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

Please note: the lecture and seminar will be held online. More details will be provided at the kick-off meeting. Seminar presentations will be organised physically, if the COVID-19 situation will permit.

Information from KLIPS

Organisational issues

  • Kick-off meeting will be held on October 26, 2021.
  • Target audience: Master of Information Management, Information Systems, E-Government, Web (and Data) Science in the first/second year
  • Description of the module, including workload: see MoMa: 04WI2010. For MSc IM or MSc WI in  examination ordinances before 2017, 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: Presentations along the lecture. Seminar work and presentation of seminal work
    • Materials and slides: openOLAT is used to share materials and to collect seminar works and presentations. Students, who have registered in Klips to the module, are granted access 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, analyse 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 analysing, 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 endeavour 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.