ERUDITE – Enhancing Rural and Urban Innovation Territories in Europe

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  • Duration (as a follow-up project): 1.10.2021–30.9.2022 
  • Partners:
    Burgundy Franche-Comté Regional Council (France),
    ERNACT (Ireland),
    RISE Acreo (Sweden),
    University of Ljubljana (Slovenia),
    Association of Local Authorities in Västernorrland (Sweden),
    Pannon Business Network Association (Hungary),
    Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia (Finland)  and
    the lead partner is Digital Nièvre Joint Authority (France).
  • Funding programme:  Interreg Europe  
  • Total budget: EUR 0.45M
  • Regional Council of South Ostrobothnia budget: 50 000 € with the national contribution of 7 700 €

The ERUDITE project is an off-shoot of the Interreg IVC Project ENGAGE rather than a follow-up, inspired by elements of good practice and partial pilots undertaken during the project lifetime.

Erudite will define sustainable business models for digital service development and deployment through the refinement of open innovation methodology integrating SEROI; by involving multiple stakeholders in design, delivery and ownership of services, reassuring investors by demonstrating wider and most importantly, measurable social and economic benefits.

The partners brainstormed key actions required for optimising the added value of these structures, the following priorities were established:
• Ensure equal access to bringing universal, inclusive digital services closer to users in rural and peripheral areas
• Support digital innovation uptake and growth of SMEs in rural/peripheral areas
• Establish how to better use public investments as digital innovation generators
• Investigate how rural areas can best create/be digital innovative development platforms
• Establish Smart rural territory models
• Reinforce the sustainability of investments by undertaking Social and Economic Return on Investment (SEROI)

ERUDITE partners will undertake an exchange programme to evaluate the impact of the Covid-19 crisis on the development and operation of digital services and develop measures to respond. This will be achieved through:

  1. 16 policy learning events (2 coordination meetings, two partnership events and 12 regional stakeholder group meetings )
    • Phase One – impact analysis of Covid-19 crisis
    • In the first 3-4 months of the project, we will undertake a pilot action focusing on the development of a one-line SEROI+ evaluation tool.
  2. Improvement of six policy instruments (one project per partner submitted for funding).

We exchange good practices among the international stakeholders.

ERUDITE 1 digital services

  1. Public Library Eepos, digital services (Seinäjoki, Finland)
  2. Smart city and territories / Fablab Network (University of Ljubljana, Slovenia)
  3. Robotics oriented Digital Innovation Hubs on European level – DIH2 Network (Pannon, Hungary)
  4. Digital health Learning platform – Modular Innovation Learning Hub (Pannon, Hungary)
  5. E-service for vaccination consent incl automation of mailings / reminders (Västernorrland, Sweden)
  6. Digitalization Education of Local SMEs in Manufacturing – HGC Academy (Pannon, Hungary)
  7., the digital tools (France)
  8. Nivernais Morvan digital Hub, FabLab (digital sewing machine, laser cutter 3D printer….); drones for mapping and agricultural use .., (France)
  9. AM-LAB, Due to the COVID 19 pandemic AM-LAB Hub switched to online education (Pannon, Hungary)

ERUDITE 2 digital services

  1. E-service for vaccination consent and automation of case processing (Västernorrland, Sweden)
  2. VIBIOL- Virtual events new business in South Ostrobothnia (Into+SeAMK, Finland)
  3. New SoTe – New Technology for the Social and Health Sector (Sedu, Finland)
  4. Improving digital skills in travel companies (SeAMK, Finland)
  5. Virtual wine tasting (Divina Wine Shop & Hub, Slovenia)
  6. Innovation as a Service, IaaS (ERNAC, Irland)
  7. Donegal Remote Working Strategy, (Donegal, Irland)
  8. XR (eXtended Reality) technologies as part of the traveller’s customer trail, (SeAMK, Finland)
  9. Working and living in Covid 19 everyday life – TAKO, Finland (Epanet)
  10. 4PDIH, Public Private People Partnership Digital Innovation Hub – 4PDIH is a national one-stop-shop. Slovenia
  11. ii – Inishowen Innovation Hub and Youtube video Funded by the Irish Governmemt, Irland
    Remote Working and – Studying as a growth platform for vitality (Leader Aisapari, Finland)