Roadmaps

This section provides an overall description of the derived roadmaps from the Online-S3 Platform. The main rationale of the roadmap development lies on a user-friendly representation of the logical connections between selected sets of Online-S3 applications, in order to illustrate different ways in which they could be combined to provide targeted services to the users. These services could be used to support the RIS3 design and implementation phases, as well as generic processes related to the general concept of strategic planning.

The following sections present a selection of four core roadmaps that have been identified while using the Online-S3 applications, providing a short introduction to the problem and the way in which the Online-S3 Platform contributes towards solving it. To this end, the following roadmaps have been developed:

These are:

  • Mini-S3 has been designed, including only a short list of the most essential methodologies and tools that should be used during a RIS3 design process. This roadmap includes a set of 14 applications, that have been chosen based on the importance of the corresponding methodology, as well as the feedback we have received from the users regarding their user friendliness. The selection of the tools tries to cover the whole RIS3 strategic planning process.
  • EDP has been structured based on the EDP methodologies followed by the JRC and the World Bank, including three main tasks: knowledge production, stakeholder engagement and knowledge sharing and collaborative decision-making.
  • Specialisation roadmap  explains its role and usefulness in the RIS3 and describes three possible approaches to the analysis. A conceptual framework for specialisation analysis and accompanying methods for conducting it are presented. Moreover, it is shown how specialisation analysis could be done by a selection of 10 Online S3 applications.
  • Vertical roadmap proposes a five-stage process for designing innovative investment projects per niche industry market. These include actions, such as: mapping sectoral and regional strengths, identification of actors per sector of interest, actors’ engagement, collaborative project design, monitoring and assess.

Further details and potentials of the Online-S3 Platform, regarding the information flows between the developed applications and the services it could provide, are thoroughly discussed in the overall report illustrating the Online-S3 mechanism (D2.3).