Regional development of the Information Society

An effective transition to an Information Society (IS), needs a strategy, a clear set of objectives and information on progress towards reaching these objectives. A strategic framework can then be evolved, detailing how the outstanding objectives can be reached, and a series of action plans prepared showing how the strategy will be put into effect. This, broadly, is the approach that the Regional Information Society Initiative (RISI) has been developing.

It is also the background to ERIS@, a European umbrella association for 32 regions in Europe. Some of ERIS@'s challenges are to:

  • Disseminate knowledge on how to address strategically at a regional level the renovation of traditional industrial clusters with IS investments.
  • Offer a one-stop-shop for commercial applications, and promote the concepts which were successful in mainstreaming the IS in the Single Programming Documents and the Operational Programmes at regional level.
  • Show that the RISI process and ERIS@ members act as a model for other European regions which have not yet developed IS strategy and action plans. The benefits of social awareness and economic development and revival are applicable within the regions themselves and as an added value on an inter-regional basis.

Visitors to the ERIS@ stand receive an in-depth demonstration of the need to link research and development projects to regional development policies. A series of good-practice examples shows both concrete project content and the political dimension of the RISI initiative. The importance and value of inter-regional co-operation is emphasised. This pan-European dimension is crucial to many of the successful projects being launched by the regions.

Contact Karsten SEIDEL, Erisa a.i.s.b.l.
tel +32 2 230 03 25
fax +32 2 230 03 21
email karsten.seidel@erisa.be
website www.erisa.be

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