Since June 2005, the guiding theme of European Information Society (EISCO) conferences has been the implementation of the Digital Local Agenda (DLA), a strategic plan for good governance and the development of the information society in Europe’s municipalities, cities and regions. EISCO 2008 will assess the progress of the DLA in Europe, its contribution to innovation, governance and e-Inclusion by means of digital networks and communication instruments.
Archive for 2008
A new guidebook on regional benchmarking was produced by the IRE Secretariat, which provides an overview of the methodologies developed by eight regional innovation policy impact assessment and benchmarking projects carried out during 2005-2008. The projects on which the guidebook is based are ARISE, EMERIPA, EURO-COOP, IASMINE, IMPACTSCAN, INNOWATCH, MERIPA, and OMEN.
University of Catalonya (UOC) Papers is an interdisciplinary electronic journal produced by the UOC which looks to publish original university papers that focus on the conflux of the subject areas dealt with by universities in the knowledge society. The journal also looks to act as a platform for the publicising of new publications relating to this same area.
UOC-Papers Edition 5 focuses on the subject of the city. The starting point is the inaugural lecture for the 2007-2008 academic year, which, under the title of “Intelligent Cities”, is given by Professor Williams J. Mitchell from the MIT.
For 2008, the LEED Programme is implementing several transversal and cutting-edge studies on the themes of partnerships and local governance, entrepreneurship, foreign direct investment and local development, skills upgrading for the low-qualified, the integration of immigrants into the labour market, women entrepreneurship, integrating employment, skills and economic development, and city and regional development agencies.
Countries, regions and cities are invited to express their interest in participating in these projects, which include:
Foundation Focus (May 2008) brings some interesting data on globalisation, offshoring and job loses. Based on the European Restructuring Monitor (ERM) research on restructuring trends in Europe during 2003-06, the article argues that offshoring accounted for 10% of cases of restructuring involving job loss (356 out of 3,475 cases in 2003–6) and 8% of announced job losses.
BusinessWeek Special Report on Innovation (April 2008) includes a number of intersting stories about the state of European innovation, Europe’s top inventors, and main innovation drivers. Included is a piece on Europe’s Innovation Hot Spots. European governments are making efforts to propel innovation on the continent by creating competitive clusters—areas with businesses, research centers, and educational institutions centered around a specific sector.
The [email protected] Family of Communities is a network of specialists representing several organizations involved in collaborative innovation. The communities five key constructing pillars are self-organisation, independence, human centrism, virtual, and voluntary character,