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Survey on potential Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs)

With the Digitising European Industrial Strategy the European Commission and the DG CONNECT aim to ensure that industry in Europe can benefit...

European Regions come together to create a digital single market in active and healthy ageing

74 European regions have been recognised as Reference Sites of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing for their...

Boosting SMEs in the cultural and creative sectors: European Commission and EIF launch a new guarantee scheme

The European Commission and the European Investment Fund (EIF) today launched a EUR 121 million guarantee initiative to support SMEs in the...

IESI Call for Action for Mapping 2016 and Award

Call for Action for forward-looking policy-makers and social innovators to consolidate the Knowledge Map of ICT-Enabled Social Innovation in the...

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Mapping S3 ICT priorities Mapping S3 ICT priorities

The internet and digital technologies are transforming our world. The Europe 2020 strategy has recognised the enormous potential and enabling role of information and communication technologies (ICT) and made the Digital Agenda for Europe one of its seven flagships. Its aim is to deliver smart, sustainable and inclusive economic growth through the realisation of the digital single market and the exploitation of the potentials for innovation of fast and ultra-fast internet and interoperable services and applications.

Value chains in the digital age go beyond traditional production patterns and supply chains. Business models and processes are undergoing deep changes to make full use of the opportunities emerging from (big) data analytics and digitised processes. In its 2015 landmark report, the OECD stresses that data-driven innovation brings about "significant improvement of existing, or the development of new, products, processes, organisational methods and markets emerging from this phenomenon".

Important specialisation areas in EU regions and member states are directly or indirectly linked to ICT. To have an idea of the broad array of topics covered, here is a non-exhaustive list of popular priorities: data processing & management, (cyber)security, visualisations, sensors, privacy, cloud computing, open data, e-Government, geographical information systems, internet applications/future internet, industry 4.0, factories of the future, robotics and 3d printing.

All these areas have been selected by  regional and national authorities as key areas of local strength, market potential and smart specialisation. One in two regions and two in three member states have selected ICT as an innovation priority.

What makes ICT an interesting yet complex issue to tackle in terms of value chains is their cross-cutting nature. ICT constitute both a sector in themselves and at the same time they enable other sectors. The picture below shows how the different innovation priorities relate to one another, with ICT and key enabling technologies being the main enablers.

The aim of this initiative is to provide critical information and analysis of digital value chains that highlights possible cooperation opportunities for stakeholders across Europe. More information on our other activities on regional growth.

References
OECD (2015), Data-Driven Innovation: Big Data for Growth and Well-Being, OECD Publishing, Paris.

Loebbecke, Claudia and Arnold Picot (2015), "Reflections on Societal and Business Model Transformation Arising from Digitization and Big Data Analytics: A Research Agenda", Journal of Strategic Information Systems 24, pp. 149-157.

Gereffi, Gary (2001), "Shifting Governance Structures in Global Commodity Chains, With Special Reference to the Internet", American Behavioural Scientist 44(10), pp. 1616-1637.

European Commission (2014), Towards a Thriving Data-driven Economy, COM(2014) 442 final.

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Digital Assembly 2017 in Valletta: "Digital Europe: Investing in the Future"

The Digital Assembly 2017 will take place in Valletta, Malta. It is an event co-organised by the European Commission and the Maltese Presidency of the...

2016 EU Innovation Procurement event

It is the second major event organised by the European Assistance for Innovation Procurement (eafip) initiative, launched by the EC to mainstream, promote...

Innovation procurement workshop for public administration / e-government sector - Barcelona - 31 May 2016

Interested in training or assistance on how to apply innovation procurement in e-government / public administration? Don't miss the Barcelona workshop...

INFORMATION DAY: 11 MAY 2016, S3 Platform on Industrial Modernisation and Investment

The S3 Platform, together with DG GROW and DG REGIO, had organised its first Industrial Modernisation Information Day, on 11 May in Brussels to discuss...

Innovation procurement workshop for the environment sector - Rome - 4 May 2016

Need some training or assistance on how to use innovation procurement in the environment sector? Attend the Rome workshop organised by the European...
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Publications Publications

Enhancing Access to, and the Use and Quality of ICT

DG REGIO (Ana-Paula Laissy)
Member States that are providing investments into ICT through ESIF funds are obliged to develop a specific Strategy Policy Framework for Digital Growth if...

Mapping EU investments in ICT - description of an online tool and initial observations

Jens Sörvik and Alexander Kleibrink
This report describes how the ICT monitoring tool works, how it was developed and makes an initial analysis of planned ESIF investments in ICT using the...

Assessment of strategies for ICT investments using European Structural and Investment Funds: reflections from experts and practical examples

Katerina Ciampi Stancova, Jens Sörvik
DG Connect and DG JRC have been supporting MSs and regions in fostering the ICT dimension of planned investments under ESIF. As part of this activity,...

Fostering SMEs growth through digital transformation

This guide is addressed to national, regional and local stakeholders interested in promoting regional innovation and competitiveness through the use of...

Quality of public administration

European Commission, Directorate-General for Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion
A toolbox for practitioners : abridged version
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