17 Nov 2015

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GIPO during IGF 2015 - presentations and demo available

By: Kasia Jakimowicz

GIPO team was busy during IGF 2015. GIPO team participated in common  "Workshop on Building Internet Observatories" where different initiatives gathered together to discuss how they could create synergies, avoid duplication of efforts in their activities and foster cooperation among each other to leverage capacity-building and education as well as policy-making vis-a-vis Internet governance.

In addition GIPO tool has been presented during last day of IGF.


Cristina Monti explained the purpose and objectives that the Global Internet Policy Observatory intends to fulfill. She also briefly explained the role of Advisory Group and invited the community to take part in the open nomination process.


Then, Luis Meijueiro explained how the GIPO tool can be useful for the Internet Governance community and what is unique about it. He presented the demo of the beta version of the GIPO tool focusing on 5 areas:

  • General interface

  • Content classification

  • Content filtering and automatic scoring

  • Content evaluation and sharing

  • Interoperability with other systems

He stressed that the Observatory Tool is NOT an RSS reader. It ANALYSES and CLASSIFIES the information for a maximum RELEVANCY and gives it back for FURTHER RE-USE.


Stefaan Verhulst focused on how the GIPO tool can be used by other initiatives as an information engine, using the NetMundial Solution Map as a practical example. He stressed that using GIPO as an information provider would allow other initiatives to enrich collected content and to focus on value-added content curation, without having to invest in the technology.


Finally, I presented first results of the survey Towards Federation Roadmap, in which 16 initiatives (out of 33 contacted) expressed interest in collaboration with GIPO.

The GIPO federation roadmap is aimed at analysing the possible scenarios of collaboration between GIPO and other initiatives. The results of the analysis will be published by the end of 2015.

The survey allowed to draw interesting conclusions on the general picture of Internet governance observatories/ mapping landscape and main characteristics of IG stakeholders:

  • Stakeholders representing broad range of organisations (NGOs, academia / universities, industry, national and international authorities)

  • Various types of initiatives (observatories, repositories, mapping efforts, networks of centres and scholars, research reports)

  • Broad geographical and thematic coverage

  • The majority of initiatives expressed interest in partial integration of services/ collaboration, with 4 of them considering full integration with the GIPO engine

  • Initiatives were interested in following collaboration: Re-sindication of content (12), Common events/ trainings and courses (3), Common conceptual cooperation (3), Cross-communication /common promotional activities (6)

  • Most of the initiatives are recent (launched after 2012) and small (< 5 people) – 75%, very often with people working on a voluntary basis or assigned part-time to the project from home institution. As a result: financial sustainability of initiatives and lack of resources are the biggest concerns.

  • Main lessons learnt from other initiatives: RESOURCES are a challenge, RELEVANCE of information is a challenge, there is NEED for MULTILINGUALISM, TAXONOMY/ SEMANTICS is a challenge:


Main questions / conclusions and next steps:

The Beta version of the GIPO tool was welcomed with interest and was acknowledged as a development in the right direction. Nevertheless the final user interface is still to be developed.

The main questions raised concerned the procedure to recruit new sources to the tool - how can initiatives join the collaboration, as well as become the source itself, and how to safeguard safe and transparent process of adding sources, safeguarding high quality of unbiased information without influencing the neutrality of the platform. Participants also discussed about the filtering of the content and on possible governance mechanisms for the tool.


See the GIPO tool presentation at IGF (PDF).

See the 5 GIPO demo.



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