Project

Pitagora
Platform for the Information Technology Aimed at Getting Opportunities to reduce ICT Gap in the Adriatic Area

Priority and Measure
Measure 3.3 – Communication Networks
Priority 3 – Accessibility and Networks
EUSAIR Pillars
Type of Project
Ordinary
Interviewee
Chiara Franceschini
Interviewee role
Project manager
Organization
SIPRO Development Agency – Ferrara
E-mail
chiara.franceschini@siproferrara.com
Telephone
+39 0532243484

Partners

Role Name City Country Contact person Email / website
Lead Partner SIPRO Agenzia Provinciale per lo Sviluppo Ferrara Italy Chiara Franceschini chiara.franceschini@siproferrara.com   www.siproferrara.com
Partner 1 Lepida Bologna Italy
Partner 2 Municipality of Udine Udine Italy
Partner 3 Province of Pescara, Dept. For Energy, Innovation, Informatics, Agriculture, Territorial Develop., Cluster, FAS Pescara Italy
Partner 4 Chamber of Commerce of Bari Bari Italy
Partner 5 Dubrovnik Neretva County Regional Development Agency Dunea L.L.C. Dubrovnik Croatia
Partner 6 San Polo Ltd.   Rovinj Croatia
Partner 7 City of Split   Split Croatia
Partner 8 Business Service Centre of Government of Zenica-Doboj Canton Zenica Bosnia and Herzegovina
Partner 9 Public Institution Budva-KSJP Budva Montenegro
Partner 10… Auleda- Local Economic Development Agency, Vlora Region Vlore Albania
Partner 11 Chamber of Commerce and Industry of Tirana (CCIT) Tirana Albania

Project Description

Description

Project description

PITAGORA project’s goal was particularly consistent with the Programme Priority and Measure objectives.  In fact it aimed to develop and augment information networks and access to them, to accelerate ICT penetration in the areas involved,  to raise awareness among SMEs and Public Authorities about the potentialities of ICT services, to create a favorable environment to foster the digitization process, to improve the IPA area’s innovation capacity favouring the exchange among PA, enterprises business, representative organisations, development agencies, to foster the transfer of experiences and know-how between areas with big disparities, develop cross-border strategies which support ICT, favour positive impacts on regional and local development and employment opportunities.
 

What has been done during the project in order to achieve its main goal(s)?

Specific objectives of PITAGORA project were: to improve the infrastructure allowing interoperability of the administration services in the IPA area; to enlarge the set of services offered by Public Administrations, improve staff’s capacities concerning ICT use, enhance SMEs efficiency and competitiveness; to establish new ICT services, increase the percentage of population with access to ICT, develop concrete actions and policies specifically thought for Adriatic Countries.

This was achieved through a wide range of actions. Starting with the exchange of some good practices, such as Plonegov, PEOPLE platforms (re-use of e-governmental solutions) and WI-FE infrastructure, PITAGORA adapted them to the partners’ frameworks thus making a transferrable model.

Moreover the cross border activities enabled the uptake of an Adriatic ICT platform, resulting from the agreed and tested services/methodologies concerning 3 strands of activities: 1) ICT/TLC infrastructures in Adriatic area; 2) Enterprises needs in terms of ICT; 3) ICT applications for Public Administrations. The key aspect was linked to the complementarity of the 3 strands, designed to be a sort of overall “”umbrella””, called PITAGORA TABLE-Toolkit, which included the elaboration of templates and a training programme for the project staff.
 

Which are the project main results/impacts?

Result /Impact 1:   THE PITAGORA TABEL TOOLKIT AS A PRACTICAL WORKING TOOL

The main result of the project was the creation of  the PITAGORA Table Toolkit, articulated in 3 strands: 1)ICT/TLC infrastructures in Adriatic area;  2) Enterprises needs in terms of ICT;  3) ICT applications for Public Administrations.  The 3 strands were  complementary and designed for a unique general aim: fostering ICT use and applications in Adriatic Regions for PA and enterprises.  .

Result/Impact 2:   BEST PRACTICES, FEASYBILITY STUDIES AND PILOT PROJECTS

The toolkit had an operational nature and was based on several good practices, 4 feasibility studies and 12 pilot projects. It included:  best policies example about ICT promotion; model of protocols for the procedures implementation and adoption in Adriatic areas; facsimile of agreements between public actors to improve ICT exploitation; operative steps to involve technicians (e.g. template of contracts, roles and tasks to be improved, simplification of procedures…); trainings modules for the staff. Therefore it represented a practical cross border cooperation platform.

Result/Impact 3: ICT KNOWLEDGE TRANFER AND DIGITIZATION PROCESSES

PITAGORA project contributed to strengthen the knowledge of ICT applications in  Adriatic areas, improving its  adoption among SMEs and Public Administrations.  The project outputs included 1 technician trained within each Institution involved  (at least 1 per PP, but in some cases also 2) through thematic meetings with internal experts and external professionals. This can lead to the setting up of new ICT services in the areas involved, while more effective digitalized systems should simplify the PA management and its relationship with businesses.

Result/impact 4: TOWARDS AN OPEN INFORMATION SOCIETY AND INCREASED CAPACITY BUILDING

On a more general level PITAGORA contributed to building an open information society, increasing transparency and minimizing the digital divide, training and advising leaders and regional governments in the use of ICT, promoting e-solutions in the field of e-government and the enterprises’ management.