The WAVE project aims at improving the inclusiveness and transparency of EU decision making at the national and European level by using highly integrated, state-of-the-art Argument Visualisation techniques to make the impact of complex EU environmental legislation on climate change more accessible and easy to understand for citizens, special interest groups and decision makers alike.In WAVE, an innovative argument visualisation platform will be deployed (Debategraph) in a cross border context.Â
In this frame, 3 pilot projectsÂ will be created in the UK, France and Lithuania, as well as a central debate pilot. WAVE will mainly target cross-border discussions on drafted and implemented legislation. These discussions will be facilitated on Debategraph so as to understand the impact of the proposed and implemented legislation.Uniquely, Debategraph will not only enable citizens and decision makers with differing points of view to more easily comprehend complex environmental debates; it will also empower them - through the use of a collaborative wiki - to work together in developing integrated feedback on legislation.WAVE will closely work with MEPs and MPs in order to ultimately join up with and inform at least three governments-the national governments of the three trial sites - UK, France and Lithuania. The climate change debate will be used to test the effectiveness of argument visualisation tools in helping citizens from a variety of demographics to better understand complex issues and evaluate the conditions under which these tools can bear an impact on the environment.
WAVE refers to EU and national legislation and policies on environmental issues and especially on climate change.
WAVE refers to many different stakeholders:
in general, anyone interested in climate change legislation and debates and in argument visualisation techniques.
The WAVE technical solution includes two kind of tools, the Debategraph tool and the WAVE platform; both are described below.
as within debates can be expressed. New material added to Debategraph is under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 3.0 licence.
The WAVE project portal has been built with the use of the Joomla Content Management System (CMS).
WAVE project is still half way, and pilots have not been running for a long time, therefore it is still a little early to report benefits and impact. However, the first comments we are getting from users are positive and decision makers are interested into exploiting its potential.
As mentioned previously, it is probably too early to report on results and lessons learnt. However, our initial experience has already showed some initial lessons that we would like to share here: