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SONNETS will tackle this issue of empowering the public sector in becoming a core innovation driver by dedicating itself to the following core questions:
• How to identify, monitor and early detect societal trends that need to be met by specific public sector services?
• How to timely get aware of emerging technologies and assess their usability for the public sector?
To provide convincing answers to these questions SONNETS will deliver an innovative methodological framework to accelerate the transformation of the public sector through the identification and analysis of emerging technologies that hold the potential to transform the public sector into a technology leader and innovation carrier.
QROWD addresses the challenges facing municipalities and companies to offer effective information concerning transportation and mobility, assess the efficiency of infrastracture, reduce CO2 and, overall, enhance the quality of life of citizens. It offers methods to perform cross-sectorial Big Data stream integration for urban mobility including real-time data on individual and public transportation combined with geographic and meteorogical data to deliver a comprehensive overview of the city traffic while capitalizing on human feedback channels. The project will finally build a platform providing hybrid computational methods relying on efficient algorithms and human computation and feedback.
OpenMaker offers a unique opportunity for manufacturers and makers to test and scale new partnerships as part of its aim to seed and accelerate the4th Industrial Revolution. This initiative seeks to catalyse the ideation, discovery, design & prototyping of business models, production processes, products, and governance systems — driving the radical distribution, decentralisation and mass collaboration between manufacturers and makers.
CITADEL will create an ecosystem of best practices, tools and recommendations to transform Public Administrations (PAs) via an inclusive approach in order to provide stakeholders with more efficient, inclusive and citizen-centric services. The CITADEL ecosystem will allow PAs to use what they already know and new data to implement what really matters to citizens in order to shape and co-create more efficient and inclusive public services. CITADEL innovates by using ICTs to find out why citizens stop using public services, and use this information to readjust provision to bring them back in. Also, it identifies why citizens are not using a given public service (due to affordability, accessibility, lack of knowledge, embarrassment, lack of interest, etc.) and, where appropriate, use this information to make public services more attractive, so they start using the services. CITADEL will be implemented and validated in four use cases in Latvia, Italy, The Netherlands and Belgium.
WeGovNow will tap into emerging technologies for effectively supporting co-production by civic society stakeholders and collective proposition development, whereby citizens are partners, as opposed to customers, in the delivery of public services. By integrating a set of innovative technologies within a unified citizen engagement platform, the project is to overcome the current limitations of existing digital tools for citizen reporting, e-participation and communication between the citizen and the government. In doing so, WeGovNow would enable a new type of interactivity, enhancing and expanding the viability of and capacity for citizen co-production in the public sector, not only in a traditional citizen-to-government dynamic, but also in an arrangement where the government informs, assists, and enables private actions, or where citizens assist one another, with IT replacing the dependency on administrations as a vehicle for collective action. The project outcomes will be validated in three European cities.
Online services made available by the public administration (PA) typically rely on standardised processes, copied from their offline counterparts and designed only from the public sector organizations’ own perspective. This often results in online services that fail to adapt to the specific needs of citizens and companies. The SIMPATICO team will address the issue by proposing a novel approach for the delivery of personalised online services. Their final goal is to make interactions with the PA easier, more efficient and more effective. The consortium is planning to combine emerging technologies for language processing and machine learning "with the wisdom of the crowd".
The OpenGovIntelligence project aims at stimulating sustainable economic growth in Europe through innovation in society and enterprises. OpenGovIntelligence suggests a holistic approach for the modernisation of Public Administration (PA) by exploiting Linked Open Statistical Data (LOSD) technologies.
Smarticipate aims to bring the public into the urban planning process, giving citizens access to data about their city and enabling them to better support local decision-making. The platform will be trialed in three major European cities: London, Rome, and Hamburg. Smarticipate has the power to help citizens share their ideas and opinions on how their city should be developed, but how does it work in practice?
RECAP proposes a methodology for improving the efficiency and transparency of the compliance monitoring procedure through a cloud-based Software as a Service (SaaS) platform which will make use of large volumes of publicly available data provided by satellite remote sensing, and user-generated data provided by farmers through mobile devices (geo-referenced and time-stamped photos).
MobileAge seeks to develop a practice-based understanding of accessibility, mobility and usability of services for senior citizens. Methodologically, we will develop and deploy co-creation approaches to engage senior citizens, government staff and employees / from nongovernmental organisations. The aim of the project is to explore and implement innovative ways to support senior citizens to access and use public services through personal mobile technologies. Where possible these services will be based on open government data.
