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01 January 2021

INTERLINK: new Horizon 2020 project to enable new digital collaborative governance models with citizens at the core

On 1 January 2021, the international research project INTERLINK (Innovating goverNment and ciTizen co-dEliveRy for the digitaL sINgle marKet) was officially launched. Funded by the EU's Research and Innovation Programme Horizon 2020, INTERLINK aims to overcome the barriers preventing administrations to reuse and share services with private partners (including citizens) by developing a novel collaborative governance model.

To enable this, INTERLINK will provide a set of digital building blocks, called “Interlinkers”, that implement the defined governance model and standardize the basic functionalities needed to enable private actors to cooperate in the delivery of a service (organisation, communication, scheduling, monitoring, etc.). In this way, the new shared service will maintain the effectiveness of digital solutions adopted in grassroots initiatives to support self-organisation and make collective decisions, and at the same time fulfill the technical and legal requirements necessary for adoption by Public Administrations (PAs).

INTERLINK has a duration of 3 years and is implemented by an international and interdisciplinary consortium led by Fondazione Bruno Kessler (Italy). The University of Deusto is one of the 10 project partners and will be collaborating with Dedagroup Public Services (Italy), Ministry of Economy and Finance (Italy), Radboud University (the Netherlands), Université Catholique de Louvain (Belgium) public bodies such as Zaragoza (Spain), Ministry of Environment and Regional Development (Latvia), IT companies such as TreeTechnology (Spain) and Cloud'sci (Finland).

At the University of Deusto, the project is implemented by an interdisciplinary research team made up of researchers from Deustek – Smart open-ended environments and technologies for learning and Deusto Cities Lab Katedra, who are also members of the Strengthening Participation Interdisciplinary Research Platform.

For further information about the project, please consult this page