From: Patrick SCHOULLER
Subject: programme eTEN. La région de Shannon en Irlande cherche un partenaire français eTowns: a project proposal under the eTEN programme eTEN background The eTEN programme supports activities necessary for the market validation or deployment of certain trans-European electronic services in the European Union. The service should already exist, at least as a tested and working prototype; the information content of the service must be available, if relevant. All systems and service proposed for eTEN funding should be based on existing or mature technology, i.e. it should be possible to demonstrate at least the fully developed and tested prototype service at the proposal stage. All R&D work should be completed on both the technical and content aspects of the system. Market validation projects are eligible under the eTEN programme. These are the testing of the viability of a service. Project proposal in this phase must start from an existing operational or fully developed and tested prototype system or service. Market validation includes demonstration of a pilot service; peer review of the service; feedback from users; report on findings including assessment, actions for deployment and a business/investment plan. Also eligible separately are actions for initial deployment, helping to launch services in a real life environment, following market validation. Six themes have been identified by eTEN. Proposals can address one or more themes: Ø eGovernance (electronic services provided by public administration and facilitating citizen participation) Ø eHealth (electronic services for the provision of healthcare Ø eInclusion (public services to bridge the “digital divide”) Ø eLearning (improve the quality of learning through access to the internet and multi-media technologies) Ø Trust and security ( raising the level of trust and confidence in the information society) Ø SMEs (facilitate the full participation of SMEs in the economy) The eTowns project The eTowns project originally developed in the Shannon Region of Ireland under the EU RISI (Regional Information Society Initiative, ERDF art 10). RISI showed in 1999 that in regions like Shannon, the low density rural population represented a major challenge for the adoption of information and communications technology (ICT). A focused strategy was essential to disseminate ICT to rural areas. The response was the development of the eTowns system in the Shannon Region, supported by the EU Innovative Actions programme, 2002-05. In Shannon, this involved preliminary work in selecting four pilot villages, and working in partnership with local government and community groups to strengthen the capability of the four villages to embrace ICT, particularly through local planning, animation and investment strategies for ICT. The outcome of the eTowns project was an action plan for use of ICT in each village, spilling out into the rural areas around the centres and mobilising capacity for exploiting ICT by the local population. Emergence of eTowns as a trans-national idea As the eTowns project grew, it became evident that the project would benefit from a trans-national dimension, and could be helpful as a vehicle for transfer of experience to other areas. In particular, the essential process of galvanising ICT in a strategic rural settlement became clear as incorporating discrete steps: Ø Clarifying the rural settlement strategy in the region in its implication for ICT Ø Selecting and defining the role of individual settlements for a rural ICT strategy Ø Adapting existing settlement plans to the needs of the information society Ø Animation in the use of ICT by people from the selected key settlements Ø Development proposals for further action by each key settlement as an ICT hub for the surrounding rural region. In addition, discussion highlighted a series of critical horizontal themes than needed to be addressed at each stage of the process above: eEnterprise:Enlarging the use of ICT by rural-based SMEs eInfrastructure:Addressing the core infrastructure deficits that impede the take-up of ICT in the eTowns eEnvironment:Modifying the spatial plans for the villages to incorporate more effectively the ICT dimension eGovernance:Integrating the ICT initiatives in the eTowns with the machinery of local and regional government. While preliminary discussions with potential trans-national partners strongly confirmed this approach, the eTowns project, due to lack of resources, did not develop further as a trans-national mechanism. eTowns and an eTEN initiative The eTowns project offers several ingredients that support the eTEN objectives: 1. eTowns supports the four themes of eGovernance, eLearning, eInclusion, eSMEs. 2. eTowns is a new technique to address the challenge of the digital divide in rural regions, integrating ICT with key settlement strategy. 3. Under RISI and Innovative Actions, eTowns has already moved beyond the R&D phase; support from eTEN would bring eTowns through market validation. Further information: Brian Callanan Research & EU Shannon Development Shannon County Clare Ireland Tel: +353-(0)61-710227 Mobile: +353-(0)86-9678003 Email: email@example.com Web: www.shannondev.ie Patrick SCHOULLER Ministère de l'Economie des Finances et de l'Industrie Direction Générale des Entreprises - STSI Représentant national aux comités des programmes IST, E-TEN, E-CONTENT, SIAP, MODINIS, IDABC Site : http://www.telecom.gouv.fr Vous pouvez retrouver tous les messages diffusés sur http://www.evariste.org/actu/schouller Vous recevez ce message car vous êtes sur une liste de personnes potentiellement intéressées par toutes les activités nationales et communautaires relatives à la société de l'information. Pour vous désabonner de cette liste de diffusion, il suffit de m'envoyer un email en rappelant l'adresse courriel concernée..