Open Data, Open Science & Open Innovation for Smart Specialisation monitoring: Lessons from the project “S3 Targeted Support in Lagging Regions”

Publication article | | Elisabetta Marinelli, Enric Fuster Martí, Sabine Plaud, Arnau Quinquilla, Francesco Massucci

This document reports the key outcomes of the Study on the use of open data, open science & innovation (ODSI) for S3. The study was commissioned by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) to SIRIS Academic and implemented, in a collaborative fashion, from May to December 2019.


This report has been produced as part of the “Lagging Regions” project of the European Commission's Joint Research Centre. Implementing a Preparatory action of the European Parliament in close cooperation with the Commission’s Directorate General for Regional and Urban Policy, Lagging Regions aims to support selected slow growth and low-income territories in nine EU Member States in the implementation of their smart specialisation strategies.

In addition to the provision of targeted support to each of these partner territories, Lagging Regions brings them together to share experiences and to develop cross-regional, horizontal perspectives on the key challenges they and many other regions across Europe are facing. These include: Governance, Monitoring and Evaluation; Managing industrial transitions and Transregional and transnational collaboration.

Monitoring and evaluation are important concerns for regions involved in RIS3. Under the Lagging Regions project, horizontal working group activities led to the production of a Massive Open Online course on monitoring. This work also led to the identification of the key next steps in furthering regions’ capacities to monitor and evaluate the outcomes of their RIS3 efforts.This report presents the outcomes of one such next step.

The Lagging Regions project has previously highlighted the need for better tools and opportunities to compare policy processes, outputs and outcomes across different dimensions and geographies. These issues pointed directly to the role open data, open (government data), open science and open innovation in S3 monitoring, an area so far unexplored.

Following a combination of participatory processes, fieldwork, desk research and expert consultation, the working group activities described in this document, have provided great learning opportunities to the participants. This report is an attempt to share such lessons with the wider stakeholder community.

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