(VoiceS )

Period: Jan 01, 2009 - Dec 31, 2010
Status: abgeschlossen

VoiceS updated and complemented the VoicE Internet platforms with the objective to promote the dialogue between citizens from European regions and “their” regional policy makers from the European parliament or the Assembly of Regions – hence creating a direct link between citizens and the representatives from their region. In terms of contents, the project continued to focus on the policy field of consumer protection in the EU (a field of high relevance to each citizen) and built on the community and contacts already well-established.

VoiceS was targeted at the following legislative processes:

  • the legislation proposal formation stage
  • the debate on draft legislation

With VoiceS, by incorporating results of other eParticipation projects1, a whole array of new features was added to the platform, this way enhancing its functionalities for both citizens and EU decisionmakers dramatically:

  • by incorporating semantic applications and ontologies, platform users (citizens, MEPs, platform management) will gain access to a multitude of advanced tools: Automatic translation, automatic text summaries, improved search engines, improved tagging (cloud tagging).
  • by including a Serious Game as a learning component, VoiceS platform will make the complex EU codecision procedure accessible to a large audience (especially among younger citizens), thus providing necessary understanding and enabling them to contribute actively to the platform.
  • including Social networking tools into the strategy for platform marketing and promotion will increase platform outreach drastically, providing access to new user groups and stakeholders.

Apart from new functions, via its Toolkit for Regional eParticipation initiatives, VoiceS also deliver services to help other regions setting up similar initiatives of their own, beyond the limited framework of this initiative.


Co-funded by the European Commission within the eParticipation Preparatory Actions

Project partner

Medien und Filmgesellschaft Baden-Württemberg (MFG)
Dirección General de Modernización de Valencia (DGM)

Europa Zentrum Baden-Württemberg (EZBW)
Fundación Comunidad Valenciana - Región Europea (FCVRE)
University of Koblenz-Landau (UKL)

Ministry for Nutrition and Rural area (MLR)

Austrian Parliamentary Administration (AUP)




Scherer, Sabrina; Wimmer, Maria A.; Schepers, Johanna (2012): Regional Participation Model to Engage Citizens in Distant Decision Making. In: Charalabidis, Yannis; Koussouris, Sotiris: Empowering Open and Collaborative Governance. Springer Berlin / Heidelberg. S. 139-155.


Scherer, Sabrina; Wimmer, Maria A.; Ventzke, Stefan (2010): Hands-on guideline for e-participation initiatives. In: Janssen, Marijn; Lamersdorf, Winfried; Pries-Heje, Jan; Rosemann, Michael: E-Government, E-Services and Global Processes, Joint IFIP TC 8 and TC 6 International Conferences EGES 2010 and GISP 2010. Springer Verlag, Berlin. Nr. 334. S. 49-61.

Scherer, Sabrina; Wimmer, Maria A. (2010): A Regional Model for E-Participation in the EU: Evaluation and Lessons Learned from VoicE. In: Tambouris, Efthimios; Macintosh, Ann; Glassey, Oliver: Proceedings of the Second international conference on eParticipation (ePart 2010), 29 August - 2 September 2010 in Lausanne, Switzerland. Springer Berlin / Heidelberg. Nr. 6229. S. 162-173.

Augustin, Andreas; Scherer, Sabrina; Wimmer, Maria A. (2010): Web 2.0 und E-Partizipatin am Beispiel der VoicE Plattform. In: Fachtagung Verwaltungsinformatik FTVI, Fachtagung Rechtsinformatik FTRI 2010. Universität Koblenz-Landau. Nr. 2. S. 17-19.


Holzner, Matthias; Schepers, Johanna; Scherer, Sabrina; Karamagioli, Evika (2009): Beyond Web 2.0 - What Serious Games, Semantics and Social Networks can Contribute to eParticipation. In: Cunningham, Paul; Cunningham, Miriam: Proceedings of the eChallenges e-2009 Conference. International Information Management Corporation.

Scherer, Sabrina; Wimmer, Maria A.; Ventzke, Stefan (2009): Modellierung von Prozessen für E-Partizipation in BPMN. In: Fischer, Stefan; Maehle, Erik; Reischuk, Rüdiger: Proceedings der Informatik 2009, Im Focus das Leben, 28.9.-2.10.2009, Lübeck. Köllen Druck+Verlag GmbH, Bonn. Bd. 154. S. 205, 1804-1813.

Scherer, Sabrina; Holzner, Matthias; Karamagioli, Evika; Lorenz, Mathias; Schepers, Johanna; Wimmer, Maria A. (2009): Integrating Semantics, Social Software and Serious Games into eParticipation: The VoiceS Project. In: Electronic Participation: Proceedings of Ongoing Research, General Development Issues and Projects of ePart 2009, 1st International Conference, ePart 2009 Linz, Austria, September 1-3, 2009. Linz, Austria: Trauner. S. 151-158.

Scherer, Sabrina; Wimmer, Maria A.; Ventzke, Stefan (2009): Requirements and recommendations for eParticipation applications. In: Proceedings of the Electronic Democracy (EDEM) conference 2009, 7.-8.9.2009 University of Economics and Business Administration, Vienna. S. 187-197.

Gil, Sandra; Scherer, Sabrina; Monrós, Celsa (2009): Giving citizens from the regions their VoiceS in EU legislation with WEB 3.0 tools. In: e-Gov 2.0: pave the way for e-participation. S. 134-140.