e-Social Science and Evidence-Based Policy Assessment: Challenges and Solutions

Peter Edwards, John H. Farrington, Chris Mellish, Lorna J. Philip, Alison H. Chorley, Feikje Hielkema, Edoardo Pignotti, Richard Reid, J. Gary Polhill, Nick M. Gotts

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The PolicyGrid project is exploring the role of Grid, Semantic Web, and Web 2.0 technologies to support e-Social Science, with particular emphasis on tools to facilitate evidence-based policy making. In this article, we discuss the challenges associated with construction of a pro- venance framework to support evidence-based policy assessment. We then discuss ourSpaces, a virtual research environment for e-Social Science that uses the Web 2.0 paradigm as well as Semantic Grid technologies and which provides researchers with facilities for management of digital resources using a novel natural language interface.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)553-568
Number of pages16
JournalSocial Science Computer Review
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 1 Nov 2009


  • eScience
  • natural language
  • provenance
  • semantic web
  • evidence-based policy


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