‚OurSpace – The Virtual Youth Space’ is a European project that aims to provide an e-participation platform for young people in order to discuss their issues and to connect young citizens with decision makers. The platform allows young citizens from Austria, Czech Republic, Greece and the United Kingdom to connect with peers and discuss European and national issues. The consortium consists of 9 partners from 7 countries. Danube University Krems leads the main work package: pilot operation and evaluation. Consequently, the Centre for E-Governance coordinates e-participation processes and engagement strategies and evaluates the project. An evaluation framework that combines several methods was developed so that concrete results can be derived from the pilot project. Project website:


Duration 01/07/2010 - 31/12/2013
Funding EU

Department for E-Governance and Administration

Center for E-Governance

Principle investigator for the project (University for Continuing Education Krems) Univ.-Prof. Mag. Dr. Peter Parycek, MAS MSc
Project members
Mag. Clara Landler
Mag. Judith Schoßböck, PhD
Mag. Florian Sedy


Schöllhammer, R.; Parycek, P.; Schoßböck, J. (2015). Emotions and E-Participation of Young People: A Preliminary Study. In: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Proceedings of the Forty-Seventh Annual Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences: 2415 - 2424, IEEE Computer Society Conference Publishing Services (CPS), Piscataway, NJ

Parycek, P.; Sachs, M.; Sedy, F.; Schoßböck, J. (2014). Evaluation of an E-participation Project: Lessons Learned and Success Factors from a Cross-Cultural Perspective. In: Efthimios Tambouris, Ann Macintosh, Frank Bannister, Electronic Participation. 6th IFIP International Conference, ePart 2014. 128-140, Springer, Heidelberg et. al.

Sachs, M.; Schoßböck, J. (2014). Young People and Politicians Online: Key Findings from the OurSpace Project. In: Parycek, P.; Edelmann, N., CeDEM14: Proceedings of the International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2014: 559-564, Edition Donau-Universiät Krems, Krems

Sachs, M. (2014). E-Partizipation für Europas Jugend. eGovernment Review, 7 Jahrgang, Ausgabe Nr.13: 10-11

Triantafillou, A.; Dimakopoulos, N,; Schoßböck, J.; Sachs, M.; Landler, C.; Sedy, F.; Ionexu, R.; Kubala, A.; Makri, E.; Pudilova, D.; Van Lerberghe, D.; Matzakou, I.; (2014). D4.3.2 Final Evaluation Report. Project-Report OurSpace

Sachs, M.; Schoßböck, J. (2013). Evaluation of E-Participation Projects. In: Parycek, P.; Edelmann, N., CeDEM13. Proceedings of the International Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government: 465-469, Edition Donau-Universität Krems, Krems

Kliafas, Y.; Triantafillou, A.; Dimakopoulos, N.; Sebou, G.; Koutras, C.; Mouzakitis, S.; Sachs, M.; Ionescu, R.; Cathcart, J.; Kubala, A.; Heully, A.; Ashley, R.; Can Lerberghe, D.; Pudilova, D. (2012). D1.2.3 Periodic Management Report. Project-Report OurSpace

Sachs, M.; Landler, C.; Schoßböck, J.; Parycek, P.; Pudilova, D.; Skrebska, A.; Matzakou, I,; Koutras, C.; Mouzakitis, S.; Hannan, T.; Brigden, P,; Triantafillou, A.; Lewandowska, D.; Makri, E. (2012). D4.3.1 Interim Evaluation Report. Project-Report OurSpace

Sachs, M.; Schoßböck, J.; Mouzakitis, S.; Amili, S. (2012). D4.2 Evaluation Methodology. Project-Report OurSpace

Lacigova, O.; Pudilova, D.; Makri, E.; Sachs, M.; Lewandowska, D. (2011). D5.3 User Engagement Plan. Project-Report OurSpace

Parycek, P.; Sachs, M.; Schoßböck, J.; Lacigova, O.; Pudilova, D.; Mouzakitis, S.; Makri, E. (2011). D4.1 Pilot Operation Plan. Project-Report OurSpace

Triantafillou, A.; Garnier, M.; Mouzakitis, S; Sachs, M.; Lacigova, O.; Clarke, P.; Heully, A.; Krueger, C.; Van Lerberghe, D.; Pudilova, D.; (2011). D1.2 Periodic Management Report. Project-Report OurSpace

Koussouris, S.; Mouzakitis, S.; Sebou, G.; Triantafillou, A.; Dwojak, K.; Velikanoc, C.; Pudilova D.; Lacigova, O.; Lodziak, T.; Sachs, M.; Medimorec, D.; Edelmann, N.; Schoßböck, J. (2010). D2.1 Baseline Definition Report. Project-Report OurSpace

Mouzakitis, S.; Passas, S.; Ntanos, C.; Koutras, C.; Sebou, G.; Trantafillou, A.; Sachs, M.; Edelmann, N.; Velikanov, C.; Pudilova, D.; Lacigova, O.; Lodziak, T. (2010). D2.2 User Requirements and Specifications. Project-Report OurSpace


E-Participation for young people in Europe: Lessons learned on a cross-national level.

CeDEM14: Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government 2014, 22/05/2014

OurSpace: Ein internatinales Forschungsprojekt

Eröffnungsblock des Lehrgangs MIT05, 07/11/2013

Lessons learned from OurSpace. A contribution to the e-participation guidlines.

Peer-learning Seminar "e-Participation & youth" in Helsinki, 20/08/2013

Evaluation of e-participation projects. Workshop.

CeDEM13. Conference for E-Democracy and Open Government., 22/05/2013

OurSpace - Europäische elektronische Jugendbeteiligung

ADV Konferenz - Verwaltungsinformatik, 27/11/2012

OurSpace - eine Partizipationsplattform für junge EU-BürgerInnen

Europa im Unterricht im Haus der Europäischen Union, 29/03/2012

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