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Enhancing Rural and Urban Digital Innovation Territories

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ERUDITE  =  Enhancing Rural and Urban Digital Innovation Territories
Co-developing e-services through open innovation to meet the real needs of rural and urban Europe

Project Status:
Live Project
Project Leader:
Funding Programme:
INTERREG Europe
Project Budget:
€2,201,324
Start Date:
Apr, 2016
Finish Date:
Mar, 2020
The aim of the project is to:

Assist rural and more marginal urban regions across Europe to develop, design, implement and improve digital services that capitalise on the potential offered by High Speed Broadband Networks and catalyse regional innovation capacity, enabling public administrations, business, third sector organisations and citizens to better deliver sustainable economic and social benefits from a digital single market and support long-term territorial prospects.

Specific objectives are to:
  • Test and refine open innovation methodology, as applied to digital and wider service delivery, that integrate social and economic return on investment studies (SEROI) and demand stimulation as a means of involving relevant decision makers, project promoters and wider stakeholders.
  • Create a flexible monitoring tool based on SEROI indicators that enable public administrations and private/community actors to measure the impact of their policy and investment decisions over time and in real time.
  • Examine how public administrations can use the two mechanisms described above to improve the management of the policy instrument through evaluating the appropriateness of the new methodology for monitoring or evaluating measures or for selecting projects through improved evaluation techniques for measuring their economic and social impacts.
  • Disseminate the process and results widely in each partner territory and to the community of potential users of the project’s results including at European level.
  • Use the territorial exchange process and the regional stakeholder groups to share knowledge and promote genuine interregional and intraregional cooperation.
RegionOrganisation / Role
Donegal
Ireland
ERNACT
Implementing the SEROI+ methodolody to develop a digital services action plan in Ireland
GyőrMosonSopron
Hungary
Pannon Business Network Association
Implementing the SEROI+ methodolody to develop a digital services action plan in Venice
Nièvre
France
Nièvre Numérique
Lead Partner for the project, with overall resp. for delivering the project within budget and liaison with EU
Slovenia
Slovenia
Ministry of Higher Education, Science and Technology
Implementing the SEROI+ methodolody to develop a digital services action plan in Slovenia
Slovenia
Slovenia
University of Ljubljana
Provision and support to the consortium on Open Innovation methodologies
South Ostrobothnia
Finland
Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia
Implementing the SEROI+ methodolody to develop a digital services action plan in South Ostrobothnia
South Ostrobothnia
Finland
Suupohja Economic Development Agency (SEK)
Provision and support to the consortium on digital services design and development
Stockholm
Sweden
Acreo AB, Swedish ICT Research Institute
Provide the project with a quantitative analysis of the socioeconomic return on investment (SROI).
Västernorrlands
Sweden
Association of Local Authorities in Västernorrland
Implementing the SEROI+ methodolody to develop a digital services action plan in Västernorrland
Venezia
Italy
City of Venice
Implementing the SEROI+ methodolody to develop a digital services action plan in Venice
ERUDITE partners have successfully developed and extended High Speed Broadband infrastructure to enable a rising number of stakeholders and citizens to contribute to the digital economy and society. To fully exploit the economic and social potential of these networks, new services need to be designed to meet public, private and community needs and justify public investments in infrastructure and uses.

To achieve these aims, the project will undertake the design of new services supported by Open Innovation processes involving and empowering businesses, citizens and public administrations; thereby stimulating demand and local innovation capacity potential, enabling stakeholders to be partners in the creation and operation of services that improve territorial potential.

To increase understanding of the design, operation and impacts of services, the Open Innovation process will be supported by Social and Economic Return on Investment (SEROI) studies providing data to illustrate global social and economic impacts and support more targeted investments.





CORE ERNACT REGIONS
Newfoundland and Labrador
Canada
South Ostrobothnia
Finland
Donegal
Ireland
West Romania
Romania
Banat
Serbia
Cantabria
Spain
San Sebastián
Spain
Västernorrlands
Sweden
Derry & Strabane
United Kingdom