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Roadmapping in DigiTeRRI

Styria

Action 1. Blackout precautions

Blackout precautions

The threat of a “blackout” of the energy supply and the associated consequences for communities, the economy and the population seem to be a central issue for the future. In addition to the digital basic supply, this also applies to the decentralized energy supply (to secure basic needs). While larger cities, companies and infrastructure providers are already well prepared here, further support for smaller communities and businesses is required, as well as, of course, comprehensive information for the population. Building on existing knowledge, a broad awareness and information campaign are implemented in order to provide information as extensively and widely as possible. The aim is to increase resilience against blackouts and to have a stable and robust environment for digitalisation.

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Action 2. Females fit for digitalisation

Females fit for digitalisation

Gender equality was seen as an important issue regarding new job profiles. To achieve a comprehensive guideline for gender equality, recommendations were developed in the workshops: (a) Exchange with DigiTeRRI partners on their findings on gender equality or gender mainstreaming – best practices; (b) Identification and analysis of special offers in the territory of Styria with respect to transition to digitalisation (initiatives, training, gender equality plan); (c) Highlighting the gaps – what is needed, giving advice to companies and public authorities; (d) Deriving recommendations.

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Action 3. Fit4MINT

Fit4MINT

Educational goals in the STEM area are clearly defined and communicated between the educational levels and institutions involved. Specifically, attention is paid to the transition phase between AHS and the technical university. For this purpose, a networking conference with representatives from both areas was organised. The university’s expectations regarding the educational level of first-year students in the STEM area (specifically regarding the subjects mathematics, physics, chemistry, and computer science) are to be communicated and compared with the actual current conditions of the upper secondary school. The aim is to jointly identify possible measures to improve the transition between AHS and the university.

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Action 4. Exchange of Student Unions

Exchange of Student Unions

To support the cross-regional networking from the student’s side, ideas on studies, student cooperation using digital means and perspectives were shared among the students taking part in the project. In this way, students can work on strategies on how to publish the results of the roadmap to the other students and how to arise interest in events.

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Action 5. Digi@Lab

Digi@Lab

To support digital competencies from kindergarten and primary school age onwards, a teaching-learning laboratory operates as a collaboration between Montanuniversitaet Leoben and the Private University College of Teacher Education Augustinum. The action, (1) develops a workshop on the topic of robotics/coding for the age group of 5 to 11-year-olds, and (2) extends the existing workshops (topics “raw materials/salts”, “plastics”, “metals (incl. magnetism)”) by experiment stations with digital tools. Playful teaching of digital skills to pupils as well as to teachers in vocational training and education. Additional partners are brought on board for the projects, e.g., HTL Leoben and other educational institutions, and companies. Dissemination is planned in cooperation with the Directorate of Education.

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Action 6. Awareness of the Styrian Roadmap

Awareness of the Styrian Roadmap

The Styrian roadmap grounds on pillars of the various stakeholders gathered in roadmapping workshops. The developed framework on roadmap domains was applied to the Styrian roadmap. The outcomes of the roadmap workshops revealed that goals and measures for all defined roadmap domains were found. The result follows the ideas of the RRI approach because for territorial change of the Styrian ecosystem democratic decision-making was engaged. The comprehensive view of various stakeholder groups led to anticipative, responsible, diverse and reflective actions for the transition to a digital territory. The results were documented in a roadmap which was distributed to about 500 regional stakeholders.

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Action 7. Concept development “Styria Universal platform”

Concept development “Styria Universal platform”

The platform aspires to become the ultimate interface of all areas of life. It connects individual needs in terms of their social and cultural functions within society. It supports and guides through all areas of life from childcare across all educational paths. Regional entrepreneurs find employees to match them or motivate people to train in specific niches before bottlenecks arise. A platform that respects the ethical aspects of our society in the region and provides us with the information we need via depersonalized data in real-time. It warns us of floods or avalanches and helps us to fulfil our duties as citizens and guides us through official regulations. A trusted platform for the whole region.

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Action 8. Training on digital marketing in social media

Training on digital marketing in social media

Seminar with stakeholders from the Upper Styria region who are reluctant to digitize, despite all the signs on the market. How long can someone stay in such a market segment or will hybrid market strategies prevail? What are the dangers and opportunities of hybrid or purely web-based sales platforms? What scenarios are emerging in the digital market in the next 5 to 10 years? Trading at the bottom of reality in a digital world.

