Private-Public ecosystem for research and innovation
Rapid advances in digital technologies (e.g. Cloud computing, Semantic Web) combined with an increasing capability to monitor our planet through a web of sensors (e.g. eScience data like Earth Observation from space, crowd-sourcing and data mining, in-situ networks, Smart and Wireless Sensors, Internet of Things, etc.), have led to a true Data Revolution, whereby Petabytes of data are now routinely generated to support growth. The Rapid transition of Research towards Science 2.0 shows the on-going systematic changes in doing Research and organizing Science driven by rapid advances in ICT and Digital Technologies, combined with a growing demand to do Science for Society (actionable research) and in Society (co-design of knowledge) . Data provide the foundation of eScience to advance our understanding of how our planet operates as an integrated system. The digital revolution is now changing the way of doing and organising research, by fostering a new world of data-intensive research, referred as Open Science , characterized by openness, access to large volume of complex data, availability of community tools, unprecedented level of computing power, and global collaboration among researchers and new actors, such as citizen scientists. At the same time, the open data revolution provides the fuel for the development of innovative services, offering incredible opportunities to young entrepreneurs to turn data into highly innovative commercial ventures, and to companies to diversify their services/products and reposition their business chains. In this context, in order to foster the next generation of data-driven digital start-ups in Europe, we propose the development of a regional Public Private Partnership of stakeholders interested in sharing data, know-how and infrastructures. This ecosystem will be supported by the already existing infrastructures of the Research Centres mainly based in Frascati area, which can share a huge amount of data through open software and gain by the existing ESA BICs infrastructures (Business Incubation Centres) . The Lazio Pulse Initiative aims to foster the development of innovative services addressing Grand societal challenges, by fostering the development of an ecosystem of industries and SMEs, developers, entrepreneurs and data scientists harnessing the power of eScience. This ecosystem will be facilitated by the sharing of infrastructure of Research Centers in Frascati, which will provide a large amount of data through open software systems and will make use of the ESA business incubator (BICs) for entrepreneurship support. Also, important to note that this initiative goes well beyond a simple project but provides a framework or venture to propel innovation ecosystems transversal to several different sectors: • Space • Life sciences • Cultural and Creative industries • Agrifood • Security • Environment • Smart, green and integrated transport • e-Health and Wellbeing Although there exist several initiatives on innovation in Europe and globally (e.g. Technology and Knowledge and Innovation Communities KICs in Europe, iHub in Africa), our approach remains unique due to its scope, specific focus on eScience Data, and its integrated infrastructure and service offer capitalizing on existing Regional Research Centres and industries’ assets.