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Devon Rural ICT Hubs



Presentation given at meeting on 19th March 2008 at Escot House, Devon

Presentation given at meeting on 19th March 2008 at Escot House, Devon



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  • Julie Harris Chief Executive, COSMIC Devon - Rural ICT Hubs
    • Everybody Online – Newlyn
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    • Age Action, Ireland
    • Key issues for rural Devon
    • Loss of local services
    • Transportation
    • Cost of services
    • Ageing population
    • Economic downturn
    • Underused venues
        • village halls, learning centres
    • Underused facilities
        • ICT, mobile units
    • Employment and Trends
    • Mismatch between labour market for ICT workers and ICT literacy
    • Workers over 60 unlikely to have received on-the-job ICT training
    • Up to 60% of 50-64 year-olds may face difficulties (physical or cognitive) in using ICT
    • Digital inclusion
    • = Social inclusion
    • = Financial inclusion
    • Over 30% of adults are considered digitally excluded – and most of them also socially and economically excluded
    • “ Marry social justice and economic agendas much more closely”
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    • “ Use technology as a means to an end – not the end itself”
    • Learning
    • Selling
    • Communicating
    • Accessing services
    • - Dorset
    • - Somerset
    • - Shropshire
    • and next … Devon – even better!
    • Village ICT Hubs –
    • health support – online and virtual surgeries (e.g. Cybermoor)
    • access to services – online, interactive – e-government for all
    • learning support – e-learning, mentoring
    • business support – online assistance, returns
    • video conferencing - communications
    • The Changing Times
    • Cultural
    • Technological
    • Demographic
    • Economic
    • In the News – last week :
    • Jo Causon from the Chartered Management Institute on its study on the future of work -
    • “ Within a decade millions of workers will be at home juggling their careers with caring for children and older relatives”
    • “ an exodus from the traditional workplace caused partly by environmental pressure to reduce the carbon footprint of commuting and partly by the demographic pressure of an ageing population”
    • “ a proliferation of "virtual" companies, often small community-based enterprises without conventional business premises”
    • Learn from other projects :
    • Don’t just throw more money at hardware purchase – plan strategically for effective use of ICT
    • Identify key people in each community to engage (Village Champions) and links within communities e.g. Parish Councils and voluntary organisations
    • Recognise and alleviate fears – security, responsibilities, management, maintenance, costs of connections
    • Provide a central support service to offer ongoing support to managers, users, volunteers
    • A vision for the future in rural Devon:
    • Any person, living anywhere in the county, with whatever level of skill has access to :
    • Local sources of support
      • access information, services and support
      • help them to develop their skills, engage them in local democracy, involve them in community regeneration,
      • enhance their business and employment activities.
    • All of these activities will revolve around the development and support of local ICT hubs or points based in our villages.
    • Links
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  • Contact Details
    • COSMIC
    • Julie Harris
    • [email_address]
    • – SW Regional ICT Champion Blog
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      • - Ambassadors Blog