Last week the European Commission announced an online public consultation on research and innovation in ICT-driven public sector innovation. The responses to this consultation will feed into the forthcoming Horizon 2020 work programmes around ICT. Contributions are welcomed from all stakeholders including researchers, academia, innovators, national administrations and businesses:
The consultation document highlights some key drivers and trends, including open government based on open data, open services and participation, as well as basic technological tools and enablers, including big data which is open to being searched, analysed and mashed up with other tools and data sources to create innovative services. On the basis of this, the document identifies several possible focus areas for research and innovation which may form the building blocks for Horizon 2020 work programmes. These are:
In relation to the drivers and trends:
- Open governance systems and how the public sector can create open ICT-supported platforms for public value creation.
- ICT-supported co-created, personalised and high impact public services, including the use of social media and smart mobile devices.
- Open participation and engagement supported by ICT across all areas of public sector operation.
- Experiments with ICT-supported open, bottom-up and social innovation involving large numbers of actors.
In relation to basic technology tools and other enablers:
- Infrastructures, processes and interoperability integrating different parts of the public sector, and linking the public sector with other actors.
- The innovative use of open and big data by the public sector and together with other actors, including policy modelling tools.
- Measurement and monitoring tools for use by the public sector itself or other actors.
- Further development of Web 2.0 tools and the introduction of Web 3.0 methods.
- Empowering the civil servant and making work processes more efficient and effective.
- Identity management, personal data protection and data security.
The consultation is open until April 15th. If this is an area of research interest for you – and particularly if you are keen to explore future possibilities for EC funding under Horizon 2020 – you should seriously consider engaging with this consultation.