Wales leads European digital project

The development of cloud computing and social networking will be examined by a new Europe-wide digital collaboration project.

Wales is leading the initiative, which will see nine European partners investigate best practice and how digital collaboration can benefit small and medium-sized businesses.

The De-Lan initiative was launched in Brussels today by the deputy first minister for Wales Ieuan Wyn Jones and the European Commission’s director-general for information society and media Robert Madelin. De-Lan, which stands for Digital Ecosystems-Learning Application Network, is initially targeting the creative industries, construction and marine science.

The European partners will research how systems such as digital networks, living labs and digital business ecosystems can be used to connect organisations and individuals that do business together. Findings throughout the three-year project will be presented via workshops and conferences.

Wyn Jones says, ‘As lead partner in the De-Lan project, we are excited in Wales by the prospect of working with and learning from like-minded partner regions from across Europe to develop new processes and new approaches to strengthen our standing in the global economy.’

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