By Efthimios Tambouris, Ann Macintosh, Frank Edward Bannister

This publication constitutes the refereed lawsuits of the sixth IFIP WG 8.5 overseas convention on digital Participation, ePart 2014, held in Dublin, eire, in September 2014. The eleven revised complete papers awarded have been rigorously reviewed and chosen from 20 submissions. The papers were geared up within the following topical sections: social media; assessment and research; enticing electorate on-line; and software program systems and evaluation.

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Additional categories were: academic advice, informing on an event or conference, greetings and gratitude, publication of a project or organization, submitting contact details, and finally- other topics. In addition to the content of posts, other relevant categories in the coding book included time of publication (measured by the time from the community's establishment. For example: Within one year of the community's establishment), and on the discussion level- number of participants in the entire discussion, and number of posts posted to the entire discussion.

This can shed light on the dynamics in the community and explain the background of the findings from the content analysis. The interviewees were sampled from the database of the Ministry of Social Affairs, which included exactly 7,777 members at the time of data collection (the beginning of 2012). Community members were selected based on their different scope of involvement in the community, measured by number of times users logged in to the communities, and the overall number of posts they published, in order to receive input from active and passive users, on different levels of involvement.

Parties respond to comments and questions from citizens, and a lot of the posts made by parties are in response to current media events. The theme small scale form of political engagement is only present to a limited degree, and was actually more relevant in 2009 with the video response genre. In 2013, there are a few examples related to the use of camera phones, and there have been contests where open government data have been used for creating mash-ups in other contexts not relevant for campaigning.

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