Rural development

Partner Name -  Abbreviation
Technical University of Kosice - TUKE

1st Pilot Video

2nd Pilot Video

Pilot Concept and Approach

Knowledge networking has become an essential management task. Its purpose is to share knowledge and experience of individual experts as a basis for generating viable innovations and enabling organizations to achieve constant advancement. This creates genuine competitive advantages and can be used by all those involved in the process.

Experts are not always prepared to share their experience as a matter of course. Rural related organizations therefore need to find ways to bring about effective, voluntary and trust-based networking among experts, both within and beyond the confines of their own institutions. Crucial to the effectiveness and success of a network in achieving its goals is the way knowledge is provided, exchanged and transferred. It should provide main benefits to policy makers and regional rural representatives to share the same goal of fighting rural poverty, sharing major lessons learnt, place for information and experience and providing training for different target groups in rural areas. One of the major current problems of slovak rural areas, due to economic and societal transformation of the country negatively supported by recent economic crisis, are insufficient funds for basic public services provision. Rural areas therefore losses the possibilities of development, not only due to crisis based funds losses, but also due the loses of tax incomes related to moving of their citizens to areas with prosperity – mainly cities. This movement causes the decline of the creativity sources for development of the community, what is strongly connected to the problems with the whole rural area development. To find the solution for this situation, rural municipalities have to find hidden resources in their internal processes. One of such hidden resources is municipalities´ spend management, as usage of modern procurement techniques is still very rare. To solve this problem the pilot activities tend to create smart procurement system for public procurement enabling the knowledge flow among public procurers, but mainly enhancing the innovations creation and the efficiency increase through the Living Lab concept.


Pilot Activities

The basic component of the procurement “living lab” environment is the cross-platform framework enabling applications of different purposes (communication and procurement) to work together. The cross-platform framework contains 3 main elements:

  • the communication platform (Ideas Management, Collective Knowledge),
  • the basic built-in procurement services,
  • the procurement-based applications.

1. The communication platform – through the Ideas Management part it enables to share and discuss ideas and concepts within the pre-defined communities or in public and this part is the heart of the internal life in a “laboratory” as it provides space for collaboration and communication among environment inhabitants (stakeholders). Since the platform is focused on procurement, the topics preferably include this area, but they are not limited to. This part is therefore the cornerstone for the generation of Collective Knowledge and Best Practices in Public Procurement, but also for the creation of innovations in procurement processes (social and technical), all openly shared across different stakeholders. The communication platform will help in answering following topics and issues:

  • Questions regarding procurement legislation – frequently changing legislation causes problems also for the buyers professionals, let alone small municipalities that does not have budget to pay such buyers for each and every purchase. In this case, simple question and answer environment may help.
  • Questions regarding procurement processes – the municipalities need to procure different kind of products/services over the course of the year and they might not always be as familiar with some products/services as the sellers are. That inevitably puts buyers in the weaker position during the negotiations and results in lower savings in procurement. However, modern sourcing methods and strategies (e.g. electronic tenders, electronic reverse auctions, multi-criteria, etc.) may help to balance relationship up between buyers and sellers.
  • Best-practices sharing – the municipalities that have gone through successful procurement process might want to share their experience. The motivation behind could be the pride and reputation that given municipality may gain or just philanthropy.
  • Technical questions regarding the built-in applications and platform itself – if any obscurity or technical error occurs, they may submit the question and get the support.

2. The basic built-in procurement services – These services are the part of the cross-platform framework (e.g. management of buying cases, suppliers’ catalogue, instant messaging). It is assumed that these services will both provide and read the date to/from third-party applications.

3. The procurement-based applications – This part of the framework represents the core of the procurement tool consisting of different procurement applications (e-tender, e-auction, data analytics, etc.) not only publicly funded (e.g. developed within Centralab project or other projects), but also commercial applications provided and funded by private companies. The platform is designed to be able to incur large number of different applications from different sources what provides space for further innovations - in form of innovative procurement applications - coming into real life.

Characteristics of the ICT platform:
  • CRM, social networking – we build a network, that brings together different stakeholders (municipalities, ICT providers, RTD organizations and policymakers) and in which all the users are provided with various social features.
  • e-learning systems – especially Knowledge Sharing part is of and e-learning kind. The knowledge generated in Ideas Management part is automatically formalized by users themselves, through the set of built-in functionalities and provided back to the users.
  • Mobile Phone /Tablet – the Bootstrap framework has been used. It is based on the responsive web design (RWD) approach aimed at resizing the web application across a wide range of devices (from mobile phones to desktop screens) in order to provide the optimal viewing experience.
  • API (Application Programming Interface) – it specifies how the different components (built-in services and third-party applications) will interact with each other. The advantage of such a approach is not just hat third-party applications have the opportunity to access the data, but the implementation of additional applications in the future is pretty straightforward and intuitive.
  • REST (REpresentational State Transfer) architecture has been adopted.
  • JSON (JavaScript Object Notation) has been adopted for the data storage and transmission over the network.
  • OAuth2 has been adopted for the purposes of granting the third-party applications access to the database.
  • RethinkDB has been adopted.
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You can contact CentraLab Rural development pilot responsible persons:

Frantisek Janke
Mojmir Pridavok
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