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COMPACT: FROM RESEARCH TO POLICY THROUGH RAISING AWARENESS OF THE STATE OF THE ART ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND CONVERGENCE

Periodic Reporting for period 2 - COMPACT (COMPACT: FROM RESEARCH TO POLICY THROUGH RAISING AWARENESS OF THE STATE OF THE ART ON SOCIAL MEDIA AND CONVERGENCE)

Reporting period: 2018-10-01 to 2020-12-31

The COMPACT project aims to increase awareness of the latest technological discoveries among key stakeholders in the context of social media and convergence. Specific objectives to achieve this goal include:

1.1 To represent a holistic approach in the compilation, dissemination and recommendations for the research on the latest technological and policy developments in convergence of social media, but also in the development trends among the policy stakeholders. The project will make all the stakeholders aware of current and future policy and regulatory frameworks by taking into account the emergent nature of symbiosis and interactions among social media and content, but also of the research processes and policing efforts that are triggered by those properties.

1.2 To collect, compare and analyse information about various strategies and roadmaps from a technological and social perspective. This should provide indirect support for R&D programmes through the dissemination of results and organization of scientific and/or policy events.

1.3 To provide information, analysis and development of research agendas and roadmaps, pre-standardization initiatives and stakeholders´ coordination within convergence and social media by summarizing, comparing and classifying the most important current research initiatives and plans to delineate the existing frameworks and to make conclusions and recommendations for improvement.

Overall objective and all of the foreseen specific objectives were reached and exceeded by the project’s organizational construct. The holistic approach was a guiding principle in implementation of all activities thus resulting in reflection of holistic approach in all out outputs, outcomes and overall impact of the project. The specific objective 1.1 (holistic approach in compilation dissemination and recommendations) was reflected in exceeding results in all five working packages, and more specifically in deliverables D1.1 State of the art research on Convergence and Social Media, D1.2 Future Research on Convergence and Social Media, D1.3 A compendium on R&D programmes/ activities, D1.4 Report on Media Regulators & convergence, D2.1 Report on current policy and regulatory frameworks in media and content convergence, D2.2 Report on national courts, social media and convergence, D2.3 Report and recommendations about future policy and regulatory frameworks, D3.1 Categories of pre-standardisation initiatives, D3.2 Social Media Convergence in the European (pre)standardization policy impact assessment and stakeholders’ coordination. D3.3 Report on Socio-Economic and Political Impact on Legacy Media and Social Media Convergence. In order to efficiently and effectively meet specific objective 1.2 in addition to envisaged structured collection of information about various strategies and roadmaps from ta technological and social perspective, in each of working packages and each of deliverables sophisticated academic and policy research methods were deployed. This approach provided for us that in addition to making information organised and available we delivered academic contextualisation of the information which will have a significant impact on the sustainability of the results reached by compact. Each of our deliverables in each of working packages reflects on ‘holy trilogy’: academic, industries and policy contextualisation consequently making it directly impactful to societies we covered by our comprehensive approach.
To sum up, our deliverables started as authentic academic research developed through state-of-the-art compendium reports and ended with cutting edge research in deliverables D3.2 and D3.3. Impact of this project will be visible across the European societies, industries and policies in years to come.
The work performed in the project included a compilation of extensive reports relating to current and future research, technology trends in media convergence and social media as well as relevant reports on policy, regulatory frameworks followed by observations and recommendations for future policy. Those reports were complemented with short corresponding materials and disseminated to symposia participants as well as to the broad range of stakeholders via our newsletter, website and social media accounts.
The generated reports included:
WP1
D1.1-State of the art research on convergence and social media
D1.2 Future Research on Convergence and Social Media
D1.3 Compendium on Research Agendas and Roadmaps
D1.4 Report on Media Regulators & Convergence
WP2
D2.1 Report on current policy and regulatory frameworks in media and content convergence
D2.2 Report on national courts, social media and convergence
D2.3 Report and recommendations about future policy and regulatory frameworks
WP3
D3.1 Categories of pre-standardisation initiatives
D3.2 Social Media Convergence in the European (pre)standardization policy impact assessment and stakeholders’ coordination
D3.3 Report on Socio-Economic and Political Impact on Legacy Media and Social Media Convergence.

Those reports and related materials were disseminated to stakeholders and validated with participants of the following symposia:
WP4
D4.1 Sofia Symposium
D4.2 Online International Symposium on 5G: “5W on 5G”
D4.3 Copenhagen Seminar
D4.4 Riga Seminar
D4.5 Bratislava Seminar
D4.6 Ljubjana Symposium
D4.7 Munich Seminar /Budapest symposium
D4.8 Barcelona Seminar
D4.9 Brussels Symposium
D4.10 Symposia Summary
D4.11 Kyiv Symposium
D4.12 Immersive Technologies
D4.13 Emergent TV & Video Content Production Symposium
D4.14 The Broken Internet Symposium
All the assets were disseminated via our OCC platform that was also a central point for all other dissemination channels:
WP5
D5.11 Online Convergence Centre (OCC) v2
D5.12 Online Convergence Centre (OCC) v3
Additional stakeholder awareness campaigns and dissemination efforts have been communicated in our final Brief deliverable:
D5.13 Brief v3
We believe that the work and reports generated during the project are going to have a major impact on the media convergence domain. Specifically, the content included in deliverables D1.1 D1.2 D1.3 D1.4 D2.1 D2.2 D2.3 D3.1 D3.2 and D.3.3 generated in WP1-WP3 followed by WP4 events reports provide a unique perspective on media convergence and social media. The reports released in the final stage of the project have been enriched with analysis derived from the latest 2020 data, and to our knowledge, the perspectives included have not been presented to date. We have been working in a close loop with the stakeholders, and our results were discussed with major stakeholder groups through our online symposia. Specifically, 10 offline symposia organised before the pandemic and 4 major online symposia were delivered. In addition, the COMPACT team participated in international events with presentations of partial results and other findings (Czech Republic, Hungary, Germany, etc), 10 international webinars organised by experts and for experts (e.g. CERRE, ERGA).
The follow-up interest and specific, practical sustainability developments guarantee a long-lasting impact of the COMPACT project way beyond the duration of the project. Our strategic partnerships with stakeholders including Escape Studios, GreenCave Studios, Cyberstellar and NewsBeez, could be assessed as a role model for cross-sector cooperation in assuring the sustainability of results of academic projects.
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