IPM (software)

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The Interactive Policy Making, or IPM, is an online opinion poll management system launched in 2001,[1] which is used to gather the opinion of European Union citizens and entreprises regarding policy development[2] The software is part of the Interactive Policy Making Initiative and is made of various modules which assist in the creation of such questionnaires - including a creation, translation, test, launch and analysis module.[3][4][5][6]


The European Commission started using the system at the end of 2001, and introduced it to the public through the "Your Voice in Europe" program.[7]

In 2002, prior to the launch of the top-level domain .eu, the European Commission used IPM to gather the opinion of companies regarding cybersquatting.[8]

In 2006, the European Commission released IPM OSS, an open source version of the software aimed at companies and private organizations.[5][9]


  1. ^ "La Commission souhaite utiliser Internet" (in French). Artesi - Ile de France. Retrieved 2009-06-12. La Commission prévoit de commencer à utiliser ce système avant la fin de l'année 2001. 
  2. ^ "European Commission - IPM - What is IPM (Interactive Policy Making)?". Ec.europa.eu. 2007-02-22. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  3. ^ "Shaping Relations Between Government and Citizens: Future Directions in Public Administration?". Parliament of Australia. Retrieved 2009-06-12. The European Commission has announced an initiative designed to involve citizens, consumers and businesses in policy development and evaluation. (...) The Interactive Policy-Making Initiative(63) includes: 'a feedback mechanism which helps to collect spontaneous reactions in the marketplace, using existing networks and contact points as intermediaries, in order to obtain continuous access to the opinions and experiences of economic operators and EU citizens' 
  4. ^ KOHL Hans-Gunter. "Interactive Policy Making: Web-based surveys, questionnaires and consultations | ePractice". Epractice.eu. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  5. ^ a b "IPM". Ipm.forge.osor.eu. 2007-01-09. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 
  6. ^ "TIMMERS Paul Volume 1" (PDF). 6500 contributions were received via the Interactive Policy Making web tool and all responses were published on a Commission website for full transparency to show which organization, company or individual had advocated which amendments. 
  7. ^ "La Comisión Europea dispone de un nuevo web" (in Spanish). Heraldo de Aragón. 2001-10-24. Retrieved 2009-06-12. La Comisión Europea presentó ayer un nuevo espacio web llamado Tu voz en Europa (http://ec.europa.eu/yourvoice/), que muestra a los ciudadanos, consumidores y empresas la forma de participar activamente en el proceso de decisiones de la UE. A través de este web, los internautas podrán expresar sus opiniones sobre las nuevas iniciativas de la Unión y sobre la aplicación de las normas vigentes, debatir el futuro de Europa o formular quejas. (...) Tu voz en Europa forma parte de la iniciativa comunitaria para la elaboración interactiva de las políticas. 
  8. ^ "EU solicits anti-cybersquatter advice". The Register. Retrieved 2009-06-12. According to the EU, the survey is part of the Commission's Interactive Policy Making Initiative and its results will feed into the consideration of public policy rules for the European Union top-level domain (TLD), .eu. "We want to prevent abuses by 'cybersquatters' of the future .eu top-level domain, without hindering legitimate Internet users. This consultation will help us do that," said Internal Market Commissioner Frits Bolkestein. 
  9. ^ "EU-Lizenz EUPL in 22 Sprachen" (in German). Linux Magazine Online. Retrieved 2009-06-12. 

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