Online S3 Project

Funded by the Horizon 2020 framework

The Online S3 Platform has been created as part of an EU-co-funded Horizon 2020 project named ‘Online S3’. This project is a Research and Innovation Action of the Pillar “Science with and for Society”, under the call ISSI-4-2015 – On-line mechanisms for knowledge-based policy advice.

The project commenced in May 2016 and was completed at the end of June 2018. The project involves a consortium of twelve partners from Austria, Belgium, Finland, Greece, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain and the United Kingdom.

Urban and Regional Innovation Research (URENIO) - Aristotle University of Thessaloniki
Edinburgh Napier University
The University of Edinburgh
Intelspace - Innovation Techonologies
European Future Innovation System Centre - EFIS
RTDI - Research, Technology Development and Innovation
Aalto University
Innova Intergra Limited
Ekonomski Institut Maribor
Research and Innovation Management - Katharina Fellnhofer
Slovak Business Agency - SBA
Region of Central Macedonia

Goal of the Project

The goal of the project is to help RIS3 stakeholders (policy makers, academics, businesses, citizens etc.) through this online platform and its tools in forming and revising effective RIS3 strategies with less effort. The platform is not intended to replace the EU Commission-backed S3 Platform by Joint Research Centre (JRC)), but instead to complement it. To this end, the project team is collaborating with the JRC in order to maximise the benefits of the Online S3 Platform for RIS3 stakeholders and to ensure continuity of the platform beyond the lifetime of the project.

Piloted in Four European Regions

As part of the Online S3 research project, the Online S3 Platform undergoes evaluations by real users from four European regions: the Region of Central Macedonia (Greece), Scotland (UK), Galicia (Spain) and Northern Netherlands (The Netherlands). Feedback from these pilot regions is used in order to improve subsequent versions of the tools and guidance material created in the project. A final release of the platform will be released by May 2018.

Project Website

The project has a dedicated website that focuses on the project and project reporting itself at That website contains background information on the project as well as information on the project progress and achievements.

Nonprofit and Open Access

The Online S3 Platform is being made available to you on this website as a nonprofit and open access project. This means that the platform, tools and other features offered here are freely accessible without the intention of profiting from this financially. This also extends to some features of the platform that may be reused by others under the terms of the Open Source licenses used for our project output.

Website content

The website content is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

Creative Commons License

This means that the users are free to:

  • Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format.
  • Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.

Under the following terms:

  • Attribution — You must give appropriate credit, provide a link to the license, and indicate if changes were made. You may do so in any reasonable manner, but not in any way that suggests the licensor endorses you or your use
  • No additional restrictions — You may not apply legal terms or technological measures that legally restrict others from doing anything the license permits.


The source code of the tool applications will be published on our GitHub repository by the end of the project. Most of the applications will be published under the MIT license, meaning that the software can be used in any way as long the original copyright notice and license are included in all copies or substantial uses of the work.


The members of the consortium behind the Online S3 Platform disseminate their work in numerous ways including through scientific publications on RIS3. Where possible, we have been publishing open access papers that are freely accessible to the public. A full list of scientific publications can be found by following the link below.