Creating Cross Border E-Regions


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Creating Cross Border E-Regions - Panel at the 23rd Bled eConference, Blöed, 20.-23.6.2010

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Creating Cross Border E-Regions

  1. 1. Creating Cross-Border eRegions - Panel - - 23rd Bled eConference 22. June 2010 Hans-Dieter Zimmermann eSociety @ FHS St. Gallen This presentation is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 2.5 Switzerland License
  2. 2. Electronic Markets Focus Theme Vol 17 (4) (2007) Electronic Markets welcomes proposals for future eRegion related special issues! 2
  3. 3. eRegion defined … „As a concept, eRegion denotes Information Technology (IT)- supported initiatives that transcend traditional borders and boundaries.“ [Joze Gricar, Yao-Hua Tan, Doug Vogel, Rolf T. Wigand: 2007] 3
  4. 4. Agenda The past: The Electronic Mall Bodensee – Experiences Current developments: The ArgeAlp information society resolution The EMOTIONAAL Project – An eRegion project on AAL Conclusions 4
  5. 5. The Electronic Mall Bodensee (EMB) – Experiences Bottom Up development of an electronic marketplace … understood as an open agora … with a strong regional focus … covering parts three countries (Austria, Germany, and Switzerland) ... by regional initiatives. First electronic marketplace in Europe with a strong regional focus First Online June 1995 5
  6. 6. The Bodensee (Lake Constance) Region 6
  7. 7. EMB - the Pioneer Start of project: January 1995 Online: June 1995 Initiated by Regional politics University of St. Gallen, Switzerland Supported by Federal and local governments in Austria, Germany, and Switzerland Business Development Agencies Businesses Universities Idea of an Open Agora: Platform for businesses, citizens and households, government, non-profit organizations Supported by the EU (Interreg II) Developed in cooperation with research, politics, and industry 7
  8. 8. EMB - Impact But: Platform as such did not succeeds Reasons? Too early People Technology Different strategies, perspectives, and motivations within the different involved regions Bound to national political agendas Different speeds Different priorities Different funding options No common agenda 8
  9. 9. Information Society Initiative of the ArgeAlp ArgeAlp: Working Group of Alpine Countries (Austria, Italy, Germany, Switzerland) … represented by regions (federal states, cantons, …) Founded in 1972 Main goals: Working on cultural, social, economic, and ecological issues Facilitating exchange and cooperation between citizens within the alpine regions Strengthen the alpine regions [] 9
  10. 10. Information Society Initiative of the ArgeAlp Resolution of the Member States of the ArgeAlp adressing the Information Society and Infrastructure Policy (June 2009) [ downloads/deutsch/Protokoll09neu.PDF] /deutsch/Protokoll09neu.PDF] 10
  11. 11. Information Society Initiative of the ArgeAlp: Resolution Opportunities Information society options are not yet fully utilized in the alpine region ICT is crucial to overcome distances and topographies … enables location independence, e.g., services, education, workplaces … reduces location disadvantages … in order to attract people and businesses Risks Introduction of new technologies in alpine (rural) regions is often late or not even available Missing critical mass of demand Missing incentives for infrastructure investments Decreasing quality of ICT infrastructures, e.g., bandwidth Negative reputation of regions due to lack of modern ICT infrastructures 11
  12. 12. Information Society Initiative of the ArgeAlp: Insights People, businesses, and administration have to be aware of the opportunities Need for ICT infrastructure Need for information literacy ICT reduces location disadvantages and reduces migration ICT enables eCommerce platforms ICT enables eTourism 12
  13. 13. Information Society Initiative of the ArgeAlp: Main Recommendations Strengthen ICT awareness Support the Alpine region as an ICT location Strengthen eGovernment, eHealth, and eLearning 13
  14. 14. Information Society Initiative of the ArgeAlp: Main Measures High prioritization within politics Collecting and monitoring of ICT data Benchmarking of ICT developments Central coordination of ICT activities Information provision about … benefits of ICT- and eServices … best practices … ICT security for citizens and businesses (esp. SME) … risks of ICT Creation of awareness regarding the contribution of ICT to productivity and economic development Development of trust in ICT 14
  15. 15. Information Society Initiative of the ArgeAlp: Main Measures Development of an ICT support strategy Support of regional universities Support of regional cooperation between universities, businesses, and adminstration Support of business start-ups Development of regional competence centers to give advice about ICT utilization (e.g., eCommerce) Support of business networks (virtual organizations) in order to create critical mass Support of Teleworking eGoverment portals/ applications eParticipation and eDemocracy solutions eHealth applications eLearning Media literacy Encourage even smaller cities/ villages to deploy and further develop eGov solutions 15
  16. 16. Information Society Initiative of the ArgeAlp: Follow Up Activity [] 16
  17. 17. EMOTIONAAL – An European Project Aims of EMOTIONAAL “Realization of an integrated health and care service concepts … for the elderly population … of rural regions in Europe … with the assistance of highly innovative micro-system techniques and nanotechnology … as well as the development of the telemedicine concerning the mobile use and AAL centre of telematics.” [] 17
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  20. 20. EMOTIONAAL – An European Project An eRegion project driven by the demand of an aging society and soaring costs of the health system Not cross-border but easily (?) applicable to cross-border regions such as the Alpine region 20
  21. 21. Conclusions Regional initiatives requires broad support of main players: Government, businesses, research, … ICT as ONE means … supporting the defined strategy goals Regional initiatives need to meet a demand of societies ! 21
  22. 22. Kontakt Hans-Dieter Zimmermann FHS St. Gallen University of Applied Sciences Interdisciplinary Research Area eSociety c/o Institute for Information and Process Management IPM-FHS Teufener Strasse 2, 9000 St. Gallen, Schwitzerland Tel. +41 71 228 7650, Mobil +41 76 220 1105, @hdzimmermann @FHS_eSociety