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WeLive project introduction Newsletter.
October, 2015
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Dear all,

with this letter we wish to inform you that in the next period you will get updates about WeLive project status and news.

In this, first edition of WeLive letter, we will share with you a detail project overview and current project status by Jorge Pérez Velasco, manager of the project.
The 2010 edition of the EU eGovernment Benchmark Report states that currently public services are built following an administration-centric approach, driving to a low usage, rather than according to the citizens´ need (user-centric approach).

Public administrations are facing key socioeconomic challenges such as demographic change, employment, mobility, security, environment and many others. Besides, citizens expectations, in terms of burden reduction, efficiency, and personalization, are growing and will make the take-up of traditional public e-services steadily harder in the following years. Citizens want to transit from being mere consumers of public services to providers of those services, i.e. prosumers of the open government ecosystem.
Public-private parnership and active contribution of citizens are two key instruments to transform the way currently cities and territories are being governed. To turn cities and territories into hubs of welfare, innovation and economic growth (i.e. to give place to Smarter Cities or Territories) not only they have to make a more efficient management of resources but they also have to be aware and reactive to the socio-economic needs and wants of their stakeholders, i.e. their citizens, local businesses and companies. This is a text block. You can use it to add text to your template.
ICT-enabled Open and Collaborative Government is the recipe to deliver "more from less". Governments cannot be any longer the single providers of public services so empowerment of stakeholders is necessary by incentivizing them to take a more active role. Public-private partenerships have to be catalysed to give place to a more sustainable model of government which also behaves as a economy promotion dynamizer and the WeLive project was born as a means to address the above challenges.
WeLive is devised to transform the current e-government approach followed by most public administrations into we-government where all the stakeholders of public administration: citizens, local businesses and companies are treated as peers (collaborators) and prosumers (providers) instead of the usual customer role associated to them. Furthermore, this project also aims to turn e-government into:
  • t-Government (Transformational Government) by providing the public with the technology tools that enable them to create public value themselves
  • l-Government (Lean Government) that aims to do more with less by involving other players, leaving the Government as an orchestrator around enabled platforms
  • m-Government, i.e. an extension or evolution of e-government through utilisation of mobile technologies for public service delivery

Consequently, WeLive proposes a new concept of e-Government which provides the means, i.e. an environment or platform, analogously to the Web, and leaves others, all the stakeholders in a city or territory, to lead the innovation process and so turn public resource assets into artifacts to nurture economic growth and job creation.

WeLive bridges the gap between innovation and adoption (i.e. innovation take-up) of open government services by developing an innovative and open technological framework to bring citizens and local busineses inside the innovation process in different cities across Europe. This framework, based on the open web technologies and practices (Linked Data, Open web technologies and APIs, Open Innovation) will be the core element to co-build the digital identity of a city and dynamize its economy.
WeLive will give place to a novel We-Government ecosystem of tools (Live) built on the Open Data, Open Services and Open Innovation paradigms that is easily deployable in different public administrations.
 
The Open & Collaborative Government ICT infrastructure proposed offers tools to transform the Needs into Ideas, then tools to select the best Ideas and create the Building Blocks necessary to build the envisioned solutions, and finally a way to compose the Building Blocks into mass market Applications which can be exploited through the WeLive marketplace. 
Proofs of concept of diverse nature WeLive personalised public services are planned to be trialled in 4 different European cities, namely Bilbao, Trento, Novi Sad and Helsinki-Uusimaa region. The aim is to assess and measure across 4 different European cities, the economic and social impact of an Open and Collaborative Government solution as the one proposed by WeLive. 
The main challenges for the first year of the project are, on the one hand, to establish the foundations of the project mainly working on the design and definition of the WeLive framework, including its architecture and the public services to be validated in each pilot city. During this period, the baseline, guidelines and approach to achieve service co-creation and co-innovation within WeLive project will be also defined.

During the second half of the first year, we will focus on the implementation of the main components of the framework as well as the preparation and launching of several activities in order to ensure a high involvement and participation of city stakeholders.
Since the beginning of the project, 1st February 2015, progress has been achieved, adjusted to project planning, mainly in WP1 – WeLive Approach and Framework Definition and WP6 – Dissemination, and Communication Activities. From a technical point of view, the work done so far have allowed us to:
  • Establish the guidelines to enable effective service co-creation and innovation and to define the methodologies and techniques to achieve a strong involvement of city stakeholders
  • Specify the stakeholders’ requirements and sought new public services according to cities’ features and stakeholders needs´and preferences collected through the realization of several activities like surveys, focus groups and design games
  • Define and design the WeLive Framework architecture
  • Generate the first dissemination artefacts, e.g. Leaflte and Poster, Logo and Presentation, website and creation and population of social network site profiles
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