Topic: Use cases

User guide

At last, co-ment® has a detailed user guide, all equipped with use cases, domains of applications and all your need for making the best of co-ment’s rich functionality.

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co-ment used for the elaboration of the political program of Partido X

The new Spanish political movement, El Partido del Futuro, created on January 8th, 2013 has used co-ment for a key step of elaborating its democratic reform platform.

This young movement militates in favor of  developing direct democracy processes, in a context of a strong delegitimization of the Spanish political institutions. It used co-ment to submit the draft of its political program to comments as part of co-elaboration process.

First, a citizen’s debate has been organized during ten days, in January and February 2013, to discuss the future program of the movement, titled Democratia y punto. Once the first version established, El Partido del futuro offered to the public the opportunity, during March 2013, to annotate the program online via co-ment.

The platform allowed citizens, once registered on it with their email address, to comment on the drafting of the different texts composing the program and/or submit alternative drafting proposals.

The six texts put online received on average about fifty comments each. A number of 133 comments has been reached on the text dedicated the transparency of public management.

The final version of the program is now online on El Partido del futuro’s website. For all the four themes developped (referendum, open government, transparency and vote), visitors are able to visualize all the modifications made thanks to the participation of the citizens on the co-ment platform.

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co-ment for law making

Exciting applications of co-ment® for law-making processes are developing in the European parliament, in France, or in Brazil. Initially, this usage was at the initiative of civil society groups. Today, Members of Parliaments are using co-ment themselves to interact with the public when laws and other parliamentary texts are prepared of discussed. In our featured example, the ALDE and Green groups of the European Parliament jointly prepared, at the initiative of ALDE MEP Marietje Schaake, a resolution on ACTA. Close to a hundred comments were submitted, and the affluence of thousand of readers was such for a few hours that we experimented a temporary overflow of our servers, that we are now equipping for future demanding usage of this type.

In France, a a href=”https://cpaul.co-ment.com/” alt=”link to co-ment instance”>remarkable collaborative exercise was conducted by socialist MP Christian Paul for the preparation of a French law proposal on network neutrality. More than 200 comments were submitted by interested parties and experts. You can access the diff display illustrating the changes made to the law further to these comments.

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co-ment in education

Collective work on the Prologue of the Canterbury Tales

Some of the greatest use cases of co-ment® are for education, in particular first language and literature teaching in secondary education. The co-ment team has supported usage by a number of pioneers in text-centered teaching. Typically, educational use of co-ment is pure annotation, in contrast to other use cases where the collective production and revision of text play a key role. co-ment is used for the collaborative preparation of lessons (teachers annotating texts) and for classroom usage (students commenting texts). We are excited by these use cases.

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co-ment for companies and government

Text drafting and validation is at the heart of daily practice in companies and government (local government, public agencies, for instance). In most cases, a given document has one or a small number of drafters, whose productions must be reviewed by other agents, managers, or external partners. co-ment® was designed precisely for this type of situation. co-ment 1 was used for instance in the l’French Environment and Energy Management Agency ADEME. co-ment 2 PRO provides a much improved work environment for this type of usage.

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co-ment for licenses and contracts

Revision of the Mozilla Public License

Text annotation may be as old as writing and is superbly documented in the middle-ages in both the Arabic world and Talmudic tradition. Computer-based marginal text annotation was experimented from the beginning of the 1990s. However, a key real-scale experiment for Web-based text annotations was the STET system used in the GNU GPL license revision process. Though it uses no code from STET, co-ment® has derived inspiration from its interface.

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co-ment for legal analysis

Legal texts annotation within the DEMOTIS project

co-ment® 2 is being used for the collective analysis by scholars of the legal framework applicable to health information. Within the DEMOTIS project, funded by the French National Research agency (ANR), legal scholars and computer scientists annotate the large body of texts that have a bearing on the design of personal health information systems. This collaborative work will lead to the on-line publication of the annotated corpus.

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co-ment in advocacy

Work on the action plan for copyright reform and culture in the XXIst century

Work on the action plan for copyright reform and culture in the XXIst century

Advocacy groups have made exciting usage of co-ment® for the preparation of open letters, position statements, opinion editorials or charters. Some groups work from the start in the open, but in most cases, there is an initial phase of elaboration of a draft within a group followed by opening it to comments by the public. In some cases, tens of versions have been produced over 48 hours, each version receiving tens or hundreds of comments before being revised. co-ment can enable the synergy between massive commenting and collective drafting.

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