The project aims to improve the capacity of society and political bodies to respond to the challenges that digitisation generates in rural areas, agriculture and forestry looking at the next 10 years. In particular, the Consortium will work in an integrated manner to achieve the following project objectives:

  • to fill the socio-economic knowledge gaps on digitisation in agriculture, rural areas and forestry;
  • to assess the past and current socio-economic impact of digitisation in relation to Sustainable Development Goals;
  • to improve the capacity of rural communities to reflect on future risks and opportunities related to digitisation;
  • to improve the capacity of rural communities to reap the opportunities offered by digitisation and to improve resilience to related associated risks;
  • to promote online interaction and learning – complementary to face-to-face interaction – among a wide range of stakeholders;
  • to increase the uptake of societal concerns in ICT-related policy and innovation, and to align digitisation scenarios with societal needs and expectations.
Workpackages and tasks

Objectives

  • to develop an interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary Conceptual and Analytical Framework;
  • to develop a Taxonomy and Inventory of Digital Game Changers.

Tasks
Task 1.1 Conceptual and analytical framework
Task 1.2 Taxonomy and Inventory of Digital Game Changers

Deliverables
D1.1 Conceptual and Analytical Framework (CAF) Report I version
D1.2 Conceptual and Analytical Framework, II version
D1.3 Synthesis report on the Taxonomy and Inventory of Digital Game Changers
D1.4 Practice Abstracts (first set of Practice Abstracts)

Objectives

  • to develop an inclusive approach to data collection and assessment of digitalization impacts;
  • to select and validate a set of Socio-Economic Sustainability Indicators as well as a digitisation index for a comprehensive monitoring system at different levels;
  • to measure costs, benefits, trade-offs and gaps between users’ and societal needs and expectations.

Tasks
Task 2.1 Guidelines to Socio-Economic assessment
Task 2.2 Pan-European digitisation assessment
Task 2.3 Socio-economic Sustainability Indicators
Task 2.4 Needs, Expectations and Impact appraisal
Task 2.5 First Rural Digitisation Workshop

Deliverables
D2.1 Pan-European Assessment Report (PEA) (UGent)
D2.2 Needs, Expectations and Impact (NEI) synthesis report (UNIPI)
D2.3 Socio-Economic Sustainability Indicators (SESI) report (KIT-ITAS)
D2.4 Practice Abstracts (second set of Practice Abstracts) (UNIPI)

Objectives

  • to produce a set of 80 scenarios as Digital Stories, categorized across groups of focal questions;
  • to demonstrate the potential impact of digital game changers across sectoral, regional and European contexts, through comparison of the scenarios;
  • to elaborate Use Cases that apply ICT-based solutions to emergent agricultural, forestry and rural problems identified in the scenario workshops;
  • to develop two showcase technologies that apply RRI.

Tasks
Task 3.1 Guidelines for Living Labs scenario workshops and for Use Cases and training
Task 3.2 Living Lab Scenario workshops
Task 3.3 Second Rural Digitisation Forum workshop
Task 3.4 Comparative Scenario report
Task 3.5 Use cases development
Task 3.6 Showcase technologies

Deliverables
D3.1 Comparative Scenario Report report (Hutton)
D3.2 Policy briefs (FIBL)
D3.3 Use Case report (CNR)
D3.4 Showcase Technology report (ATHENA)
D3.5 Use Case and Showcase technology Practice Abstracts (ATHENA)
D3.6 Digital stories (Hutton)

Objectives

  • to identify and assess the existing policy frameworks and instruments at national and EU levels with influence in the digitisation of rural areas;
  • to assess the coherence of these frameworks and instruments with the socio-economic impacts in rural areas identified by WP2;
  • to highlight the existing policy gaps in coherence with the results of WP1, WP2 and WP3;
  • to develop an Ethical Code that will help research and innovators to anticipate the risks of digitisation and will give policy makers a criterion for assessment of innovation;
  • to develop a Policy Roadmap integrating RRI and SDG approaches.

Tasks
Task 4.1 Guidelines to national policy analysis, including policy auditions, template for reporting
Task 4.2 National policy reports
Task 4.3 Synthesis
Task 4.4 Ethical code
Task 4.5 Third Rural Digitisation Forum workshop
Task 4.6 Report on policy analysis and roadmap

Deliverables
D4.1 Report on Policy Analysis and Roadmap (PAR) (UCO).
D4.2 Ethical code (EC) (EV ILVO)

Objectives

  • to implement a Virtual Research Environment that allow advanced interaction within the DESIRA consortium and
    with outer circles of stakeholders;
  • to create a knowledge base for access of users to information on ICT tools applied to agriculture, forestry and rural areas;
  • to develop an open-access Socio-Economic Assessment tool.

Tasks
Task 5.1 Knowledge Infrastructure: the DESIRA Virtual Research Environment
Task 5.2 Integration of Services and Tools, and Use Reporting
Task 5.3 Digital Game Changers Knowledge Base Tools Implementation
Task 5.4 Socio Economic Impact Assessment Tool Implementation
Task 4.5 Third Rural Digitisation Forum workshop
Task 4.6 Report on policy analysis and roadmap

Deliverables
D5.1 Virtual Research Environment (VRE) Specifications Report (CNR)
D5.2 Virtual Research Environment Operation Report years 1-2 (CNR)
D5.3 Virtual Research Environment Operation Report years 3-4 (CNR)
D5.4 Knowledge Infrastructure Technology Report (ATHENA)

Objectives

  • to develop and implement a Exploitation, Dissemination, Communication and Outreach strategy;
  • to organize, support and coordinate all partners in their Exploitation, Dissemination, Communication and Outreach
    Activities;
  • to manage the workplan of the Rural Digitisation Forum.

Tasks
Task 6.1 Exploitation, Dissemination, Communication and Outreach strategy
Task 6.2 Website design and update
Task 6.3 Support to Exploitation, Dissemination, Communication and Outreach
Task 6.4 Implementation of the strategy
Task 6.5 Setting up and coordination of the Rural Digitisation Forum (RDF)

Deliverables
D6.1 Exploitation, Dissemination, Communication and Outreach strategy (AEIDL)
D6.2 Activity report year 1-2 (AEIDL)
D6.3 Activity report year 3-4 (AEIDL)
D6.4 Training kit (AEIDL)
D6.5 Design and implementation of the RDF report (AEIDL)
D6.6 Proceedings of the final conference (AEIDL)

Objectives

  • to guarantee efficient achievement of project objectives and to adapt implementation to the changing context;
  • to ensure an efficient administrative management, and financial monitoring and reporting;
  • to ensure compliance with research ethics and data management standards;
  • to promote a proactive approach towards the gender dimension as a cross-cutting issue.

Tasks
Task 7.1 Financial coordination and administration
Task 7.2 Scientific coordination
Task 7.3 Ethics, data management and risk assessment

Deliverables
D 7.1 Kick-off meeting minutes (Hutton)
D 7.2 Data Management Plan and updates (UNIPI)
D 7.3 Ethical guidelines (UNIPI)