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The AsPIRE project (Aspatial Peripherality, Innovation and the Rural Economy) has sought to improve the understanding of differential performance in peripheral locations through examining a range of intrinsically aspatial dimensions of the local business environment that interact with the effects of relative location - information and society technology, business linkages and networks, social capital, governance and tourism.  The project has reviewed existing peripherality indicators and, based on 12 regional case studies, sought to operationalise the concept of "aspatial peripherality", provided a methodology for measuring/ mapping it, and generated best practice and policy evaluation guidelines. The project ran from February 2001 to the end of 2003.


The Best eEurope Practices Project (BEEP) collected, analysed and refined good practices (best practices) in a variety of socio-economic areas, by collecting case studies and coding them according to a wide variety of indicators. This resulted in an extensive BEEP Knowledge System relating to employment and skills, the digital SME, social inclusion and regional cohesion. The BEEP project widely disseminated these results both via electronic and traditional methods. The project officially ended in July 2003, but the website is being maintained.


The BENTLI project (Benchmarking Regional Strategies for Technological Literacy)  is aiming to support European Regions on their way to a Information Society which provides access to digital literacy an digital skills for all, reducing the digital divide, by analysing the impact of a set of regional strategies already in place and extracting best practices from these strategies, and setting up a methodology which allows for continuous benchmarking and learning. The project will finish in June 2007.


BenToWeb (Benchmarking Tools and Methods for the Web) is a project within the Web Accessibility Benchmarking (WAB) Cluster aimed to support the European public and private sector to implement the recommendations of the eEurope 2005 Action Plan by providing new software modules and methodologies that satisfy some of the accessibility recommendations of the Web Accessibility Initiative (WAI) of the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C), which are not analysed by existing tools due to their inherent complexity. BenToWeb supports the objectives of the Cluster in regard to the creation of a validated methodology to test Web sites. The project will finish in August 2007.


BISER’s objective was the development and piloting of new and innovative statistical indicators for measuring and benchmarking the status of development of EU regions towards the Information Society. The principal aim was not a traditional ranking, nor was it intended to crown "winners" or stigmatise "losers", but to highlight differences in the structural foundations of regional European economies and societies and to focus attention on policies which can promote cohesion in economic and societal development in the Information Society. A pilot survey was carried out in 28 NUTS2 regions across Europe. The project ended in June 2004.


BReATH (Broadband e-Services and Access for the Home) is a Specific Support Action project. The main objective of is to stimulate and support the transfer of know-how and best practices in planning and delivering broadband e-services and access to the EU New Member States (NMS) and Associated Candidate Countries (ACC), involving as many stakeholders and actors as possible and fostering cross-border research collaboration. BReATH survey and benchmark the current status of deploying broadband access and services in NMS and ACC states and identify problems, hurdles and bottlenecks to their deployment. It will carry out case studies, techno-economic studies and strategic modelling to support discussions with regional stakeholders to find ways of overcoming implementation barriers and will explore methods for creating broadband investment incentives in the New Member States. The project has officially ended in March 2007

Digital Europe

Digital Europe was a panEuropean research project investigating the impacts of ebusiness on sustainable development. The Digital Europe project was completed in 2003.


In addressing "eInclusion and eAccessibility" issues, this study provides scientific support to a major policy objective of the European Union: that of ensuring that every citizen has the opportunity to participate in and benefit from the Information Society. Main target groups are older and disabled people as well as other at-risk groups. A key goal is to establish a comprehensive empirical knowledge base to support all aspects of the policy-making process in relation to eAccessibility and eInclusion. The project ended in early 2007.


The e-Living project has created a co-ordinated set of pan-European longitudinal household panel studies that have generated quantitative data on time-use, uptake of ISTs, IST competencies, environmental impact and perceived quality of life. It has conducted analysis of this data to describe, explain and model relationships between the uptake and usage of ISTs and changes in citizen’s lives and to understand how these patterns contribute to changes in lifestyles and/or quality of life. The data and results have been made available as a resource for future analysis or for use in subsequent projects via a website, publications and a managed programme of workshops to engage key public and commercial policy makers. The e-Living Project ended in June 2004.


The EMERGENCE project has carried out research in 22 countries in order to estimate and map employment relocation in a global economy in the new communications environment. The EMERGENCE project has been set up to produce accurate information on which jobs are being relocated and which are not, and where they are being shifted, to find out which are the favoured destinations and which regions run the risk of being left out of the new information economy. The project ran until end of December 2003.


e-MINDER (Electronic Commerce Leveraging Network for Developing European Regions) was a European project co-funded by the IST Programme under Key Action II. Its overall objective was to fight the existing gap in Europe between the most and least developed regions as far as the use and development of e-commerce is concerned. This was going to be achieved by setting up a European Network of Leveraging Centres created among the less favour ed regions of Europe. This project ran until December 2003.

