Informatics and work - previous projects

European level

Public participation and sustainability in complex e-enabled portal services. This project was lead during 2006 by Dr Bridgette Wessels, Informatics Collaboratory, Sheffield University. Partners were Blekinge Institute of Technology, Digital City Ronneby, e@syconnects in South Yorkshire, UK,  and LondonConnects in London, UK. Funded by Knowledge Transfer Opportunities Fund vid Sheffield University. Poster

BENTLI - benchmarking regional strategies for technological literacy, 2005. Project coordinator: FUNDECYT in Extremadura, Spain. Project leader in the Blekinge region was Eva-Lisa Ahnström, Region Blekinge. BENTLI

PRELUDE Challenge, Promoting European Local and Regional Sustainability in the Digital Economy, is an interregional European cooperative endeavour encompassing a number of clusters. During 2005-2006 we were of PRELUDE Gaudì, the PRELUDE cluster which focuses on research and development in the e-government area. PRELUDE

Within the Regions Information Society Inititative RISI++, an interregional project funded by the European Union, Annelie Ekelin, Elisabeth Andersson and Sara Eriksén, IAW, carried out a regional survey concerning how people in Blekinge felt about public e-services (2000).

The ATTACH project (Advanced Trans-European Tele­ma­­tics Applications for Community Help, UR1001) 1996-1998, within the European Fourth Framework Program, Telematics Applications in Rural and Urban Areas. In this project, Sara Eriksén was research coordinator on the Ronneby site and represented Blekinge Institute of Technology in the ATTACH project steering committee.  ATTACH

National level

Small and medium-sized businesses and the nearly invisible but expanding regional market for e-services in the public sector. This interdisciplinary research and development project was lead by Sara Eriksén and funded by the Wilhelm Sonesson Foundation during June 2004 - May 2005. One valuable result of this project was the initiation of the e-government network in the Blekinge region, with representatives from the university, private enterprise and the public sector meeting regularly in order to explore and cooperate around the development of e-government in the region. The e-government net-work continued during 2005-2006 within the e-Participation project. Total budget 1.1 million Swedish Crowns (SEK). See final project report Slutrapport_SC 

The KomInDU project was run within the TANGO arena for e-government during 2003-2004. The project was owned and lead by Ronneby municipality, and funded by the Innovative Actions program within the European structural funds. The aim of the project was to enhance citizen participation in the consultation process around the muncipal comprehensive plan by establishing better support for information, communication and dialogue on the Internet. Sara Eriksén was research coordinator, and Annelie Ekelin and Jeff Winter, IAW, were among those involved in the project. Researchers from the disciplines of Technocience studies, Spatial planning, Software engineering and Human Work Science participated in KomInDU. See short paper presented at the PD conference in Toronto, Canada 2004. KomInDU

The TANGO arena for e-govern­ment was a platform for inter- disciplinary cooperation around reasearch and development in the e-government area. It was funded by the Innovative Actions program within the European Regional Development Funds during July 2002 - April 2004. Sara Eriksén was a member of the research advisory board and responsible for research coordination within Blekinge Institute of Technology. Annelie Ekelin was one of the Ph D students involved in the research work. See the County Council's website about the TANGO project. TANGO

The SMILE Revisited project was run within the TANGO Wireless Initiative arena in 2003 and was funded by the Innovative Actions program within the European Regional Development Funds. This was an interdisciplinary evaluation of a mobile application which had been developed within a student project, commercialized and implemented in home care in Karlskrona municipality, and then, after what seemed like a success story, been abandon at some cost to the user organization. Sara Eriksén was research leader in this project, but Annelie Ekelin actually did the work for IAW:s part. See the resulting report SMILE 

The DitA-project focused on design of IT in use in front office work in public administration. The project was initially funded by the Swedish Council for Work Life Research, RALF, and later by the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems, VINNOVA. Total budget 2.35 million Swedish Crowns (SEK), during April 2000 - December 2002. Sara Eriksén was project leader and Annelie Ekelin was project assistant and later did research work as a Ph D student within the DitA project. See project website (no longer kept updated but containing relevant information about the project) .DitA

The evaluation of the Public Internet Monitor Project (Medborgar- terminalprojektet) was done coopertively during the spring of 2001 by researchers from three different universities in Sweden. The evaluation was carried out in cooperation between researchers from IAW at Blekinge Institute of Technology, CID, Centre for User Oriented IT Design at the Royal Institute of Technology, and political science researchers at MidSweden University. See poster presented at the ECSCW 2001 conference in Bonn, Germany. MBT

Field studies of mobile users were carried out by Sara Eriksén and Elisabeth Andersson, IAW, on commission for a large software company in the spring of 2000. See workshop paper from the 2nd International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia conference (MUM) in Norrköping, Sweden 2003. MUM03

The One-Stop Service project was financed by the Swedish Agency for Economic and Regional Growth, NUTEK. Sara Eriksén, Annelie Ekelin and Elisabeth Andersson, IAW, took part in this project in 2000, in cooperation with the five municipalities in Blekinge, the Social Insurance Agency in Blekinge and a number of other public sector representatives. OSS

The project Use and design of supportive technologies for citizen's services was funded by the Swedish Council for Work Life Research during 1998-1999. Total budget 300 000 Swedish Crowns (SEK).

The project Working at the Front - Cooperation, qualifications and supportive technologies in front office joint ventures within the public sector was financed by the Swedish Council for Work Life Research during July 1994 - June 1997. Total budget 900 000 Swedish Crowns (SEK). The empirical material from this project, as well as the funding, gave the basis for Sara Eriksén´s Ph D thesis.Knowing


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