DESIRA: Digitising economic and social impacts in rural areas
Will digital technologies contribute to building desirable futures in rural areas, or will they get us further away from the desired ambitions?
The digital transformation of rural areas generates winners (who benefit from the change), but also losers (who are marginalised by the change), as well as opponents (who resist to change) and proponents (who support or advocate for the change).
Open Science and OpenAIRE role: In this process, the open sharing of information and knowledge plays a fundamental role. This was the main idea driving the setup of the “Rural Digital Europe”, the DESIRA OpenAIRE community dashboard. The “Rural Digital Europe” community brings together publications and research outcomes related to digitalisation and its socio-economic impact in the three DESIRA key domains: rural areas, agriculture and forestry. The dashboard acts as a single point of access for the research community, scientists and other relevant stakeholders, facilitating their research and work. It aggregates more than 500 software artefacts and more than 11.000 datasets. It is linked to 16 Zenodo communities, while it makes available publications, data, software and research outcomes from 82 projects that are dealing with the assessment of socio-economic benefits of digitalisation in agriculture, forestry or rural areas.
Special attention has been given by the DESIRA partners in the definition of the subjects of the dashboard, so it has an inclusive character, without being very generic. The keywords have been chosen carefully to provide information on the intersection of digitalisation, agriculture, forestry and rural areas. The “Rural Digital Europe” Dashboard covers a wide range of subjects, from specific digital game changers (unmanned vehicles, ArcGIS, remote sensing) to agricultural practices and techniques (precision agriculture, precision farming, weed detection, weed control).
About DESIRA: DESIRA (Digitisation: Economic and Social Impacts in Rural Areas) is a Horizon 2020 project (2019-2023) coordinated by the University of Pisa which involves 25 partner organisations (research institutes, NGOs and SMEs) in a multi-actor and inter-disciplinary Consortium. DESIRA aims to develop “Rural Digital Europe” to be a sustainable virtual research community for all rural actors.
About OpenAIRE Connect Gateways: OpenAIRE builds Virtual Research Environments, i.e., customised dashboards for communities allowing them to gather, share and discover research results with their peers.