The Municipality of Peyia is currently participating in FUPOL – a scientific research project funded by the European Commission’s FP7 ICT work programme.
What is FUPOL?
FUPOL (Future Policy Modelling) aims at a completely new approach to traditional politics. Major innovations, like multichannel social computing and crowdsourcing, will change the way politicians communicate with citizens and enterprises, and take decisions. The system will be able to automatically collect, analyze and interpret opinions expressed on a large scale from the Internet. This will enable governments to gain a better understanding of the needs of citizens. Likewise, the software will have the capabilities to simulate the effects of policies and laws and to assist governments in the whole policy design process. For more information you can visit www.fupol.eu
Social Media Networks
As one of the pilot cities in the project, the Municipality of Peyia has set up several social media sites for citizens and tourists to participate.
The municipality is taking part in two campaigns where citizens and tourists are able to express their opinions, both positive and negative, on several issues. Whether you are a citizen or a tourist, you can click on the links below, sign in to your Facebook or Twitter account, and then leave your comment, suggestion or opinion by right-clicking on an area on the map. The goal is to collect and consolidate the most popular expressed opinions to help:
1. Improve the facilities/services provided in the Coral Bay area and Peyia in general.
2. Promote Yeronissos Island as an archaeological attraction without harming the landscape or affecting on-going excavations.
The FUPOL consortium consists of 18 partners from 9 countries and comprises innovative multinational companies, leading research institutes, high-level political organizations as well as strong pilot partners. It has a good balance of research partners, IT-industry partners, governmental partners and political cluster organizations capable to ensure wide-spread dissemination and exploitation. The project also has potential to generate a huge impact in Europe and beyond.
2. ICT Policy Support Programme (or ICT PSP), Speeding Every European Digital.
Title: Speeding Every European Digital
Total Requested funding: € 2.563.000
Coordinator: INVESTIGACIÓN Y DESARROLLO INFORMÁTICO EIKON - IDI EIKON (Spain)
• GENERALITAT VALENCIANA - Direccion General para las Tecnologias de la Informacion (Spain)
• BALKAN SERVICES (Bulgaria)
• INTERFUSION SERVICES LTD (Cyprus)
• LOCAL COUNCILS ASSOCIATION MALTA (Malta)
• PLZENSKY KRAJ (Czech Republic)
• REGIONAL DEVELOPMENT AGENCY OF THE WEST REGION ROMANIA (Romania)
• INSTITUTUL E-AUSTRIA TIMISOARA (Romania)
• MUNICIPALITY OF VARNA (Bulgaria)
• THE MUNICIPALITY OF PEGEIA (Cyprus)
• REGIONE ISTRIANA (Croatia)
• GRAD RIJEKA (Croatia)
• VENTSPILS DIGITALAIS CENTRS (Latvia)
Summary of Project:
SEED (Speeding Every European Digital) is a project that is co-financed by the European Commission for raising citizens’ awareness about existing e-Government contents and services previously invested by European Public Sectors, in order they can be able to benefit from them.
The target of SEED is to expand, through the “cloud computing” approach and a very cheap network of Interactive Public Service Advertising (i-PSA) nodes, the positive results of European Inclusive e-Governance initiatives to boost “citizen-centric” e-Government Services, to reuse as much as possible the European, National, Regional and Local stocks of Public Sector Information (PSI) and to leverage saving costs of e-Government and e-Governance deployments. SEED re-uses PSI making mash-ups of e-Government contents for raising awareness of citizens about e-Government services available across all Europe: this is, transforming PSI in i-PSA messages.
SEED makes it easy, while still giving deployers the flexibility to customize messaging and create branding opportunities.
SEED usage addresses citizens, especially those with low e-skills and “at risk of e-exclusion”, that are, usually, frequent users of public facilities. They go to these public spaces for getting information about things that are important to them, as looking for a job or paying a tax, without being aware about the huge efforts Public Authorities are doing or have done recently, in order to attend them better.
With SEED placed in public spaces (Town Hall, Health Care Centres, Libraries, Sports Centres, Parks, Main streets or squares, …), citizens will be able to find attractive messages that will catch their attention.
For example, citizens queuing at the Town Hall to start a procedure will be inform by an interactive carousel on how to avoid the queue by using a self-service placed in the same building; Elders not acquainted with PCs will be able to be “always up to date” on Public Sector activities at Elders Centres; other citizens maybe more able to use some devices but that are jobless, will be informed, through the window of the Library, about latest job opportunities (from Local, Regional, National and even European job offers opportunities: “EURES” portal) (when walking down the street), etc.
SEED provides direct communication with citizens at point of decision, where the viewer is either waiting for service or looking for the right information.
SEED pilots are planned to validate PSI and iPSA inclusive services (public content already own by participating public partners and/or content provided from third parties) through the different proposed channels. Each pilot has chosen different features and services to be offered to the citizenships, but the project approach always follows the same steps:
1. Enrich the e-Government services offer relying on Inclusive e-Gov and PSI reuse.
2. Raise awareness among citizenship relying on the tools provided by PSA.
3. Engage End Users active participation in e-Government relying on “moving from PSA to i-PSA” using e-Gov Public nodes.
This will be done in pilots by:
Reusing pre-existing investments to deploy SEED services
SEED pilot deploying an “indoor” and “outdoor” scenario using several ICT multi-modal capabilities:
• PC-based scenarios
• Kiosk-based scenarios
• TV set-based scenarios
• Beam projector-based scenarios
• Smart Phones scenarios
Enriching e-Gov Services Offer (PSI reuse and Inclusive e-Goverment usage)
• At least 15 different services coming from “Own” and “Third Parties” PSI stocks across Europe Services must come from pre-existing investments, Back-Offices or sources of content
• At least 2 “Own” PSI services in every pilot case must be successfully integrated
• At least 2 “Third Parties” PSI services in every pilot case must be successfully integrated
Services integrated in SEED pilots must be Inclusive e-Government services. Every service integrated in a SEED pilot should be available for its usage in:
• Keyboard and mouse based environments
• Touch based interfaces
• Gesture-navigation based interfaces
• Smart Phone as a remote control scenarios
Every SEED pilot will add the following Accessibility tools: font size adapter, contrast colour adapter, text-to-speech, voice navigation (ASR)
Raising Awareness (PSA to better impact on Citizenship)
At least 2 scenarios: one “indoor” and one “outdoor”
• With an impact close to a 50% of the total population of the pilot areas
• Managing only updated information (one month maximum from its publication)
For more information you can refer to the Project's website: http://www.seed-project.eu/
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