DEAS – Newsletter N.1
Dealing with Data is a deal for new services and products

We are living in the Data Economy era as the most valuable resource in not any more Oil but Data. The economic value of Data for Europe is expected to grow rapidly in terms of market size and employment. European Commission estimates the European data economy will grow from €477 billion in 2020 to €1.054 billion by 2025 and make up to 6.3% share of GDP*.

The public sector is in the EU one of the most data-intensive sectors. Thus, it holds vast amounts of public open data, that can be readily and widely accessible and re-used. The datasets are available on the local, regional, national and EU level and are constantly increasing. Therefore, the European Commission's policies focus on generating value for the economy and society through the re-use of this type of data.

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What is the added value of DEAS project?
  • improve the value of using open data for public services and business
  • raise competitiveness of the Alpine space areas with their exploitation
  • focusing on alpine strategic sectors which can benefit from the use of open data: environment, tourism&culture and mobility.
  • improve the creation of new disruptive and customer-oriented services/products for citizens, tourists and entrepreneurs.
Who we are

Veneto Region – ICT and Digital Agenda Dpt. – Italy (Lead partner)

Chamber of Commerce of Treviso-Belluno – Italy

Bwcon GmbH - Germany

City of Constance – Germany

City of Vercelli – Italy

CSI – Piemonte – Italy

Grand E-Nov – France

Styrian Business Promotion Agency SFG – Austria

Business Upper Austria – Austria

Technology Park Ljubljana - Slovenia

City of Ljubljana - Slovenia

Lyon Urban Data LUBA - France

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Kick-off meeting in Venice – 3rd and 4th February 2020

Partners met in Venice to discuss about the main concepts of the project, the objectives, milestones and outputs and the communication activities. During the Steering Committee rules, administrative and financial issues to be taken into account by partners during the development of the project have been presented. Also DEAS project officer, representing AS Joint Secretariat,  took part at the meeting. 

Activities

Because of the traveling and meeting restrictions, due to Covid 19 emergency, all transborder cooperation projects are facing unexpected difficulties and delays. Project meetings and events may have to be cancelled, postponed and  partners and stakeholders may not be able to attend due to meeting ban or travel warning in particular regions. Therefore also DEAS partners had to look into their workplan and check how activities could be rearranged in order to achieve the set objectives differently. For instance, project meetings could be organised online, desk activities given the priority as opposed to events, stakeholders engagement designed differently through online tools.

Once more Interreg Alpine Space project partners are given the opportunity to propose solutions that are useful to face difficulties and crisis in the Alpine territory.

DEAS surveys – availability of Open Data and skills

In summer, the partners of the DEAS project conducted two surveys in all eight project areas. The first survey was aimed at the public and focused on people's needs and expectations for new digital solutions in the areas of mobility, environment, tourism and culture. The survey results show that the availability of information and digital services is very good at the "global" level and less good at most local levels. Respondents want more and better services and information relevant to their living environment. The environment is clearly the first priority for new innovative services, mobility comes second. In terms of the need for new innovative services, tourism and culture are third overall, but it is the second most popular of all project themes. In general, the trend towards sustainable, green and locally provided services is reflected in people's reactions. People are also often unaware of existing products and services, especially those that primarily serve local needs and lack visibility. An inventory of existing digital products would raise awareness of what kind of information is already available to citizens.

 

The second survey focused on the analysis of skills and tools already available or considered necessary by intermediaries and business support organisations to better assist SMEs and entrepreneurs in using open data for the development of new and innovative digital services. The results of the survey show that intermediaries and business support organisations are generally familiar with the concept and characteristics of open data. They are much less aware of the opportunities to create and commercially exploit new business models. Less than half of the organisations surveyed actually offer some form of support, mostly through links with competent organisations such as universities. The lack of in-house staff trained in open data topics is the main obstacle to better support. The results of the survey suggest that the DEAS project, through the planned training toolkit, will enable intermediary organisations to better inform and raise awareness among intermediary organisations of the potential of open data for the development of new and innovative digital services.

 

The outcome of the surveys has been discussed in the Local Working Groups leading to some conclusions which might be relevant for the further course of DEAS:

  • Gap: In general, the gap between the demand for and the availability of digital services is quite narrow.
  • Solutions for local specifics are more in demand than those dealing with global issues.
  • Regional differences are apparent between the project regions as to which themes of digital services are more in demand than others and which are more readily available.
  • Bundled services: Aggregation of OD sources and services would boost OD applications.
  • Public sector: Authorities and public administration need to be involved more strongly.
  • Frameworks & regulations: EU-Regulations such as GDPR and PSI strongly influence potential commercial applications.
  • Market & commercialization: The market pressure by the big US “Internet giants” (esp. Google) is enormous. Small commercial providers and non-commercial applications need public support.
  • User-centered view: Users’ need should be in the center of all considerations.

If you are interested in detailed results on the Alpine Space level, please contact peter.medica@tp-lj.si. For results for your area, please contact your local DEAS partner.

(Open) Data Day in Constance – 1th October 2020

The two project partners, city of Constance and bwcon GmbH, organized a day that focused exclusively on the topic of data economy for smart green cities. It all began with a morning meeting of the Local Working Group, which is a body of the DEAS project, followed in the afternoon by the High-Tech Summit (HTS, which this year was held in Constance under the motto "Data as Infrastructure for Smart Green Cities". The topic was "Turning Data into Business". According to the main focus of the DEAS program, the two partners concentrated on attracting speakers who presented initiatives and projects on the topic of mobility and energy. The debate revealed that data exchange between the projects and best practices for such pilot projects are essential. Data exchange is therefore a priority in the Smart City context. For DEAS, this means that not only are Open Data pilot projects themselves of interest in order to offer new services to various stakeholders, but also the linking of all pilot projects that generate or have generated data. It is of central importance to create a data culture in which the data structure is transparent and comprehensible and trust in data is created. A useful approach for exploiting open data should also always include the structured process of collecting ideas and especially the demand of the end user / citizen.

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