Skellefteå - Northern Europe's epicenter for e-services
Skellefteå has since the 1960's been at the forefront of IT solutions for the public sector. Assistant Professor Karl Andersson, researcher at Luleå University of Technology, is leading the EU project NIMO (Nordic Interaction and Mobility Research Platform) with a budget of 700 000 euros from the EU's regional development fund to create a strong Nordic platform for developing mobile, and interactive services. The focus in Skellefteå is on mobile e-services where researchers collaborate with Skellefteå municipality and the local IT industry.
As part of the project startup, LTU Skellefteå, Skellefteå municipality, Tieto, Visma Sirius IT, Dataföreningen i Norr and Dataföreningen Skellefteå department invited into a seminar on e-services.
-Knowledge, skills and entrepreneurship is necessary to live up to the epithet of Northern Europe's epicenter for e-services, says Karl Andersson.
We hope to be able to provide a basis for increasing civic service. The project is the second largest research project within the Interreg IV A North programme.
Professor Birgitta Bergvall-Kåreborn, Pro vice-chancellor at Luleå University of Technology, pointed out the importance of needs-driven research and close cooperation between universities, society and business for continuous development. In Skellefteå the emphasis is on being more innovative in order to improve the e-services and thereby to increase the competitiveness.
-In a large municipality like Skellefteå with 72.000 inhabitants, it is more difficult to participate in decision processes. By making e-services simple, citizens can help influence our society which is important for democracy in the municipality. For Interreg IV A North, NIMO is the ultimate project.
Research, business and public sector units, all have their own area but together we can make things better. EU funding is there to be used and they will be used for development of the region, industry, research / education and meetings between people, said Ann-Christin Westerlund, City Council Chairman.