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Adaptive Zones for Interregional Electronic Commerce based on the concepts of Request-Based Virtual Organizations and sector-specific Service Level Agreements

Objective

The overall LAURA project goal is the development of regional and interregional electronic commerce zones with an emphasis in the interfacing with Associate States thus safeguarding a smoother integration environment with the European Union. It achieves this goal be means of a shared project through the collaboration of local and regional authorities and administrations, and the exchange of experiences between different countries and regions. In the project we set up Adaptive Zones for Regional and Interregional Electronic Commerce based on the concepts of Request-Based Virtual Organizations and sector-specific Service Level Agreements for improving access to the European market for small businesses, based on the utilisation of a powerful concept namely this of a specific type of the Virtual Organization (VO) taxonomy that is the Request-Based Virtual Organization? (RBVO). This type of VO comprises a cluster of partnering organizations that have totally replaced their vertical integration into a virtual one.

OBJECTIVES
The overall LAURA goal is the development of regional and interregional electronic commerce zones with an emphasis in the interfacing with Associate States thus safeguarding a smoother integration environment with the European Union. It achieves this goal be means of a shared project through the collaboration of local and regional authorities and administrations, and the exchange of experiences between different countries and regions. In the project we set up Adaptive Zones for Regional and Interregional Electronic Commerce based on the concepts of Request-Based Virtual Organizations and sector-specific Service Level Agreements for improving access to the European market for small businesses, based on the utilisation of a powerful concept namely this of a specific type of the Virtual Organization (VO) taxonomy that is the Request-Based Virtual Organization? (RBVO). This type of VO comprises a cluster of partnering organizations that have totally replaced their vertical integration into a virtual one.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
Work items of the LAURA project are:
1. to specify interregional EC zones demonstrating best practice in EC, by defining the needs, as well as the operational and functional requirements of all relevant actors including local/regional authorities, public/semi-public organisations and individual industry actors (especially SMEs);
2. to analyse technology- and market-related trends which will, either directly or indirectly, influence the formulation of the intended interregional EC zones;3
. to design usage scenarios for the EC zones specified in point 1 and to implement and test them with end users (mainly SMEs), using the resource of value added services to be provided by Support Centres which will be established during the LAURA project lifetime;
4. to evaluate the interregional EC zones developed by the project in terms of
(i) validation of the Support Centres functionality and usability, and (ii)
evaluation of the EC zones effectiveness for the SMEs concerned, by means of post-development work;5. to implement strategies for wide dissemination of the LAURA project results and the commercialisation of concepts, methodologies and prototypes developed in the project, especially for the benefit of other European regions. This will also imply particular attention being paid to Standardisation issues.LAURA will achieve these aims by identifying possibilities for enhancing and/or introducing the latest electronic commerce (henceforth: EC) business practices to identified SMEs in each of the LAURA LFR regions in accordance with the needs and the capabilities of those firms. The main functions which will galvanise most SMEs forward into electronic trading is related in the project through the adoption of the ebXML architecture, including the formal modelling of business processes, trading agreements, and message components.

Funding Scheme

CSC - Cost-sharing contracts

Coordinator

01 PLIROFORIKI S.A.
Address
Acharnon Street 438
11143 Athens
Greece

Participants (9)

APPLIED RESEARCH AND COMMUNICATIONS FUND.
Bulgaria
Address
5 Alexander Zhendov Str
1113 Sofia
CENTRE FOR RESEARCH AND TECHNOLOGY HELLAS
Greece
Address
6Th Km Charilaou-thermi Road
57001 Thermi-thessaloniki
CHAMBER OF COMMERCE AND INDUSTRY OF MESSINIA
Greece
Address
23Rd Martiou Square
24100 Kalamata
GRUENDUNGS- UND TECHNOLOGIETRANSFER ZENTRUM HANDWERK (GTZH MBH)
Germany
Address
Gustav-ricker-str. 62
39120 Magdeburg
HELLENIC ASSOCIATION OF YOUNG ENTREPRENEURS
Greece
Address
Harilaou Trikoupi Kai Oplarhigou Poutetsi 14
45332 Ioannina
KINGSTON UNIVERSITY
United Kingdom
Address
River House, 53-57 High Street
KT1 1LQ Kingston Upon Thames
OTTO VON GUERICKE UNIVERSITAET MAGDEBURG
Germany
Address
Universitätsplatz 2
39016 Magdeburg
TREND GESELLSCHAFT FUER MARKETING MBH
Germany
Address
Platanenstrasse 12
17033 Neubrandenburg
UNISOFT BULGARIA SA
Bulgaria
Address
Rakovski Street 101
1000 Sofia