first/second year
  • Description of the module, including workload: see WebSIS: 04WI2012 for all target audience mentioned before. For MSc IM or MSc WI, it is also possible to take this lecture as 04WI2015 if they wish to take the module as "Applications of E-Government"
  • Language of the lecture and seminar: English
  • Registration to the lecture via Klips
  • Examination: Exercises and presentations along the lecture. Seminal work and presentation of seminal work
  • Materials and slides: Owncloud will be used to share materials and to collect seminal works and presentations. Students, who have registered to the module, can access it via their University credentials

Learning objectives


  • are able to describe the domain of e-participation and to distinguish it from e-government
  • have knowledge about theories and methods of e-participation
  • know tools and technologies used in e-participation
  • are able to apply a structured engineering approach to plan, analyze and design e-participation projects
  • know about cases and are able to categorize and assess these cases along methods used, tools and technologies deployed, success of the project and impact generated
  • know key success criteria, different evaluation methods and how successful current and past e-participation projects are/were
  • can estimate the impact and value-add of e-participation.

Content of lecture and seminar

The course will provide a deeper understanding of the field e-participation. It will deal with the following contents:

  • Overview of e-participation as a research field
  • Research methods, theoretical grounds as well as tools and technologies for e-participation
  • Methods for analyzing, conceptualizing and managing e-participation projects
  • Introduction to selected cases of e-participation. The cases will be investigated along theoretical grounds, methodological approaches used in the case implementation, technical and organizational settings, as well as impact of e-participation endeavor and use of solution.
  • Monitoring and evaluating e-participation projects
  • Impact of e-participation to society and assessment of the public value-add


  • Proceedings of annual eParticipation conferences (Springer LNCS)
  • R. Davis (ed.), The Web of Politics. Oxford: Oxford University Press
  • Deliverables of DEMO-net.
  • Project cases and deliverables of MOMENTUM and respective projects.
  • Proceedings of Online Deliberation 2010, Leeds University Business School, UK, 2010
  • OECD, 2003, Promise and problems of e-democracy. OECD study
  • Macintosh, A. & Coleman, S. (2004). Promise and Problems of E-Democracy, Challenges of online citizen engagement, OECD
  • Initiative eParticipation & Stiftung MITARBEIT (Hrsg.): E-Partizipation - Beteiligungsprojekte im Internet. Verlag Stiftung MITARBEIT: Bonn, 2007
  • Case descriptions from www.epractice.eu
  • Sæbø, Ø., Rose, J., and Flak, L. S. 2008. The shape of eParticipation: characterizing an emerging research area. Government Information Quarterly 25, 3, 400–428
  • Medaglia, R. 2012. Eparticipation research: moving characterization forward (2006–2011). Government Information Quarterly (GIQ) 29, 3, 346–360

More literature indications are provided in the slides of the lecture.