FLOOD-serv aims to provide a complete solution for floods awareness, response actions and education regarding flood risks. The solution will be developed using a transnational, interdisciplinary, stakeholder oriented and citizen-centric approach harnessing the collaborative power of ICT networks, both technically and socially. The FLOOD-serv solution will provide information in a transparent manner in order to increase the openness of ICT-based technology platforms in the public sector.
CLARITY is a small-scale coordination and support action designed to:
1) mobilise a multidisciplinary network of stakeholders across the open government ecosystem in order to support and encourage the take-up of responsible eGovernment applications that can help drive open government initiatives,
2) Conduct an interactive needs assessment and gap analysis in order to understand gaps in the market and support the growth on innovative solutions for open government in Europe and
3) work with the network to develop a blueprint for next steps in facilitating open government initiatives in Europe.
Open Government Data (OGD), from being an obscure possibility just five years ago, is spreading across the globe at a phenomenal rate, delivering the promise to spur innovation, to deliver better services for less money, to improve planning, to increase transparency, and to reduce corruption. In this context, YourDataStories envisions to bring this promise closer to reality, through a highly customisable online platform for data exploitation focused in the financial flows that are critical for transparency, collaboration and participation. YourDataStories brings an innovative solution whose innovation potential spreads across many directions, from leveraging best practices and proven technologies across Europe, to exploiting the social Web for accessing citizens, and to supporting sustainable public services across borders. Building on top of the "Transparency Portal" initiative of the Greek government, YourDataStories can be viewed as a way to showcase and transfer the existing expertise to European level, in an attempt to transform governments and governance in Europe. At the same time, YourDataStories seeks to exploit and embed in this effort the benefits of the social Web, establishing an innovative bidirectional channel between the Social and Semantic Web. Finally, YourDataStories aims to support sustainable services, supported by a marketing ecosystem of applications offering cross-border services of public finance flows across Europe.
OpenBudgets.eu will provide an open-source software framework and accompanying Software-As-A-Service (SAAS) platform for supporting financial transparency, thus enhancing accountability within public sectors, and as a result preventing corruption. The core objectives of OpenBudgets.eu project are: a semantic data model; a library of visualisation tools with a user-friendly interface; a library of data mining and comparative analysis tools; a feedback and citizen engagement interface. The OpenBudgets.eu open-source framework and portal will integrate these components into a comprehensive portal. The framework will be deployed as a software-as-a service for thousands of public administrations and millions of citizens. We will apply the project concept to three large-scale pilot scenarios in the domains participatory budgeting, data journalism and corruption prevention.
The key objective of the proposed project is to combine the provision of data on public spending in the area of public procurement with actionable governance indicators and a monitoring procedure facilitating whistleblowing and thus strengthening accountability and transparency of public administrations.
The project, in particular, aims to systematically collect, analyse, and broadly disseminate tender-level information on public procurement in 35 jurisdictions across Europe. This data will be linked to company and public organisation information on finances and ownership and to information on mechanisms that increase accountability of public officials in order to systematically investigate the patterns and mechanisms of allocation of public resources in Europe. The proposed project addresses directly the objectives of the call by using innovative ICT-based measures and services which will provide wide access to information about governments’ spending and additionally involve private and public agents to actively collaborate in improving the quality and volume of the relevant data.
Partners represent an effective combination of large, well-renowned institutions and small and highly-innovative ones, including scientists and researchers from computer and political sciences, sociology, criminology, and economics at 6 institutions from 4 European countries, both old and new member states.
ROUTE-TO-PA envisions that Information and Communication Technologies for Transparency must improve the engagement of citizens by making them able to socially interact over open data, by forming or joining existing online communities that share common interest and discuss common issues of relevance to local policy, service delivery, and regulation.
The objectives of Route-To-PA are: to develop a Social Platform for Open Data (SPOD) enabling social interactions among open data users and between open data users and government data; to build Transparency-Enhancing Toolset (TET) as extensions for existing major Open Data Platforms; and to develop a set of recommendations (GUIDE) as good practice guide for open data publishers for achieving higher quality transparency through open data. The objectives are deployed, tested and experimented in a real setting, with at least 5 pilot studies in five different European countries.