What Problem Does It Solve: The lack of an effective interface for providing input into a decisionmaking process that is manageable for the rulewriter and useful for the citizen.

How Does It Do That: By creating a sense of the community of practice and showing the relationship between commenters and the information they are commenting upon.

Why Is It Different:: This is the first visual design of an interface for the legal process of citizen participation. It is the first designed to connect citizens to each other.

Who Will Use It: All federal government agencies and the public responding to rulemakings.

Other Potential Uses: While designed to remedy a specific problem with federal rulemaking, these designs and the ideas that underlie them could be applied to local and state rulemaking and all forms of citizen participation or any decisionmaking process requiring input. Ideal for building communities of practice.

More Detailed Description: The E-rulemaking interfaces present communities of practice in visual form, making it easy to see the level of agency activity and public comment at each stage. Tools include interfaces for: joining a community of practice, searching agency rulemaking activity, reviewing and commenting upon a proposal, identifying iconographically whether comments are scientific, legal or narrative, commenting upon comments, rating comments and summarizing comments. A complete description of functionality is available in: Beth Simone Noveck, The Electronic Revolution in Rulemaking, 53 Emory Law Journal 1 (2004).

Lead Designer: Beth Simone Noveck

For More Information: Contact Beth Simone Noveck,