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MAP-IT! KNOWLEDGE MAPPING OF IT COMPETENCIES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN REGION AND DIALOGUE FOSTERING 29th July 2007 – Damascus, Syria MAP-IT! Information Day.

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1 MAP-IT! KNOWLEDGE MAPPING OF IT COMPETENCIES IN THE MEDITERRANEAN REGION AND DIALOGUE FOSTERING 29th July 2007 – Damascus, Syria MAP-IT! Information Day 27th July 2007 Alberto Sciuto - INNOVA

2 Index of presentation MAP-IT! project intro and objectives Project expected results Project consortium Project workplan Methodologies used in MAP-IT! Synergies with IST project MED-IST Initial activities (Questionnaire) Benefits for you

3 Why the MED region? MED countries in comparison with other worldwide regions lag behind in ICT adoption but offer great potential that needs to be uncovered and disseminated to promote research collaboration and co-operation A majority of MED countries are demonstrating a strong effort in defining their national ICT development policies following a period when most MED governments never had a focused policy mainframe With the EU-Mediterranean Partnership as the main EU initiative, EU has expressed deep interest and laid out significant funding in furthering research relations in the MED area

4 MAP-IT! & EU MAP-IT! directly addresses the Information Society Technologies (IST) Strategic Objective 2.6.5/2 International Co-operation SSA “to contribute to a global strategy aiming to identify, including through appropriate awareness raising measures and dialog with broad communities, the partners (countries or regions) with whom Europe needs to focus collaboration, the common objectives of collaboration and, in each case,its rationale”

5 MAP-IT! objectives To map the competencies in the Mediterranean IST arena, as corresponding to the strategic objectives of the IST programme To raise awareness within the Mediterranean IT community about co- operation opportunities within the IST programme

6 MAP-IT! overall expected results The project will end up with three results: 1) Reasoned and qualified mapping of industrial IST related innovation structure of the target countries, identifying players in the ICT industrial arena 2) Selection of key target players towards which awareness activities in the area of opportunities offered by EC 7th Framework Programme will be launched, putting forth the ground for future joint co-operation activities 3) Launch of a dialogue process with identified groups of players (companies, universities, districts, technology parks) that can represent promising partners for joint R&D initiatives with Europe, through workshops and training sessions

7 MAP-IT! Consortium Consortium composed of four types of partners: –Institutional players from MED countries ITIDA (Egypt) Ministry of Higher Education, Scientific Research and Technology (Tunisia) –Scientific/research experts L’Université Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah de Fès (Morocco) –International education, science, culture and communication promoter UNESCO –Consultancies from Europe Cybion – Project Coordinator (Italy and France) Innova (Italy, Belgium, Luxembourg, Poland) Euroquality (France)

8 MAP-IT! workplan Project consists of 3 phases –Data collection on MED target countries to gain current “macroeconomic” view (innovation policy, social, political, economic) of existing situation in MED targeted countries and to take a “snapshot” of the industrial and research environment of each MED country in specific IST areas. –Data analysis, results consolidation, knowledge map creation of MED stakeholders –Dissemination, awareness and dialogue creation to foster future cooperation

9 Workpackage flow WP1 Methodology definition WP2 Data Collection WP3 Mapping implementation WP4 Database and on-line tools WP5 Awareness raising

10 Target countries Algeria Egypt Jordan Lebanon Morocco Palestinian Authority Syria Tunisia

11 Results per target country Mapping of competencies: identify key technology areas and ICT players Position Papers: country needs and proposals for cooperation Awareness raising and training Launch dialogue among MED players

12 Results per target country Mapping Mapping of competencies: identify key technology areas through – knowledge mapping techniques – questionnaires Regional webportal on MED research players in ICT fields

13 Definition of the mapping profiling procedure –Who are our targets for the mapping? Definition of the benchmarking procedure –What are the “excellence indicators” that can define an ICT stakeholder? Organisation of Working Groups and Expert Panels –Mapped MED ICT stakeholders to be evaluated by independent panel of research and industry experts –MAP-IT! partners to make final selections Database insertion –MAP-IT! database is sortable, searchable by various fields (geographic area, ICT focus, typology of stakeholder, etc.) Methodology in Detail

14 Adoption of a benchmarking exercise –Originally applied to the Innovation Relay Centres Network (IRCs) throughout 2001 – 2006 –Applied methodological tool: IVEM Benchmarking Cycle Identification Validation Engineering Monitoring –The model will be tailored to the context of MAP-IT! Operative procedure

