EFIS was a core partner in the Horizon 2020 project ONLINE Platform for Smart Specialisation Policy Advice (Online S3). The project developed an e-policy platform augmented with a toolbox of applications and online services to assist national and regional authorities in the EU in elaborating or revising their smart specialisation agenda, in terms of policies and strategy. The Online S3 Platform (OS3P) we designed and developed supports and facilitates RIS3 through a co-design approach. It is a web environment that empowers organisations, stakeholders and users, to go through the stages of strategic planning, elaborate an informed strategy, and monitor implementation and impact. Deploying a connected intelligence approach, OS3P uses smart assistants and roadmaps to standardise and automate the tasks of strategy formulation; give access to databases guiding the strategy by evidence and datasets; and enables participatory design with users and organisations. With all these dimensions OS3P creates a community of actants (people, organisations, applications) for connected intelligence and higher effectiveness.
The architecture of OS3P is based on strategic planning methods. We worked closely with the JRC and the Smart Specialisation Platform hosted by the European Commission, and we developed a set of 28 methods and equivalent software applications to be used in the six stages of smart specialisation strategy design as well as 4 roadmaps guiding the sequence and linkages among the methods and their supporting applications. These applications have been and are used by regional and local authorities across many EU countries, registered regions come from Austria, Belgium, Czech Republic, Finland, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Spain, United Kingdom, France, Germany, Portugal,Poland, Slovakia, and from Switzerland
The work was done by a consortium composed of three universities (Aalto University, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Edinburgh Napier University); four technology-led companies, (Innova Integra, Intelspace Innovation Technologies, Research and Innovation Management, and Research, Technology Development and Innovation); a not-for-profit policy research lab (European Future Innovation System Centre); three business related organisations (Edinburgh Centre for Carbon Innovation, Economic Institute of Maribor, Slovak Business Agency); and three regional authorities (Central Macedonia, Galicia, Northern Netherlands).
More information can be found at: www.onlines3.eu