16 Sep 2015

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Video and Summary of the webinar on GIPO and taxonomies of internet governance

By: Kasia Jakimowicz


The third webinar of GIPO series "GIPO and taxonomies of internet governance" welcomed 47 participants from all over the world.

GIPO adopts federated approach. The goal is to overcome the fragmentation and complexity of information but GIPO does not aim to centralize all this information by replacing the existing spaces. Instead, it is meant to be complementary and federated to them. GIPO is designed as a service to both final users and other observatories. In this respect the issue of consistency of IG taxonomy classification is of a crucial importance to achieve maximum interoperability. By end of December 2015, GIPO will produce a “federation roadmap” of cooperation with ther observatories and mapping initiatives. In this context GIPO invites other initiatives to coollaboarate on GIPO co-creation.

Together with DiploFoundation we were discussing the issue of complexity of the internet governance taxonomy/ classification. Vladimir Radunovic (DiploFoundation) outlined some of the challenges and approaches of classification building from the experience of 20 years. He stressed that it´s a dynamic process with a lot of improvements to be done on a way. He stressed that it should be based on a smart mix between quantitative and qualitative research with a lot of feedback needed. It involved:

  1. identifying issues and clusters (buckets) through qualitative analysis and trying to collerate (assign) issues to buckets
  2. gathering explicit and implicit feedback from variety of sources (policy reports, books and articles, IG websites)
  3. performing language analysis and data mining to identify terms and collerations (quantitative analysis)

Luis Meijueiro presented current state of development of taxonomy for GIPO tool and its funcionalities. GIPO approach uses a predefined classification scheme created by comparision of different taxonomies, allocates arrangement of concepts into separate facets (places, content types, IntGov issues, etc.) and stores the different facets in different fields. He presented an initial structure and invited IG community to collaborate to reach an agreement of common vocabularies.

Then, Tereza Horesjova (DiploFoundation) shed a light on the new initative of Geneva Internet Platform: Digital Watch that will be launched by the end of September and highlighted the possible synergies with GIPO.

Finally, GIPO Advisory Group role and open nomination process has been presented by GIPO team (Jamal Shahin and Trisha Mayer). GIPO advisory Group has been actively involved in the discussion on GIPO taxonomy of IG. Its role is, however, much broader. It provides guidance on all aspects of the evolution of GIPO, publicises GIPO through their own institutions and networks, ensures that GIPO remains abreast of topics and that the challenge of ‘selectivity’ or ‘bias’ in source selection is minimised and contributes to the steering of GIPO’s development.

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