Key Action 2, IST- 2001- 39107
Action Line: IST-2002-2.1.2

Roadmap for ICT Solutions for Rural Areas and Maritime Regions




>Through a Thematic Network:

The development of the Strategic Roadmap for ICT Solutions for Rural and Maritime Areas will be done through a Thematic Network. This instrument allows for a wide iteration between contractors and constituency, and limits the tendency of strategic studies to reflect in excess the opinion of the report producers. It is also an efficient procedure to obtain consensus about future technology development in such a hard to foresee area as the e-Rural is.

This figure represents when non contractors members of the Network and the rest of the constituency will interact with it along the execution of the project. There are three layers of contribution (see figure):
    • The inner layer or project consortium is formed by the contracting partners who will be responsible for developing the work an who will represent the opinions of the different types of players.
    • The outer layer is formed by the broad constituency with interest in the technology development of the rural and island world. The participants in this layer will be identified by the partners and will be basically passive participants: they will receive information about the progress of the project, and will be the objective public of the dissemination activities. They will be invited to become members of the Thematic Network.
    • The intermediate layer is formed by a reduced sample of the outer layer. Its members will be selected by the contracting partners and will represent all the involved agents, and a significant part of the EU geography. They will be associated to contractors, will participate in project concertation meetings and will receive materials produced by the consortium partners. They will form the Thematic Network Membership. They will participate at their own expenses.



The project is divided into six workpackages:

WP1 Analisys of unanswered needs
WP2 Comparative analysis of technologies
WP3 Panaeuropean business model proposition
WP4 Participation of large constituency an dissemination
WP5 Conclusion of study
WP6 Coordination

The first three workpackages in which the project is divided are dedicated to explicit the current and foreseen status of e-technology deployment in rural areas, including the elaboration of business model propositions which could apply feasibly to all involved agents.

Workpackage four is dedicated to interact during the duration of the project with the involved agents, to establish a broad constituency which would take part in the development of technology solutions, and to disseminate the results of the project.

Workpackage five will elaborate on the findings of the study and will build the visionary technology roadmap for the next decade.

Workpackage six concerns with project management, consortium coordination, coordination with other external actions, and evaluation of project progress.



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