Social Networking and participatory democracy: the PANDA framework


Panda - edemocracy

The PANDA framework is the solution that GN has designed and developed for the implementation and management of e-democracy/e-governance and social networking platforms.


The e-democracy platforms are tools to support projects of participatory democracy, guaranteeing citizens the possibility to meet in a virtual place where everyone has the opportunity to express their ideas, to discuss with other people of the community on issues of collective interest.


    The goal we have set ourselves is to create an application capable of assuring every user the opportunity to speak and listen to conceive and construct hypotheses of a sustainable future on which to debate and decide.

    The PANDA framework is equipped with four elements to ensure this process:

  • a system of citizens' accreditation and authentication;
  • an online working environment that supports traditional off-line discussion tables;
  • a knowledge base made up of the processes already archived and the related documentation;
  • a data warehouse to aggregate the data from the knowledge base and the archive of participation projects; thanks to this module of the platform, the managers of the various e-democracy projects will be able to better understand the links between users, participation and territory.


From a technological point of view, PANDA, takes advantage of the latest innovations in the field of WEB design:


  • web interface based on AJAX technologies to store iteration with the citizen;
  • support for the major commercial Internet browsers (FF1.5+, IE6+ and others);
  • guarantee of accessibility also for operators with disabilities.



The strong point of PANDA is the working environment designed and created to allow the user to have all the information he needs to participate at discussion tables in a single web page. In the online work environment you can find them online:


  • discussion forum;
  • single response surveys;
  • questionnaires with multiple questions of various kinds (single answer, multiple answer, tools for e-voting,....);
  • on-line participation tables (or web conferences);
  • interactive maps;
  • thematic studies and pathways by keyword;
  • documentation of the ongoing process (usually documents, whether in textual, audio or video format, can be accessed directly online);
  • tools for communication between the users of the working group.



For more information:


Download the presentation of PANDA in PDF format.


Project Architecture