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Living labs – instruments of social innovation in rural areas

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  • Tirziu, Andreea-Maria
  • Vrabie, Catalin

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In a country where nearly half the population lives in rural areas, it is difficult to link concepts such as smart cities, Internet of Things to the local government’s priority list. However, lately there have been numerous initiatives to improve access to information using ICT in the rural communities as well. The purpose of this article is not to exhaustively measure the already adopted means, but merely to provide a series of items retrieved as barriers to ICT projects meant to develop these communities. Following the studies conducted so far (in Romania there are about 2,700 communes – the lowest administrative entities of our country), it was observed that the digital divide is found in 100% of these areas. At the urban level – especially in the big cities, pilot projects for developing digital literacy among the elder population had a relatively high success. Such programs have been initiated at the level of the communes whose living standard is higher (the ones that are located near large cities). Their successes, though certainly less visible than in the urban communities, are noteworthy. Most such programs have targeted educational and health fields. The article we propose aims to show these programs’ implementation degree in Romania, providing as examples the most successful cases that help the social innovation process. The intention with which we start this study is to create a list of objectives that the initiators of these programs have to take into account during the preparation of those programs.

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  • Tirziu, Andreea-Maria & Vrabie, Catalin, 2017. "Living labs – instruments of social innovation in rural areas," MPRA Paper 79868, University Library of Munich, Germany.
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    1. Tirziu, Andreea-Maria & Vrabie, Catalin I., 2016. "NET Generation. Thinking outside the box by using online learning methods," MPRA Paper 77708, University Library of Munich, Germany, revised 2016.
    2. Ani MATEI & Carmen SĂVULESCU & Corina Georgiana ANTONOVICI, 2015. "Social Innovation in the Local Public Sector: A Cross-Regional Approach for Romania," Theoretical and Applied Economics, Asociatia Generala a Economistilor din Romania - AGER, vol. 0(4(605), W), pages 5-20, Winter.
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    Keywords

    living labs; social innovation; rural areas;

    JEL classification:

    • O35 - Economic Development, Innovation, Technological Change, and Growth - - Innovation; Research and Development; Technological Change; Intellectual Property Rights - - - Social Innovation

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