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Objective: To improve regional economic development

This objective covers improvements to regional economic development by examining regional economic performance and investment, economic structure, entrepreneurship and competitiveness, knowledge creation and use, innovation and R&D;, human capital, and regional economic policy.

Keywords: R&D;, eGovernment, Economic development, Economic policy, Human capital, Innovation, Regional competitiveness, Regional investment and jobs, Regional knowledge


 

Report(s) Objective 'To improve regional economic development'

 
Date Report:
June 30 2003Promoting regional knowledge and innovation

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Case 43  Actnow-broadband project in Cornwall (UK) 
Public-private partnership offers SMEs attractive deals on broadband connections and business support. Thereby promoting a fast uptake, immediate benefits for businesses and some innovative ideas that created a demand led expansion of services.

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Case 220  APONTE-An approach to the deployment of new technologies in education (Spain) 
A report on the utilisation of ICT in rural schools in Spain with recommendations for further development and lessons for other rural areas in Europe.

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Case 37  IT For the Terrified: A community venture to offer basic IT training (UK) 
Excellent project to introduce ICT skills in a rural area can be easily replicated in many environments. Sound practical lessons learnt and applied.

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Case 462  Nationwide Polish Information Network - OSIM (Poland) 
On-line business directory provides an intuitive interface for searching with good results, but finds slow connections force them to limit content to a minimum - which turns out to be a bonus.

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Case 442  e-Procurement. Online Auction in public sector (Romania) 
An excellent example of e-procurement for government (tenders on-line) with well documented lessons and suggestions for development. Reduced costs by 22% and made transactions transparent.

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Case 251  African Virtual University (Africa) 
University students in 15 African countries can receive lectures via satelite and give feedback via internet, phone or post.

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Case 206  Dschola - regional collaborative network of Piedmont schools (Italy) 
Supports and facilitates the take up of ICT in rural schools, including safe use of Internet and improved co-operation amongst teachers.

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Case 438  E-Center as promoter of network economy on local/regional level (Slovenia) 
On-going project to introduce teleworking centres in Slovenia which draws on other European experiences and will have significant benefits for regional employment

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Case 218  Growing High Tech Industries in West Virginia WVHTC (USA) 
Large scale American project that focused state, government and industry resources to create a dynamic business environment and technology park. ICT used to bring actors together, promote opportunities and service enterepeneurs.

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Case 258  Learning District: The New Wave of Rural Information - North Karelia (Finland) 
Rural community network, built with full local involvement, has become model for similar networks. Basic infrastructure (connectivity) required, but if available this model has a lot going for it.

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Case 870  SYNERGY Catalogue (Slovakia) 
Project to encourage the adoption of e-commerce tools by SMEs establishes a virtual market for e-commerce consultants and discovers that these advisers are more resistant to new practices than the potential clients! Another classic example of how the Internet empowers the consumer.

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Case 467  Technopolis: a Hungarian Public Service Company helping the region enter the knowledge society (Hungary) 
The case is about how ICT regional development projects are 'marketable' irrespective to the general reluctance of people and businesses.

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Case 464  Tourist information centre Moravske Toplice as promoter of tourist provides (Slovenia) 
Small, least developed, region in Slovenia creates a simple website to promote local tourism for less than 3,000 Euro and sees a 10% increase. Future development funded through increased business. Excellent model to follow - start small and grow !

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Case 250  UHI Millennium Institute - Scottish Highlands and Islands (UK) 
ICT enabled the creation of a true University for this remote region. Collaboration with other countries and introducing student designed learning programmes this case represents a bold step towards the future of Higher Education. Ample supporting material and links are available.

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Case 849  Using the GSM system to protect against plant diseases and improve environmental sustainability (Hungary) 
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Case 39  Western Isles - Bringing jobs to a skilled workforce in a remote area of Scotland (UK) 
Lucky enough to inherit an existing, high quality, infastructure this case clearly demonstrates the importance of a committed "champion", well ordered systems and not bothering the client with the details of "teleworking" in the creation of <100 jobs in remote areas.

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Case 186  Vaga Naeringshage - a regional business garden in Eastern Norway (Norway) 
A Norwegian Business centre attracts new firms to the region without upsetting the established local firms.

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Case 188  Call centre development in Kuusamo (Finland) 
Creating new employment in remote area through development of a call centre service and training local people.

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Case 204  Ennis - Information Age Town (Ireland) 
Succesful creation of a "Digital Town" that also challenges the commonly held concept that access to ICT alone will solve the Digital Divide.

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Case 203  Fife Direct - using the Internet for regional economic development and social cohesion (UK) 
More than a municipal website, this project integrates and encourages agencies across the region to provide both an excellent "on-line" resource for local citizens and an engine for regional development. Many "disadvantaged" users have proved more "web-savvy" than the managers !

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Case 13  Gerontechnology (Netherlands) 
A national project to improve the design of products (including ICT tools) to meet the needs of the elderly. Key to its' success was the involvement of the elderly themselves. ICT also helped bring the various actors together

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Case 412  Intelligent Campus Programme for the College of Nyiregyhaza (Hungary) 
An excellent case - how a University used its' disadvantaged status to install a complete Intranet solution on the back of a virtual campus. Greatly improved management, real cost savings and better educational services now make this a leading Hungarian University. Much creative thinking!

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Case 478  Virtual Piotrkowska Street (Poland) 
Privately funded local business portal (community website) benefits traders and the region. Excellent model which highlights problem of funding.