European Rural Development project

The European Rural Development project (ERD) has analyzed the underlying driving forces of current problems and opportunities in the rural areas of Europe by applying a multi-disciplinary conceptual framework. A major objective of the project was to promote international cooperation in rural development research through the establishment of a network of research groups. The European Rural Development (ERD) project was discontinued by the end of 2002 as an autonomous research unit in the theme of "Population and Society". A follow-up activity on Sustainable Rural Development is being undertaken by Gerhard K. Heilig in "General Research".


The eUSER project set out to provide “Evidence-based support for the design and delivery of user-centered online public services”.  It provides empirical information on key public eServices domains – eGovernment, eHealth, eLearning – and assesses the demand/supply match in these fields. As part of the project, a major population survey was conducted in 10 EU Member States to find out about citizens’ views, perceived needs and preferences regarding the online delivery of services of public interest. The project ran until April 2006.


The objective of the project FlexWork - New Ways of Working in Remote Regions- was to acquaint regional development agencies and via these SMEs in peripheral European regions including the new member states Hungary, Poland, Bulgaria and Slovenia with new forms of flexible working to increase their competitiveness. The project supported business advisors, managers of small or medium sized businesses, and agencies concerned with regeneration and sustainability The project ran until 2003.


The aim of this project was to develop a Strategic Road Map on ICT-enabled growth-nodes in Europe. This road map was intended to provide the strategic framework regarding the specific areas to be researched and the stakeholders to be approached, as well as processes for network enlargement and constituency building. The G-NIKE working hypothesis was that the development of future competitiveness in the European Union will happen through the emergence of regions with higher than average economic growth rates. The project ran until May 2003.


IANIS was co-ordinated by the European Regional Information Society Association (Eris@) and provided a platform for the exchange of expertise, experience and good practice between 28 regions in 10 EU-member states and four private sector partners seeking to collaborate in promoting more innovative uses of their Structural Funds and accelerated deployment of the regional information society. IANIS has been created to serve the regions and their Innovative Actions. The project ran until September 2004.


IANIS+ builds on the progress of IANIS  and is a major two-year work programme of a consortium of 39 EU regions, led by the free State of Saxony and coordinated by eris@. Five regions of the new Member States participate in the programme at their own expense. The programme offers a range of inter-regional networking activities involving exchange of information, experience and good practice and analysis and evaluation on matters concerning information/knowledge society and regional development. The work programme comprises 5 main Action Lines: conferences & policy seminars; regional good practice research & peer reviews; an intensive course in regional IS development; 6 thematic work groups; and dissemination activities. The activities of IANIS+ come to an end in September 2007.


The Indic@tor study was a cross-cultural study on the measurement and the development of employability in small and medium-sized ICT-companies, some of its hypothesized antecedents (e.g. mentoring,networking) and its outcomes (e.g. job success, career satisfaction). The instrument has been validated in each country's language through a series of pilot studies. The project ran until June 2005.


IT4ALL Network of Local Authorities for the Information Society is an instrument designed to ensure the effective cooperation of Local Authorities around the World (cities, regions and other authorities of the decentralized Administration) to enable all people to access the Information Society, promoting e-inclusion policies and Decentralized Cooperation in digital terms.


The KEeLAN projects (“Key Elements for Electronic Local Authorities’ Networks”) overall aim was to stimulate local authorities in their transition process towards modernisation and provision of webservices to citizens, by providing them with an e-government marching route (best practices, models and roadmaps). The project investigated the relation between regional e-government policies and local e-government initiatives. This analysis provided a reliable picture on where Europe stands at the moment in the field of e-government. The project ended in April 2002. However, its findings have been disseminated by the partners throughout Europe also after this date.


The New Economy Statistical Information System (NESIS) was a three-year Accompanying Measure designed to contribute to the continuing elaboration and evaluation of European benchmarking indicators, as successive phases of the Lisbon strategy unfold and were implemented. The activities were organised around four policy and conceptual pillars that had emerged from the Lisbon strategy. These pillars were: New Information Economy and E-Europe, Productivity and Competitiveness in the New Information Economy, Human Investment in the New Information Economy and Social Inclusion in the New Information Economy. One of the NESIS objectives was to undertake a limited number of statistical pilot case studies in order to achieve the twin targets of increasing understanding as a prerequisite to designing appropriate indicators on complex issues; and in order to delineate the broad contours of a statistical information system within the European Statistical System (ESS). The project ended in November 2004.

Pew Internet & American Life Project

The Pew Internet & American Life Project produces reports that explore the impact of the Internet on families, communities, work and home, daily life, education, health care, and civic and political life. The basis of the reports are nationwide random digit dial telephone surveys as well as online surveys. This data collection is supplemented with research from government agencies, academia, and other expert venues; observations of what people do and how they behave when they are online; in-depth interviews with Internet users and Internet experts alike; and other efforts that try to examine individual and group behavior.

The Project aims to be an authoritative source on the evolution of the Internet in the USA through collection of data and analysis of real-world developments as they affect the virtual world.

