[news] TERENA supports e-mail decision making project (fwd)

Claudio Allocchio Claudio.Allocchio a ELETTRA.TRIESTE.IT
Ven 21 Apr 2000 11:51:24 CEST

... ve ne avevo parlato a proposito di voto e decisioni "elettroniche".

Ora il progetto inizia: speriamo che dia buoni frutti.


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Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2000 19:10:36 +0200
From: Karel Vietsch <vietsch a terena.nl>
To: news a terena.nl
Subject: [news] TERENA supports e-mail decision making project


4 April 2000

TERENA supports E-mail Decision Making Project

Today TERENA and the Department of Computer and System Sciences of
Stockholm University have signed a contract to conduct a pilot project on
“Support for Decisions by E-mail”. The project, which is carried out under
the supervision of Prof. Jacob Palme, will run until 15 March 2001 and is
supported by TERENA with a sum of 10,000 euro.

More and more communication in our society is done through e-mail.
Experience has shown however that there are psychological problems with
discussions via e-mail, and in particular with taking decisions via e-mail.
There is a tendency, when discussing an issue through e-mail, to repeat
arguments over and over again and never get to a conclusion. One of the
reasons is probably the lack of body language and voice inflection; a
person can only express his/her opinion by writing a message.

Discussions through e-mail can be assisted by different kinds of additional
services. One such service can be used to help finding out the views of
people in an easier way, and to discover which issues are the really
controversial ones. The objective of the project is to develop this service
to assist decision making by e-mail. The service will be freely available
on the Internet.

A more detailed description of the project and a full specification of the
tools to be developed can be found at


For further information please contact:
TERENA Secretariat
Singel 468 D
1017 AW Amsterdam
The Netherlands
Tel: +31 20 5304488
Fax: +31 20 5304499
E-mail: pr a terena.nl

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