Warsaw University is one of the biggest and highly ranked scientific and educational centres in Poland. A wide variety of research projects is currently being realized by scientists and research teams connected with the University, among them some projects financed or co-financed by the EU. During the last three years Warsaw University realized about 20 projects focused on innovations and has developed procedures of managing such projects. More than 3 000 academic teachers work presently at the University, along with about 500 members of technical and scientific staff and more than 2000 administration employees.
The project is conducted by the Centre for Deliberation, an interdisciplinary research entity, which was established in the Institute of Sociology of Warsaw University in 2010. It activity focuses on the urgent practical issues of communication in democracy and democratic communication. In the CD scientists specializing in sociology, psychology, media and communication studies, political sciences, law as well as informatics are engaged in team projects. These projects involve analysis and proactive approach at macro and micro levels. They address systemic solutions, including legal and institutional provisions for good government based on open and transparent communication. They also focus on methods and techniques of deliberative public opinion formation. Promoting good practices in public consultations and other methods of seeking informed political participation of citizens is our prime interest. The prominent place in the projects is taken by traditional and new means of communication. We are (re)considering the role of public and community media and investigate how the internet media can enhance effective and efficient decision making process on issues of public importance.
In the CD we promote methodological diversity in research. The institutional and legal analysis, quantitative and qualitative studies, discourse analysis as well as action research are practiced in the projects. The comparative international studies will also have its prominent place. The analyses and diagnoses conclude with recommendations, and the evaluation follows all applied research projects. The CD organises seminars and workshops for students as well as representatives of public administration, journalists and social organizations.
Warsaw University of Technology is the biggest technical university in Poland, with the total of 19 faculties, more than 30000 students and 2000 researchers. The Faculty of Electronics and Information Technology is the biggest of the Warsaw University of Technology’s faculties – there are 3 5000 students and 326 researchers/academic teachers. Warsaw University of Technology realizes and participates in 62 projects co-financed by the EU. The projects are conducted by numerous and experienced staff. The Institute employs app. 101 persons (including 14 Professors). The number of publications during last 4 years in average equals to 190, including about 10 books, 90 scientific articles in journals registered by Polish Ministry of Science and Higher Education.
Association of Polish Cities. In 2012 the Association of Polish Cities had 303 member cities, in which about 73% of urban population of Poland lives. The representatives of the Association participate in the number of official commissions dealing with the variety of public issues. The Association serves the representatives of the cities by organizing congresses, conferences, workshops and trainings. It diffuses interesting solutions by organizing competitions, exhibitions and developing the data-base of good practices (www.dobrepraktyki.pl) and publishing its own articles. The Association participates in the number of projects aimed at promotion of good and interesting solutions, financed and co-financed by the EU, the World Bank and the Norwegian Financial Mechanism. The Association conducts its own research projects as well.
Polish Forum of Disabled Persons unites associations and unions of disabled persons in Poland. Since 2004 it is a member of European Disability Forum – EDF. The main aim of the Polish Forum of Disabled Persons is to gather the institutional and social potential to create the conditions for equal opportunities and possibilities of participation in social life for disabled persons and to curtail the signs of discrimination of disabled persons. In the last few years the Polish Forum of Disabled Persons participated in the variety of domestic and international projects and conferences, serving the aims mentioned above.
IT training company MIT is founded by Tomasz Kulisiewicz, Ph. D., a micro entrepreneur, analyst of electronic communication and IT market in Poland and Central-East Europe, author and co-author of analysis and researches from the field of electronic communication, e-administration, practical applications of IT and electronic communication technologies and their economic and social impacts. The research was conducted in co-operation both with Universities and companies and consulting and analytic teams. He is also the co-author of training materials and lecturer and trainer. He is currently working on doctoral dissertation on the issue of social impact of IT technologies.
"Cities on Internet” Association (COI), established in 1997, is a non-governmental organization supporting regional and local government in the use of ICT tools for civilizational transformation, stimulation of modernization and development of Poland with the use of digital solutions. COI transfers the knowledge and European know-how on digital development, originating from leading regions of the EU. COI is considered to be a think-tank with a strong research base, accompanied by skills and capacity to employ the best of European good practices. In recent years, digital education and promotion of digital skills became the key theme for COI activities. COI initiated the biggest effort of this kind in Poland (Digital Poland of Equal Opportunities), accompanied by other projects aimed at decreasing digital divide. COI is also taking actions contributing to development of civil society, through promotion of open and transparent government, as well as strengthening the role of local government and non-governmental organizations in participatory processes, assistance in building relations between local government and third sector, benefitting local development.
"Cities on Internet" Association is a partner of the project since November 2015.
Foundation of Free and Open Software is a public benefit organization, established in 2007. The Foundation supports the development of democracy and civil society through the implementation of IT solutions. It has participated in the variety of social consultations within the field of public administration, IT solutions, legal issues, education etc. Foundation cooperates with scientists and about 60 teachers/trainers in schools in three districts of Poland. It is a member of Coalition of Open Education.
Foundation of Free and Open Software was a partner of the project until November 2015.