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Action 9. Incubator exchange for fostering entrepreneurship in digitalisation

Incubator exchange for fostering entrepreneurship in digitalisation

Develop digital awareness programs and encourage potential founders of their own start-up in a digital environment. Network interface between entrepreneurs with compatible interests and promote or support international market expansion efforts. Promoting digital processes in business management and technical cooperation between companies or expanding digital opportunities to ensure the economic strength of the regions. The cross-regional incubator network supports the development of the digital transformation of the regions through their collaboration and elaboration of risks and opportunities for young companies regarding sustainable growth strategies.

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Action 10. Cross Regional Event – B2B Networking event on industry and digitalisation

Cross Regional Event – B2B Networking event on industry and digitalisation

Stakeholders from Värmland, Styria, and Grand Est were invited to a one-day online event. Before the event, the participants can give information about themselves and their interests on the event homepage. In Styria, we had lectures about the digital transformation of small businesses, and support through digitalisation for businesses. The program included the introduction of the DigiTeRRI project, the territories, company partners and the research organisations. For the digital event, a registration platform was set up, on which participating organisations could provide their profile in advance and the individual exchange meetings on digitalisation could be performed more effectively. The European Enterprise network was also engaged.

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Action 11. Plan Scan & Shop – explore the regional economy and important facilities online

Plan Scan & Shop – explore the regional economy and important facilities online

With the application of information signs including a QR code, business areas and important facilities are linked to underlying platforms, online shops, etc. This enables interested parties to obtain information, and shop online at a low threshold and outside of opening hours. Example: the city of Bruck an der Mur offers its businesses under “www.wirtschaft-bruckmur.at” a uniform platform with individual web presentations by the participating businesses. Information about the company or its online shop provided using a QR code quickly and easily increases firm/shop attractiveness.

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Action 12. Job platform for municipality co-workers

Job platform for municipality co-workers

Many communities are increasingly confronted with the problem of meeting their staffing needs – at all levels of education. In the past, the municipalities were in demand as employers because they offered secure long-term employment, but this picture has now changed. At the moment, the economy lures significantly with higher wages than the collective agreements of the municipalities allow. In addition, the attitude of the working population to the issue of “stability” has changed. A more frequent job change is valued differently now than it was a few years ago. New ways must therefore be found as to how municipalities can acquire their staff in the future and which measures can / must be taken in order to make these jobs more attractive. Ideas for these are: Common job platforms of municipalities Personal pools; Cross-community employment (e.g., a lifeguard in summer and ice master in winter; at different communities), and digital working environments.

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Grand Est

Action 1. Integration of RRI concept in the future European Digital Innovation Hub

Integration of RRI concept in the future European Digital Innovation Hub

The European Commission launched the Digital Europe Program, a funding programme focused on bringing digital technology to businesses, citizens and public administrations. A part of the call focused on the setting up of one European Digital Innovation Hub per European region. Grand Est region is a candidate, to accelerate the digitalisation of industrial SMEs the program focused on “test before investment, training, funding and networking”. The integration of RRI and especially Inclusion will be included in different training courses and schools’ “non-traditional training” (second chance schools…) proposed in the future catalogue of training of the EDIH. Considered one-stop shops for the digital transformation of industries, the eDIHs allow companies from one territory to intervene in another European region in a simplified way. The activities are fully integrated into the ambitions of the regional digital resource centre “Grand Est Transformation Numérique”.

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Action 2. Encourage young girls to digital sector

Encourage young girls to digital sector

To meet the labour needs of the region’s businesses related to digital technology, the region must attract and increase the number of trained people.
Awareness campaign in the Grand Est Region which targeted young girls in secondary schools on the subject of technological and scientific training and professional careers in the digital and industrial sectors and its opportunities through mentoring by women leaders, experts and professionals in the digital field. In order to effectively raise awareness of the importance of RRI and gender equality, the DigiTeRRI Grand Est team delivered a series of presentations and an original tool usable by all kinds of structures and citizens, during a series of events.

