Cicero is a web-based tool which supports asynchronous discussions between several participants. This social software application is based on the idea of Issue Based Information Systems (IBIS) and the DILIGENT argumentation framework. The DILIGENT argumentation framework was adapted for Cicero in order to make it easier applicable on discussions and in order to reduce the learning effort by users.
In Cicero, a discussion starts with defining the issue which should be discussed. Then possible solutions can be proposed. Subequently, the solution proposals are discussed with the help of supporting or objecting arguments. Cicero not only enables the discussion but it also defines a workflow for coming to a decision. For this purpose, it offers different types of votings like preferential voting or that a responible person makes a decision.
Filling the gap between today's mailing lists and bulletin boards, Cicero combines the advantages of fast information spreading with an structured and easy-to-understand presentation. With a highly adaptable user management system in addition it supports any group discussions from the very beginning to the final solution.
In order to reduce the learning effort for new users of the system, Cicero is implemented as an extension of the MediaWiki which is known to a larger group of users from Wikipedia.
Cicero is developed within the NeOn-project, which is a joint project of 14 European partners co-funded by the European Commission’s Sixth Framework Programme that started in March 2006 and has duration 4 years. NeOn is advancing the state of the art in using ontologies for large-scale semantic applications in the distributed organizations. Particularly, we aim at improving the capability to handle multiple networked ontologies that exist in a particular context, are created collaboratively, and might be highly dynamic and constantly evolving.
For further information visit the official NeOn-Project Homepage