Architectural Framework and Requirements for Deliberative Democracy

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In recent months, the ORBIS project has developed a document proposing the architectural solutions for the proposal that will be implemented by the technical partners. The document focuses on user requirements and the creation of innovative deliberative democracy models, shaped by meticulous work in defining an architecture.

The document is structured into four sections, each addressing different aspects of the project’s foundation and forward-looking strategy.

Its first section provides a specification of the ORBIS solution using the widely used ARCADE Framework – a recommended practice for software intensive systems. For that, it presents the basic principles and distinct viewpoints (i.e., context, component, requirement, distribution and realisation viewpoints) of ARCADE, and comments on a series of project-related requirements engineering issues.

Next, the second section, describes the collection of the user requirements for the ORBIS project process.  It involved workshops with various communities to understand their current practices and expectations, and how ORBIS technology can improve them. Through this process, we were able to define a generic  framework of Deliberative Democracy Technological Building Blocks, identify main points of struggles, to co-create 6 use case scenarios, define high-level system requirements and provide a gap analysis on technological needs.

Finally in the last two sections, we elaborate the “component viewpoint” of the project. Both sections report on the software design of the ORBIS toolkit, outlining its individual components and how they work together. This information clarifies how ORBIS aims to meet the functional needs of its usersThe document evaluates fundamental principles in various contexts and sheds light on crucial requirements engineering issues. The team emphasizes collecting user requirements from diverse communities involved in Orbis use cases, aiming to understand current deliberation practices and co-design transformative user scenarios.

Insights into technologies and key functionalities for the project’s use cases will be provided in the forthcoming document. This architectural document serves as a roadmap for implementing the Orbis solution seamlessly across various cases, aiming to be accessible to stakeholders in deliberative democracy.

The full document is scheduled for publication in the second half of 2024 on the website’s documentation section. Stay tuned for this significant milestone! #ORBIS-ProjectEu #DeliberativeDemocracy #ArchitecturalInnovation 🌐🔍