The discourse machine is the functional tool of the Dialog Management System (DMS) which has been designed specially for public participation projects. It is being used in various big cities and towns for city planning and civic participatory budget proposals.
Today, the DMS is the most frequently installed e-participation tool in Germany. Comprehensive online discourses and online dialogues on urban development, budget planning or political issues for cities like Berlin, Hamburg, Munich or for the Federal Ministry of Education or for the German Parliament have been successfully developed. Beyond that, cities in Great Britain, Italy, Greece, Spain and Austria have carried out several projects with our Dialog Management System.
In addition to the basic functions of writing articles, giving comments, making evaluations, citing quotations, collaborating work, creating rankings, locating geographical areas, searching tools, etc., numerous additional special modules were created for the DMS. In close cooperation with the administrations of different federal states, special functions were developed, in which almost every single participatory project was given maximum support. For example, different types of budget planning or budget calculators were designed for the Participatory Budgeting Project. This was necessary to meet the unique requirements of a big city like Hamburg or a city district like Berlin-Lichtenberg.
The discourse-machine, which originally evolved from the basic scientific research in the field of e-participation, has been continuously developed by Binary Objects, based in Berlin, Germany.