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Integrated Assessment aims at the integration of knowledge from diverse sources as part of the policy making process. Frequently, IA exploits computer models and other Information and Communication Technology in ways that are accessible to and used by only a limited range of scientists or within experts circles. Deepening the interface between citizens and scientists can, in this view, be seen to involve, on the one hand, improved communication of model results and policy analyses to citizens, and, on the other hand, better integration of knowledge helped by citizens into the scientific IA process itself. But this is not all. Through and beyond these knowledge and information transfer functions, a reciprocal interactive use of ICT can promote a social appropriation of sustainability problems. This paper explains, with the example of greenhouse gas emissions, how the reciprocal interactive use of ICT can help create the necessary social and political conditions for robust public policy orientations.

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Authors: O' CONNOR M, University of Versailles )(FR);PEREIRA G P, ISIS, JRC-Ispra (IT)
Bibliographic Reference: Article: International Journal of Sustainable Development, 2(1999) 3, 411-424
Availability: Available from Public Relations and Publications Unit, Ispra (IT)
Record Number: 200011843 / Last updated on: 2000-03-03
Original language: en
Available languages: en
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