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Information Society Policies for Sustainable European Economic Development (I-SPEED)
Start date: Dec 31, 2009, End date: Dec 30, 2012 PROJECT  FINISHED 

The main issues tackled by I-SPEED are the lack of awareness among policy makers about the Information Society potential to improve public services and foster growth (towards Lisbon Agenda goals) and the loss of competitiveness of European Tourism EconomyI-SPEED aims therefore at improving the effectiveness of local/regional Policies related to Information Society and Economic Development. This objective will be reached through a wide exchange of experiences at policy level addressed at identifying, analysing and transferring good practices on the efficient use of ICT-based services to foster competitiveness and sustainability of Tourism Economy The main expected results are:- Increased policy makers awareness on Information Society Policies related to Sustainable Tourism Economy- Improved regional/local policies for the developing of ICT-based public services to increase the productivity and competitiveness of businesses and entrepreneursIncreased capacity of local/regional administrations across Europe to roll out ICT services, overcome obstacles, ensure that European Regions exploit the possibilities offered by the Information Society - Increased and widespread know-how of partners regarding ICT-based solutions for Tourism Economy - Improved cooperation and dialogue between public sector and private actors in the frame of the Tourism EconomyThe effective involvement of policy makers in the project will be guaranteed by the setting up of the Political Steering Group, composed by at least one politician per partner. The PSG will provide strategic guidance and quality control of outputs and results in order to improve effectiveness, quality and compliance of project activities with policies and ensure the impact of the interregional exchange of experiences on the local/regional policies of the ConsortiumThe main strategic outputs of the project -the Good practices Guide, the Transferability Report and the Policy Recommendations Report- will be made available to any interested local/regional authorities through the project website and targeted dissemination activities also after the project closure in order to promote transferability of results to organisations outside the partnership.The project consortium is composed exclusively by regional and local authorities directly in charge of the definition of the policies addressed by the projectThe partners have been brought together on the basis of experiences and interest in the Information Society potential to promote competitive and sustainable Tourism Economy. The consortium is formed of partners covering a wide EU area matching less experienced local authorities with more advanced regions/cities; moreover different contexts have been chosen in order to study solutions that can be transferable in the widest range of countries Achievements: The ISPEED project focuses on the development of ICT as key to improve the European Tourism Economy competitiveness and sustainability. The project kicked off in Venice on 18 Feb '10 when the PSG (Political Steering Group), which provides strategic guidance and the Steering Group (SG) in charge of the strategic decisionmaking were established. Each partner produced a SWOT analysis. SWOT results were presented during the 1st workshop Exchange of experiences held in Hamar on 26 May '10. In this occasion, the SG appointed the internal evaluator and the working group in charge of collecting best practices and benchmarking and 4 categories were identified to structured the Good Practices (GP) Guide: Promotion; Travel planning; Destination monitoring; Enhancing the quality of the destination. 1st draft of the GP Guide was discussed during the 2nd wsp in Heraklion on 21 Sept '10.The 1st PSG meeting was held in Powys on 9 Feb 2011 to analyse and validate project results. The politicians round table focussed on the ICT Policies planned/implemented to boost Tourism Economy and future scenarios.The interactive session was meant to assess politicians evaluation of project priorities. The PSG was broadly in line with the work carried out and, even if partner cities and regions conditions are different, the interactive session emphasized that they share the same goals and ideas. The 3rd wsp GP analyses was organised by Rome (Bracciano) in May '11. It aimed at discussing the 2nd draft of the Guide and at preparing the practices transfer among partners. Each partner filled in 2 transferability templates about the good practices they'd like to import: the 13 selected practices were discussed and analysed through presentations and group discussions.P1, P2, P3 P10 met in Rome in Oct '11 to discuss the latest version of the GP Guide and to plan the PSG meeting to be held in 2012. The internal evaluator carried out two surveys to investigate partners and politicians level of satisfaction.The surveys results were very good and were presented and analysed within the MidTerm Evaluation Report. The 2nd PSG was held in Warsaw on Jan 17-18 2012; politicians discussed about I-SPEED impact and about the policy recommendations. 3 external politicians from Italy (Turin), Poland (Krakow) and Sweden (West Sweden Region) attended the meeting. A multimedia Chopin path site visit was organized. On 24-25 2012 in Nantes the last project workshop took place: partners evaluated and analysed project results in order to prepare the contents of the key deliverables addressed to disseminate and transfer good practices. Site visits where organized in the innovation and creative district. In June was published the last version of the good practice guide, while the transfer process has been proceeding in Powys,Warsaw and Galicia. Regarding dissemination, the project website is on line from April '10 and it has about 1600 visits per month. The social media contacts are ca 450 (mostly on Facebook/Twitter) 1 eTourism Spanish blog posted an ISPEED review. In Oct '10 ISPEED was published on the 5 newsletters were created and distributed; some were translated in Bulgarian/Greek. 2 leaflets were created by P2 and 3000 copies sent to the partners. 18 local dissemination events have been organized (notably 1 interregional event with +100 attendees has been organized in Heraklion in April 12); ISPEED was presented in 44 meetings and events. 33 media appearances have been collected, including an interview on a relevant Italian magazine (eGov) and an article on Welsh magazine Red Kite (40.000 copies). In terms of EU networks cooperation ISPEED has been constantly updating Eurocities, Necstour, and the EUInstitute of Cultural Routes. LP participated in DANTE kick off meeting (Turin, Feb 2012).
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