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Action 3. Integration of RRI in the Smart Specialisation Strategy of Region Grand Est (2021-2027)

Integration of RRI in the Smart Specialisation Strategy of Region Grand Est (2021-2027)

The European Commission asked each region to define a Smart Specialisation Strategy” that will be annexed to the operational plan (OP) 2021-2027 for ERDF use. Region Grand Est has defined 8 market priorities and 4 transversal priorities, One of those transversal priorities is entitled “responsible innovation”. The objective of the action is to use RRI as KPI to integrate them as selection criteria for projects that will be funded. – Integrate them in the follow-up and the evaluation of the performance of the projects funded by the ERDF.

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Action 4. RRI criteria for public funding

RRI criteria for public funding

Grand Est region has a strong willingness to help companies in their digital transformation and to launch disruptive projects. Companies (SMEs, Start-ups, …) can solicit different regional funding for their development.
Grand E-Nov+ is involved in the renewal and relevance of regional funds enacted by the Grand Est region
RRI is considered a relevant criterion for social impact, ethics and environmental liability. Funding “Bonus IA” is the first experimental experience launched in 2020 which integrated RRI criteria. Recent funds, such as “PRIMO IA” or “DIAG IA” managed by Grand Est Region launched in 2022 integrate some RRI criteria with a new regional strategy called “Business Act 2”.

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Action 5. AI ethical Manifesto

AI ethical Manifesto

Artificial intelligence is increasingly impacting businesses and people’s lives. This new technology raises questions about trust, transparency and ethics. This is why designers of artificial intelligence must take into account the impact on humans in their development. Hence the importance of drafting a reference document that provides a framework and best practices for ethical artificial intelligence.
A guideline document “Manifesto” had been produced for an ethical approach in support of the development of artificial intelligence algorithms (http://ai-ethical.com/131-2/) and its promotion is ongoing with some communication actions.

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Action 6. Sharing best practices on information search tools

Sharing best practices on information search tools

SMEs, civil society, universities, and research institutions, among others, need to embrace digitalisation and use technological tools. Nevertheless, the tools and methodologies to look for the right information are sometimes unknown. COVID-19 and fake news have revealed the importance of anticipation and the gathering of good strategic information. The objective is that information search tools are known by the Q-helix stakeholders so that they can adapt to digitalisation. An information meeting was held to show different research tools and feedback.

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Action 7. Company and academic mutualized training: increasing digital skills through innovative educational workshops

Company and academic mutualized training: increasing digital skills through innovative educational workshops

Training workshop about agile project management between students and company executives in the same place to interact with a specific digital problem of the companies concerned is the purpose of this training.
RRI criteria are considered in the work programme.
Organized for company executives (SME, industries), a 3 days event with short lectures and digital design activities carried out by groups mixing company executives and students, they all get the same lectures and work together. This training was promoted on Varmland territory.

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Action 8. UTTOPIA (technology transfer and technical orientation unit for prototyping and artificial intelligence) – innovation challenge

UTTOPIA (technology transfer and technical orientation unit for prototyping and artificial intelligence) – innovation challenge

An innovative third place is set up in a rural area in the Grand Est region at Forbach city with “Uttopia” by Plastinnov, a technology transfer and technical orientation unit for prototyping and artificial intelligence
The aim is to create synergies between different stakeholders such as the local incubator Eurodev Center – Interface, high schools and a University. As part of the launch of UTTOPIA, an innovation challenge was realized providing project holders (different profiles such as unemployed and refugees) with support and technical follow-up by Plastinnov Associate professors (technical profiles keen on factory 4.0 digitalisation) and Materalia team. RRI criteria were taken into account. Workshops were held with students on mechatronics. The ambition is to make knowledge accessible to everyone.

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Action 9. ICE IAMOT Conference: scientific/industrial/institutional meetings

ICE IAMOT Conference: scientific/industrial/institutional meetings

IAMOT Conference, hold in June 2022, is an international event which brings together researchers, companies and institutions. It aims to explore new ways for technology management and innovation communities to interact and come up with innovative solutions to the critical global issues of our time. Several debates were planned on different themes such as digitalization, innovation in local authorities and RRI. Papers from researchers were also scheduled, following a call for papers. This action also plays a major role in terms of communication because many media were mobilized. Moreover, the best papers will be published in international journals such as the international journal on responsible innovation. And a specific workshop was dedicated to the presentation of the approach and results from DigiTeRRI.

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Action 10. RRI awareness-raising video

RRI awareness-raising video

In order to raise awareness of the importance of RRI to a wide range of french stakeholders of the Quadruple Helix, a french video will be developed this autumn 2022. The objective is to demonstrate to different stakeholders the added value represented by RRI and how they can embrace it.

