Active Arctic – Digital environments and solutions supporting the well-being and business of sparsely populated areas
Lapland is facing a major change in digitalisation, lead by the policies of the European Union's political leadership in terms of digital skills, competences, infrastructure and accessibility of services. In addition to know-how, capacity and usability, as well as investment, the digital revolution in business and public services requires a new kind of networking and coordination of services – a combination of digital and physical functions. Digital Innovation Hubs (DIHs) provide collaboration models and opportunities for regional, thematic, commercial and public services, combining knowledge, learning, investment and collaboration behind and in support of digital cuts.
The EU programming period 2021–2027 will bring new instruments and the opportunity to create new know-how and promote the introduction of newer digital applications and opportunities in Lapland. Digitalisation and its take-up require significant new know-how and its transfer. The Active Arctic project will enable the promotion and application of both in different industries and will have the opportunity to generate information and thus support Lapland's "ecosystems" extensively with their digital transition.
The project identifies the needs related to services in a sparsely populated area, e.g. well-being and working and living in the area, and how technology can help in the production, dissemination and accessibility of services, and what role DIH models can play in this. The project supports the cooperation of service providers and technology developers in Lapland and produces new types of business models for the provision of services.
Partners: Lapland University of Applied Sciences (coordinator) and University of Lapland
Budget and funding: The total budget of the project is € 499 975. The project is funded by the European Regional Development Fund / Regional Council of Lapland. Total EU and State funding € 399 979.