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SOCRATIC Report Summary

Project ID: 688228
Funded under: H2020-EU.2.1.1.

Periodic Reporting for period 1 - SOCRATIC (SOcial CReATive IntelligenCe Platform for achieving Global Sustainability Goals)

Reporting period: 2016-01-01 to 2016-12-31

Summary of the context and overall objectives of the project

SOCRATIC will be delivering two key elements for improving social innovation processes. On the one hand, the project’s main objective is to deliver a full featured and tested Collaborative Innovation Supporting Platform, enabling citizens or organizations to collaboratively identify specific innovative solutions for achieving the desired Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) as defined by United Nations. On the other hand, we will be delivering an Agile Innovation Methodology that proposes a complete Agile Innovation Life-Cycle, providing guidelines about how to perform each stage from Ideation to Implementation, including Exploitation and its Follow-Up.

The starting point for this project is based on the outcomes of two former FP7 projects. SOCRATIC proposes the adaptation of the ExtremeFactories Methodology and Platform, as well as K-NET’s set of knowledge services for semantic search and team composition to the context of Social Innovation. These elements will be validated and assessed in two pilot organizations, both entities working in different fields.

Work performed from the beginning of the project to the end of the period covered by the report and main results achieved so far

In this first half of the project development, part of seven different Work Packages have been carried out, with some of their respective deliverables. By the work and knowledge built in the first 12 months period a strong basis has been established for the next steps to follow in order to conclude this SOCRATIC project.
SOCRATIC intends to facilitate the achievement of the Sustainable Development Goals by reaching the following:

● Creation of a common understanding of the social innovation concepts and the advances related to digital platforms that support social innovation
● Validation of the SOCRATIC concept
● Generation of different kind of data sets, metadata and related information along with the validation and assessment stages of this project.
● Provision of a broad spectrum of collected data
● Definition of the first steps of the SOCRATIC innovation process: Preparation, Prompts and Ideation.
● Development, definition and validation of a digital platform as well as the stimulation of the social participation on it by an active communication strategy
● Generation of a new social methodology and disseminate it
● Ensuring security and privacy of information and data collected

Progress beyond the state of the art and expected potential impact (including the socio-economic impact and the wider societal implications of the project so far)

During the first half of the project, SOCRATIC had the following key objectives:

● To deeply analyse the state-of-the-art of innovation methodologies, especially those related to social innovation, Social Collaboration Systems and Knowledge creation and management, and the innovation scenarios of the pilot organizations where the project results will be implemented and tested.
● Based on that, to describe the user requirements and define the system concept
● To develop the practical methodology workbook for those agents involved in Social Innovation and which are going to implement/participate in the platform; to design the landing page of the platform, including the Global Sustainability Challenges Observatory; and to design the intelligent services of the platform, including those services providing support to the whole Social Innovation Life-Cycle and the Social Media Monitoring Services
● To produce an early prototype for early testing and inputs for further refinements; to implement the system components; as well as to test the validity of the approach using the early prototype; and to fully integrate all the elements in the refined SOCRATIC Platform.
● To validate the platform and methodology; and to assess the results from the perspective of the end-users.
● To lead a Europe-wide dissemination activity to maximise the impact of the results from SOCRATIC project; to lead an exploitation strategy to facilitate the successful exploitation and take-up of SOCRATIC results; to lead a strategy for standardisation of SOCRATIC project results; and monitoring market trends, opportunities, industrial and manufacturing needs, etc.
● To plan and coordinate the project, monitoring the project and reporting on it to the European Commission. And to manage financial aspects, including European contribution.
● To ensure compliance with the 'ethics requirements' set out in the work package dedicated to it.

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