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V. Multi-territorial dimension (region, urban, macro-regional strategies)

28. Providing re-usable tools to better access data in support to macro-regional strategies

Type of service

The Danube Reference Data and Services Infrastructure (DRDSI) is a publicly available on-line platform and database that facilitates access to comparable and harmonised data sets on various issues related to the Danube Region.

In particular, it focuses on supporting the collection and management of data resources at a local level, where they are best understood and maintained. Data standards are explored and examples given for how data can be combined. This includes offering open tools to overlay datasets from different sources through the DRDSI platform and promoting Open Data as a means to make data a source for innovation without impediment.
The DRDSI platform shows how the principles of the INSPIRE Directive (2007/2/EC) can be put into practice, re-purposing them from their core environmental focus to broader concerns of data sharing for regional policy and collaboration.

29. S3 support to the EU strategy for the Danube Region

Type of service

JRC's Smart Specialisation Platform (S3P) supports the design, alignment and implementation of the smart specialisation strategies (S3) in the Danube Region to foster an integrated and coordinated approach at the macro-regional level. The S3 Platform (S3P) offers numerous activities to support the Danube macro-regional collaboration such as surveys and analytical support, peer reviews, mutual learning workshops, mapping, stakeholder discussions at the innovation camp, S3 policy briefs and other reports, on-line tools and enhanced collaboration with territorial cooperation programmes. Furthermore, S3P has contributed to the JRC Scientific Support to EUSDR events held back to back or within the EUSDR Annual Forums and participated actively as a partner in the FP7 Danube INCO.NET project.

30. S3 support to the EU strategy for the Baltic Sea Region

Type of service

The Smart Specialisation Strategy (S3) Platform facilitates work on synergies in S3 within the Baltic Sea Region (BSR). The S3P works closely with the Policy Area Innovation (PA INNO) of the EU Strategy for the Baltic Sea Region, the Baltic Sea Region Programme, DG Regio and BSR countries and regions towards increased innovation and growth through S3 in the macro region. The S3P Platform coordinates activities with these and other platforms for interregional collaboration to provide BSR stakeholders arenas for a dialogue to develop and to enhance collaboration opportunities within S3 priorities. Direct beneficiaries are Sweden, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Latvia, Lithuania and Poland.

31. Placing your city in the European context: the Urban Data Platform

Type of service

The Urban Data Platform provides a single access point to common indicators on the status and trends of more than 800 cities in Europe. The web portal is an interactive interface that allows users to explore, visualize, compare and download data. It aims to give a complete and consistent picture of the state and trends (i.e. past and future) of European cities using interactive and visual tools to present and analyse the data. The platform collects open data derived from multiple sources, including DG JRC, DG REGIO and EUROSTAT.

32. Mapping migrant communities in cities

Type of service

Based on national census data, the JRC produces high resolution maps of migrant communities in cities. The maps provide an indication of how population by nationality or country of birth is distributed and allow analyses of the different models of spatial distribution in the urban landscape adopted by cities and migrant communities.

33. Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor

Type of service

The Cultural and Creative Cities Monitor is an interactive platform designed to help national, regional and municipal policy makers identify local strengths and opportunities, to promote mutual exchange and learning between cities and to inspire fit-for-purpose policies to boost economic growth and job creation, and strengthen resilience.
The Monitor builds on 29 carefully selected indicators, which measure the cultural ‘pulse’ of a city in terms of cultural infrastructure and participation in culture, capture how the cultural and creative sectors contribute to a city’s economy in terms of employment, job creation and innovation, and describe the tangible and intangible assets (human capital, openness, tolerance, international connections) that help cities attract creative talent and stimulate cultural engagement. Key qualitative facts complement what is measured by ‘numbers’ (e.g., main cultural sites, art schools or live events, funds, tax incentives, creative incubators, fab labs) proving the city’s commitment to support culture- and creativity-led development.