Citizens’ Evaluation of an Online Argument Visualisation Platform for eParticipation

  • Eleni Panopoulou
  • Efpraxia Dalakiouridou
  • Efthimios Tambouris
  • Konstantinos Tarabanis
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7444)


Argument visualisation (AV) tools facilitate structured debates utilising elements such as issues, positions and arguments. In this way, AV tools seem promising for improving eParticipation e.g. by avoiding repetition and enhancing clarity in debates. In this paper we present and discuss citizens’ opinion on utilising an AV platform for eParticipation, specifically for discussing the emerging topic of environment and climate change. Results have been interesting; most users found the platform and topic interesting and understandable stating that they would use the platform again in the future and recommend it to other people. However, negative feedback has also been received, mostly in relation to things that frustrated users (e.g. the logic behind AV) and suggestions for improvement. As our evaluation is based on a mature AV tool and focuses on general aspects of such tools, we believe that results may be applicable to other AV platforms as well.


Citizens climate change policy making argument visualisation 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Eleni Panopoulou
    • 1
  • Efpraxia Dalakiouridou
    • 1
  • Efthimios Tambouris
    • 1
  • Konstantinos Tarabanis
    • 1
  1. 1.University of MacedoniaThessalonikiGreece

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