The 30-month PRELUDE project will carry out a major dissemination programme of Information Society-related actions involving Regions and local governments. The Consortium will participate in not less than 50 important promotional events in Europe and launch not less than 200 initiatives of different levels. The activities will be undertaken within nine Digital Areas, ranging from public health systems and equal opportunities to urban transport, from e-Government and Regional Geographic Information Systems to education, training and e-learning, and from regional marketing to Technology Development Research Programmes in the EU and CEEC.
Within all these Areas, PRELUDE will disseminate: regional profiles and benchmarking; best practice galleries and modelling; clustering and concertation; local, regional and European networks' actions and events; and provide editorial and web supporting services.
The PRELUDE project will:
a) promote IST achievements as an instrument for regional sustainable development;
b) reinforce digital strategies at regional and sub-regional/local level;
c) prepare the grounds for future research initiatives in Europe, according to the idea of the European Research Area, by incorporating the European Regions therein;
d) support eEurope and excellence regarding regional digital economies and strategies;
e) favour clustering and cross-fertilisation within the nine Digital Regions of the project;
f) consolidate collaboration with European institutions and with other European regional networks and similar organisations;
g) generate a sustainable model.
The PRELUDE project will perform a major dissemination programme concerning the promotion of research technology and innovation. These activities will be done through the Consortium itself as well as through supporting actions conducted by other relevant actors. Each participating Region will lead Europe-wide its own Digital Area, within which actions will be performed in the PRELUDE Regions as well as in non-PRELUDE Regions (both will obtain half of the total budget). Particular attention will be paid to Objective 1 Regions and CEE countries. All the plans for the dissemination activities will be approved at the Steering Committee meetings, on the basis of the proposals by the PRELUDE Regions. Other management will be done through a Team in Brussels and by the participating organisations. Special advisory organs - Advisory Committee and European Commission Supporting Team - will offer assistance for the project.
The project is divided into six workpackages, four of which are directly dedicated to dissemination purposes. Two European regional networks, ELANET/CEMR and eris@, are in central role in the project. They support PRELUDE through their different backgrounds and competencies, providing assistance for the PRELUDE Regions and organising activities in non-PRELUDE Regions. The PRELUDE web portal and its links to existing tools in other sites will provide information and supporting services for the project. At the end of the project, a European conference will be organised, where the results of PRELUDE and further activities will be outlined with a view to achieving continuity for the project well into the future. By then, the participating Regions have become prime movers within their respective Digital Areas and able to continue their work Europe-wide after the project.
In T6, the PRELUDE website will be online. The Project Management Plan and the programmes for promotion activities have been adopted. Initial analysis has been performed on the situation with regard to the digital economy in Europe. The promotion and dissemination actions will take mainly place from T7 to T30. Mid-term evaluation will be done in T18, and the programmes for subsequent activities are adjusted accordingly. At the end of the project, a model and a roadmap will be elaborated for future actions as well as a representative European conference will be organised in T30.
Funding SchemeACM - Preparatory, accompanying and support measures
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