DANS ON is the follow up project of DANS (Digital Agenda for the North Sea Region). The aim was to disseminate the idea of DANS. It is also an extension from the triple helix (including academia, government, industry) to the quadruple helix, which includes the citizen as well. As citizen´s needs become more and more important, they nowadays play a central role when it comes to implementing the digital agenda.
So DANS ON was all about telling the story of the DANS model and the quadruple helix and to disseminate it and to show how DANS can be implemented.
Now that this project ends, our efforts for bringing forward the aims of DANS will not stop, but we will continue with a successive project called DANS II. The project builds up on experiences and achievements of former projects such as DANS, DANS ON, ICT for SMEs etc.
Within the DANS II, the DANS Model will be applied aiming at enhancing the broadband infrastructure as well as municipal e-services in a transnational context (according to the Digital Single Market Strategies). DANS II also aims at bringing together the relevant actors and stakeholders to develop strategies, common profiles and transnational standard measures to widely implement and stimulate the roll-out of ICT infrastructure, use of ICT as well as enhancing the application of ICT services throughout the NSR.
The thematic focuses for approaching the aims are as follows:
1. Digital Single Market perspective
This involves the integration of engaged stakeholders, coordinating goals at different political levels and across borders, implementation of the quadruple helix, support of research and development activities etc.
2. Cost reduction and economic perspective
Should be achieved through developing and implementing EC directive measures and standards on ICT infrastructure and services, developing models for cost reducing synergies, enhancing transnational competition opportunities for ICT infrastructure and services, stimulating economic growth in the ICT and digital innovation sector.
3. Transnational socio-cultural perspective
It involves the consideration of different socio-cultural backgrounds in the NSR region, engagement and awareness-raising and developing sustainable links between the different stakeholders based on the QH Model.
4. ICT innovation perspective
This is supposed to promote cross-border technology development, knowledge transfer and research and to promote projects to demonstrate new technologies and concepts in ICT infrastructure and service provision.
5. Standard and common specifications perspective
This will focus on developing the benchmark profile/common specification for ICT infrastructure and municipal service development and generate specific implementation standards for the application of cost reduction measures.
6. Knowledge transfer/export
This project aims at drawing on regional strength and know-how and spreading it across other regions and Europe. Furthermore it will accentuate best practices for speeding up the widespread implementation and transfer standards, procedures and profiles to target groups and drivers.
For achieving our aims, the QH model will be put in practice where each partner region will serve as a test bed for implementing new found strategies and standards. This is to firstly collecting the results of this implementation and secondly to show that different regions from different countries collectively can develop innovative solutions and strategies. Furthermore this offers the opportunity to identify success stories and to define recommendations for the whole North Sea Region.
Sweden, Norway, Denmark, The Netherlands, Belgium, and Germany
The North Sea Region Programme 2014 – 2020; Priority 1: Thinking Growth: Supporting growth in North Sea Region economies