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Case 848  Business incubator to support local and regional start-ups (Hungary) 
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Case 187  E-work jobs in remote regions of Norway (Norway) 
Using telework to provide employment in remote Norway required moving and creating jobs as well as providing the infastructure and training.

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Case 141  BSL Industries: development of virtual services at every level of the production process (Belgium, France) 
ICT enabled the formation of an EEIG to support scattered SMEs in the engineering sector. Changing to a de-centralised approach produced a wide range of benefits for all participants.

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Case 329  DAEWS -- Danube Accident Emergency Warning System (Global) 
An environmental programme that provides innovative information system on safety, health and security for users and stakeholders of a River Basin across different countries

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Case 191  De@fchild (UK) 
Using ICT to help the education of deaf children. Supported by the BBC establishes centres and develops software as well as training programmes.

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Case 182  Dialogue - Information Society for disadvantaged groups (EU) 
Using existing ICT tools in an innovative way in schools leads to educational and other improvements.

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Case 217  Electra - Opening a window to Adult Education and learning opportunities (EU) 
A multi-lingual knowledge base for Life-Long-Learning. Includes directory of courses plus many support features.

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Case 452  eMarket - Electronic system for acquisitions of goods and services (Romania) 
An excellent example of an on-line market/auction house for B2B trading in goods and services. Launched in March 2002 through a public/private partnership it has reduced costs and created a dynamic local economy.

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Case 87  European School Net (EU) 
Report on pan-European network of educational networks to encourage communication, knowledge sharing and learning resources.

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Case 12  Frauen ans Netz - Internet courses for women (Germany) 
Large scale training programme for women to use the Internet (100,000 women). Many useful lessons.

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Case 343  IT Norrbotten - trying out distance working (Sweden) 
After careful preparation this case used "hands on" training to help SMEs in remote regions introduce teleworking for their staff and found that the technology helped them overcome a local shortage of skilled personel.

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Case 67  Kite Teleworking (UK) 
Creating a tele-centre in rural Ireland has imported employment. Good example of using ICT to create new employment opportunities within a rural community.

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Case 210  Lasipalatsi film and media centre (Finland) 
How ICT has helped regenerate an urban area and create a dynamic, world-class, media centre to promote culture and provide a wide variety of employment opportunities.

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Case 458  Local crafts promoted by a web-based catalogue (Slovenia) 
Spin-off from a teleworking project demonstrates the power of co-operation and the internet to support local crafts and regional development

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Case 267  MATVE - Rural Network Information Project (Finland) 
University led initiative to link collection of rural villages in Finland through a website and wider acess to the internet. Replicable in other rural areas.

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Case 148  NTD International: Application of IT tools in the knowledge management and in the use of human resources (Global) 
A group of workers rescue the profitable parts of a shipbuilding company by using ICT. Worker dedication and flexibility, coupled with the right ICT tools, allows the group to grow rapidly into a successful company. Well worth watching to see what hapens next.

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Case 429  RODA - Romanian Archive of Social Data (Romania) 
Public/Private partnership develops archiving of electronic data provided by social research. Comprehensive list of lessons learnt.

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Case 843  SYNERGY Incubator (Slovak republic) 
Virtual business projects incubator

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Case 205  The Digital North Denmark - exploring the potentials of the network society (Denmark) 
A large scale National project that encouraged a "bottom-up" approach to project design and implimentation and thereby produced some interesting outcomes, including employment opportunities and effective networking actions.

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Case 873  The “Chitalishte” project (Bulgaria) 
An attempt for strengthening the positions of a traditional cultural institution in Bulgaria

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Case 129  WIRED WORKPLACE Network of technology enterprises (UK) 
By developing a "not-for-profit", targeted, ISP type service to groups of local business units this project drove development and was in turn driven to provide more by it's clients.

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Case 48  Getting into IT in Longford (Ireland) 
Production of report and website to encourage inward inverstment and development to a rural area of Ireland which led to creation of business opportunities.

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Case 373  Pannon Automotive Cluster - a country-wide industrial network for the automotive sector (Hungary) 
A well described case of a successful cluster for automotive parts manufacturers that involves a very wide range of players to add great value.

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Case 372  "Forming the heart of a new Central Europe" (Hungary) 
A regional development portal that incorporates support and dissemination measures. By proactively encouraging transparency and local particiation this case demonstrates the support ICT can give to NAS, and other, regions seeeking to maximise the potential of EU membership.

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Case 195  DATEC Developmentally Appropriate Technology in Early Childhood (EU) 
Detailed study of how children adopt ICT plus the development of a portal for dissemination and support.

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Case 360  Iris-Sulinet: hardware and content development in Hungarian public education (Hungary) 
A National programme to introduce computers and the internet discovers that it needs to develop and deliver suitable content. Some good lessons learnt.

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Case 477  SYNERGY (Slovak republic) 
Well described case of an integrated virtual business services in the professional area that finds many useful lessons, including "keep it simple" and "restrict transparency" !

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Case 26  TTA, The New Opportunities Fund ICT training for teachers and school librarians (UK) 
This national up-skilling programme illustrates the importance of establishing clear national targets but allowing local trainers (both public and private) to design and deliver to meet diverse local needs.

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Case 316  Village Information Centres, Pondicherry (India) 
How to use ICT for regional development in poor rural regions in India. Aimed at improving general living conditions for local families, support farmers and fishermen and improve the general welfare.

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Case 453  e-Job - searching for jobs using electronic means (Romania) 
Good example of setting up an on-line recruitment service from Romania. well documented activities, lessons and conclusions.

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