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NEWS | WiFi4EU – Access to internet for municipalities

In the fourth and latest call of WiFi4EU, over 900 municipalities were awarded vouchers of €15 000, to support the installation of Wi-Fi equipment in public spaces. Browse through the list of awarded municipalities. The WiFi4EU initiative promotes free access to Wi-Fi connectivity for citizens in public spaces including [...]

2020-08-06T14:20:33+02:00August 11th, 2020|

NEWS | Digital Economy and Society Index 2020 – rural perspectives

In June 2020, the European Commission published its latest report on the Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) that monitors Europe’s digital performance and tracks the progress of EU countries in digital competitiveness for economy and society. The index provides data on the state of digitisation of each [...]

2020-08-06T12:59:55+02:00August 6th, 2020|

NEWS | Blockchain and wood traceability

The Wood-chain project, funded by PEFC International, will test and stimulate the application of blockchain technology as an innovative IT solution for forestry and wood applications, strengthening traceability and PEFC certification. Blockchain technology may allow a transparent and complete tracking of wood and timber products, fully compatible with [...]

2020-08-06T12:57:57+02:00August 2nd, 2020|

NEWS | Digitalisation as part of rural areas’ future

In two recent documents published by the Horizon 2020 project SHERPA, digitalisation is highlighted as a potential key factor to boost the development of rural areas. SHERPA is supporting  20 Multi-Actor Platforms (MAPs) in the development of a ‘Long-term vision for rural areas’ based on sound research evidence. [...]

2020-07-28T16:18:43+02:00July 28th, 2020|

ARTICLE | Digitalisation and Agritourism in Garfagnana, Italy

In a focus group meeting organised by the University of Pisa within the Summer School of the International Master of Science in Rural Development, Laura Martinelli and Franca Bernardi talked about their experience with digitalisation and COVID-19 in their agritourism farms located in Garfagnana (Tuscany, Italy).

2020-07-24T18:05:45+02:00July 24th, 2020|

NEWS | Setting the ground for the DESIRA Scenario Planning

Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, DESIRA partners had to divide the General Assembly into several online meetings. On 23 July 2020, the Scenario Planning Training concluded this series of events. The meeting introduced Living Labs Coordinators to the concept of Scenario Planning. A preliminary report has been produced, [...]

2020-07-24T09:36:09+02:00July 24th, 2020|

NEWS | Living Labs to assess digitalisation impacts

A second training organised by DESIRA Work Package 2 leaders on 8 July 2020, focused on providing Living Labs with the necessary tools that will help them assess the impacts of digitalisation in their specific areas. Through online surveys and participatory assessments, Living Labs will be able to [...]

2020-07-16T09:39:26+02:00July 16th, 2020|

NEWS | Setting up the work for the upcoming months

As part of the project coordination efforts, the Steering Committee met online today, 3 July 2020, to revise the work carried out since the last meeting, as well as to plan the activities for the upcoming months. Work Package leaders presented the main progress of this short period [...]

2020-07-03T17:07:42+02:00July 3rd, 2020|

NEWS | Rural digitalisation: a policy response priority to COVID-19

The Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has recently published a policy note on the implications of coronavirus crisis for rural development. The document outlines digitalisation as one of the responses adopted in many member countries to help rural communities and businesses cope and adapt to this [...]

2020-07-01T16:33:29+02:00July 1st, 2020|