15 IVEM applied to MAP-IT! Identification –Data acquisition through Desk research + Questionnaire mailing Validation –Validating and deepening the collected information on the organisations resulted to be excellent Engineering –Transfer of the collected data to the project database, searchable by different search criteria Monitoring –Verifying if the conditions (internal + external) that classified an organisation as excellent remained true in a given period of time

16 More than MED ICT stakeholders Target: Questionnaires will be sent to enrich their profiles and gather more information on ICT-related strategies and experiences Database to be made public this summer in synch with full website launch Current status: database

17 Questionnaire Questionnaire available within project info provided by ITIDA

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19 [1] 0 = No capability; 1 = Low capability; 2 = Medium capability; 3 = High capability

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21 [1] Period of reference: most recent annual data but no more than 5 years old (2002) [2] Product development is here intended in a wider sense: advice, application, etc. [3] Researchers but also PhD students and Professors [4] Publications are intended here in a wide sense: white papers, seminars papers, conference papers, etc.

22 Target players Typologies of key actors to be detected: –SMEs (our primary target) –Representatives from ICT industrial players (our primary target) –Industrial associations/chambers of commerce –Intermediary organisations –Technology & Science Parks (MED-IST primary target for mapping) –Universities and research centres (MED-IST primary target for mapping) Sample of organisations –Identification of ca. 500 key players per country and key players in all 8 countries Final goal: 50 identified IT excellence organisations per country

23 Country needs and proposals for cooperation through: –Mapping results analysis –Working Groups –Expert panels Identify 5 technology areas Input for cooperation and matching Results per target country Position papers

24 Press releases Promotion of the website Website content implementation Workshops and Events participation Blog creation Set up cooperation opportunities for the VII Framework Programme Results per target country Awareness raising & dialogue launch

25 Clustering with IST project MED-IST ObjectivesTools Creation of synergies for workshops organisation Sharing of attendees mailing list Reciprocal invitation Joint organisation of some events Joint preparation of newsletter Single newsletter with merged content from the two consortia Exchange of information on stakeholders and mapping results Intermediary results information exchange on stakeholders identification and mapping results Joint on line presentation of mapping results Mapping results displayed in a harmonised way on a web portal Final ObjectiveBecome a reference point for EU-MED cooperation

26 Clustering with IST project MED-IST MAP-IT!MED-IST FP7 operations-specific : aims at identifying IST strategic objectives common to both EU and MED regions and train entities from the MED countries on how to participate in FP7 in the context of these objectives Policy-oriented aimed at developing IST Research Policy Agendas for MED countries and establishing co-operation platforms between these countries and EU for FP7 and beyond Target population: IT industry and marketTarget population: Academia and research Target of mentoring/tutoring workshops: mainly intermediaries and multipliers, e.g. chambers of commerce, business/professional associations Target of workshops: directly address all target populations of project Coverage of workshops: widest possible coverage of intermediaries and multipliers Coverage of workshops: direct focus on stakeholders selected in mapping and consultation phases Mapping tools: Desk research using state-of- the-art electronic means completed by a questionnaire survey and telephone interviews Mapping tools: “On-the-field” surveying (questionnaires and face-to-face interviews)

27 Workshop timetable DatesLocation 27 July 2007 Beriut, Lebanon 29 July 2007 Damascus, Syria 5 July 2007 Fez, Morocco 7 July 2007 Algiers, Algeria July 2007 (TBC) Tunisia Betw. Jan & Feb 2008 Pal Auth Betw. Jan & Feb 2008 Jordan

28 Benefits for you Be highlighted and published as one of the 50 selected ICT stakeholders per research area Visibility of your company to EU and other MED stakeholders Participate in blog platform to create dialogue between researchers and IT experts Receive full information on the FP7 and ICT Workprogramme Learn how to participate to EU ICT funding calls for proposal

29 THANK YOU! MAP-IT! EU CONTACT POINT Project coordinator: Rina Angeletti Project officer: James Goldstein Cybion Srl Via della Scrofa, Rome (Italy) Tel (+39) Fax (+39) Website: MAP-IT! MED CONTACT POINT Dr. Sherif Hashem Executive Vice President Information Technology Industry Development Agency (ITIDA). Building B5 Smart Village Cairo-Alex Desert Road 28th KM Giza, Egypt Tel Fax


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