Rural Wins

The Rural Wins project was a thematic network which aimed to build a strategic RTD roadmap developing an Information and Communication Technologies vision which shouldl ensure the economically and technically feasible deployment of information and communication solutions for rural areas (including also maritime regions and islands). The project analysed trends in technology development of equipment needed and foreseen, deployment of services which integrate the equipment and knowledge management development which allow the integration of the above for the globalised rural work and life environment. The project ran until July 2003.


The SEEFIRE (South-East Europe Fibre Infrastructure for Research and Education) project aims to prepare for future collaboration in southeast Europe by studying the availability of options for network infrastructure, as well as the possible strategies for the development of research and education networking in the region, with a specific emphasis on the Western Balkan countries. The project aims to raise awareness, among stakeholders of National Research and Education Networks (NRENs), governments, users and telecommunication operators, about the results of the SEEREN and GN1 projects in terms of providing interconnection facilities in southeast Europe and about the findings of SERENATE concerning the measures needed to reduce the digital divide in Europe. The project will exploit the results of these IST projects and the results of national research and education networking projects in the Czech Republic, Hungary, Serbia-Montenegro and Greece.


The SEE-GRID (South Eastern European GRid-enabled eInfrastructure Development) project intendd to provide specific support actions to pave the way towards the participation of the South Eastern European countries to the Pan-European and worldwide Grid initiatives. This was accomplished through dissemination conferences and training material including cookbooks, pilot and demonstration test-beds for hands-on experience, applications' adaptations to be able to use the Grid, operational and support centre schemes and organisation, and finally feasibility studies and roadmaps for the integration of the SEE to the European Research Area (ERA) via an extended Pan-European Grid infrastructure. The project ran until end of April 2006.


The aim of the SPIDER project is to increase potential of intrinsic regional strengths. The output of the networked co-operation is a selection of regional visions that focus on exploring future possibilities in promoting European economic progress. The project partners explore future potentials of emerging fields of economic activity in the regions, the competitive advantages. Futures studies/ foresight exercises are conducted to overview and discuss policy options and opportunities.

A main feature of the project is learning via the sharing and benchmarking of comparative performance and good practice. Therefore, regions with economic growth potential of some specific economic fields are selected as target regions of the research.


SIBIS (Statistical Indicators Benchmarking the Information Society) has taken up the challenge of developing innovative information society indicators to take account of the rapidly changing nature of modern societies and to enable the benchmarking of progress in EU Member States. These indicators were tested and piloted in a representative survey in all EU member states. The SIBIS project was closely related to the eEurope and eEurope+ initiatives of the European Union and contributed to measuring the progress of eEurope actions covering all EC member states, Switzerland, the USA and 10 candidate countries. SIBIS was a project for the definition and piloting of statistical indicators to be used for measuring and benchmarking important domains and issues of the Information Society. The project ran until June 2003.


SOCQUIT was concerned with the effects of ICT on the development of social capital and quality of life in Europe. It analysed socio-economic data in much depth. A key outcome was a decision support software tool targeted at business, R&D and policy stakeholders. SOCQUIT finished in November 2005.


Funded by the European Commission's Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme, the three-year STILE project aimd to provide innovative methodologies and content on the statistical monitoring of the European labour market in the eEconomy. This included the fine-tuning of statistics to match the eEconomy and the monitoring of ICT-related work patterns. In doing so, STILE aimd to contribute to the efficient functioning of the European labour market and to the prevention of social exclusion. It was the explicit project strategy to involve users in a systematic and direct way and to formulate strategies for European convergence in the statistical monitoring of the labour market in the eEconomy. The project ended November 2004.


The objective of Support-EAM (Supporting the creation of a e-Accessibility Quality Mark) was to propose a strategy for creating a Web Accessibility Quality Mark for Web services. The project ran until April 2006.


UNDERSTAND (European Regions UNDER way towards STANDard indicators for benchmarking information society) was an Interreg IIIc project, aiming to compare and evaluate regional development of the Information Society by defining and applying a set of common regional e-indicators on Internet usage by citizens and business, e-government and broadband infrastructure. This should enable policy-makers to better understand the impact of Information Society investment. The project ran until July 2006.

W2i Digital Cities

Founded in 2002 in the USA, the Wireless Internet Institute, LLC, is an independent forum bringing together stakeholders around the world to accelerate the adoption of wireless Internet in support of social and economic development and better managed cities, communities and regions. The main activity of the LLC is the W2i Digital Cities Convention, a thought-leadership conference held annually in 3-4 regions of the world. Outcomes are discussed in a series of White Papers.


WORKS is an EU research project which aims at improving our understanding of the major changes in work in the knowledge-based society (KBS). The project investigates the evolving division of labour within and between organisations and the related changes at the workplace. The implications for the use of skills an knowledge, for flexibility and for the quality of work, as well as the impact on occupational identities, time use and learning of individuals will be investigated in a comparative perspective. The role of the social dialogue and of the varieties of institutional shaping in Europe will receive particular attention. WORKS is a four-year project started in June 2005.