INFORMATION RENAISSANCE
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For over five years Information Renaissance has worked to refine a model for facilitated online dialogue with groups as large as 1000-1500 people. Recent examples include:
  • California's Master Plan for Education: A public discussion of education planning for pre-school through graduate school in the nation's most populous state.
  • EPA's Public Involvement Policy: A national discussion of the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's policy on public involvement. This is the Agency's first major revision of this policy in 20 years. The online discussion allowed public comment on an unprecedently large scale.
Info Ren's research continues on the following topics:
  • Scaling: How to accommodate very large audiences for online dialogues; information analysis and information sharing among participants.
  • Standards: Mechanisms to permit the interoperability of various software platforms used for online dialogue; ways to encourage the retrieval and reuse of portions of an online dialogue (such as topical summaries or discussion threads) for other applications.
For more information on Info Ren's online dialogues, dialogue archives and other resources, see Online Dialogues in the What We Do section of this Web site.
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