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Action 11. Est’ival des Sciences Event

Est’ival des Sciences Event

“EST’ival des Sciences consists of a tour of scientific culture events in rural areas. One of the main objectives is to reduce inequalities in access to scientific culture between urban and rural areas. The main target groups are teenagers (14+) and adults, regardless of their level of education. Scientists from public research laboratories in the region are guided by a scientific mediator to create a friendly atmosphere and make the content accessible to all. These are not conferences, the format is interactive, fun and based on exchanges between the participants and the scientists to participate in the creation of a science-society link. The special event during EST’ival des Sciences in partnership with DigiTeRRI was held in June 2022 on 3D/4D printing.”

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Action 12. Survey on RRI practices in the FabLabs of the Grand Est Region

Survey on RRI practices in the FabLabs of the Grand Est Region

A survey was conducted among the managers and users of a Fab Lab. An anthropological approach has been developed: observation, interviews, meetings and specific workshops. Data and conclusions were discussed with managers and users. A diagnosis of the integration of RRI in the functioning modes of the third place has been elaborated. A report has been established and papers in the conference or international journals are targeted.

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Värmland

Action 1. Competence wheel

Competence wheel

The business sector in Värmland needs both highly educated people in data science management. People with a high level of knowledge in mathematics and data analytics. There is also a need for Low data management capabilities and capacities among the companies. A well-proven methodology called the Competence Wheel is used to identify the competence gap as well as the future needs of the industry and the possibilities that are coming with new technology. Initial meetings with, Cluster, Academia, education providers and companies helped to identify the needs of the industry.

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Action 2. Mapping of solutions in use

Mapping of solutions in use

Using the structure of the Competence wheel we activated a core stakeholder group in a regional digitalization network with representatives from five major companies acting globally to map which solutions that are in use today. In this process, we also invited representatives from academia, vocational education, and other education providers to describe their offers.

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Action 3. Survey on the future needs

Survey on the future needs

The battery of questions in the Competence wheel was matched with insights from the mapping process to construct a web-based questionnaire. The survey maps the future needs of Data management courses and technical solutions to be able to develop offers and services that meet the needs. The questionnaire was sent out to 70 companies/organizations. The results from the survey were presented at a workshop with participants from both companies and different education providers.

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Action 4. Design offers and services

Design offers and services

With results from the questionnaire and workshop, initial work is started to design offers and services that are available between companies. Regional companies from different sectors are involved in the process.

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Action 5. Digital Data Stewardship Course

Digital Data Stewardship Course

Provide a data stewardship course for researchers, public bodies and the business sector.

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Action 6. Territorial attractiveness of Värmland

Territorial attractiveness of Värmland

Territorial attractiveness of Värmland, and that as part of the further internationalisation of Värmland based business. A hybrid conference on RRI and digitalization.

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Action 7. Digitalisation and RRI in Leadership Training

Digitalisation and RRI in Leadership Training

Provide a data leadership course for researchers, public bodies and the business sector.

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Action 8. Compilation of analytical reports and studies

Compilation of analytical reports and studies

Provide a data leadership course for researchers, public bodies and the business sector.

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Action 9. Hiring of digital coordinator

Hiring of digital coordinator

Hiring a regional digital coordinator and transferring knowledge and incorporating the expert into the DigiTeRRI work from Q4 2021.

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Action 10. Digitalisation and S3

Digitalisation and S3

Working with the regional steering groups, civil servants and politicians to ensure the horizontal theme of digitalisation is informed by the DigiTeRRI project and embedded into the relevant strategies.

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Action 11. Digitalisation and S3 – expansion to Dalarna

Digitalisation and S3

Working with the regional actors within the regional governance framework in Dalarna to design and deliver a DigiTeRRI light that will contribute to their smart specialisation strategy

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Action 12. Incubator exchange

Incubator exchange

Develop digital awareness programs and encourage potential founders of their start-ups in a digital environment. Network interface between entrepreneurs with compatible interests and promote or support international market expansion efforts. Promoting digital processes in business management and technical cooperation between companies or expanding digital opportunities to ensure the economic strength of the regions. The cross-regional Incubator network supports the development of the digital transformation of the regions through their collaboration and elaboration of risks & opportunities for young companies regarding sustainable growth strategies.

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