A roadmap to becoming a smart village: Experiences from living labs in rural Bavaria

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https://doi.org/10.29379/jedem.v13i2.635

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Rural development, digitalization, digital transformation, bottom-up, citizens' dialogue

Abstract

This paper illustrates the measures and digital integrations being made in the course of digitalization, using the example of existing rural pilot communities in Bavaria, Germany. The participating communities were selected as part of the government-funded project "Digitales Dorf" (Engl. digital village). Since 2016, digital solutions as well as complementary actions have been identified and implemented to make everyday life in the community equal to that in the city: the main intention is to push digitalization to create equivalent living conditions to urban areas. This paper is intended to provide an overview of the requirements and steps that need to be taken in digital transformation, in order to develop a generalized blueprint for other communities. Furthermore, it introduces the pilot projects, provides an insight into best practices to promote digitalization in traditional rural areas, and focuses on the transformation process rather than on digital solutions.

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Author Biographies

Lisa-Marie Hanninger, Deggendorf Institute of Technology, Technology Campus Grafenau

Lisa-Marie Hanninger works as a research associate at Technology Campus Grafenau, a research institute at Deggendorf Institute of Technology and is the project lead of the project "Digitale Hörnerdörfer - Allgäu". She holds a Master's degree in business administration (best in class) from University of Regensburg. Before starting research at pushing digitalization in rural areas, she led projects about innovation and product development for clients in technology and finance sector at a worldwide operating marketing consulting company in Munich.

Jessica Laxa, Deggendorf Institute of Technology, Technology Campus Grafenau

Jessica Laxa works as a research associate at Technology Campus Grafenau, a research institute at Deggendorf Institute of Technology and is the technical lead in the project "Digitales Dorf". She has a Master's degree in Media Technology from Deggendorf Institute of Technology. Her technical background revolves around full-stack development and virtual reality.

Diane Ahrens, Deggendorf Institute of Technology, Technology Campus Grafenau

Diane Ahrens studied Business Management at the University of Passau. After receiving her doctorate, she acquired industry experience at the Central Global Supply Chain and Procurement Department of Siemens AG. She was appointed Professor of International Management at Hof University of Applied Sciences and Deggendorf Institute of Technology in 2003 and 2009, respectively. She is a frequently invited keynote speaker in Germany and abroad. Apart from her teaching activity, she leads a 40-person research team specializing on digitalization, data analytics and artificial intelligence.

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Published

2021-12-22

How to Cite

Hanninger, L.-M., Laxa, J., & Ahrens, D. (2021). A roadmap to becoming a smart village: Experiences from living labs in rural Bavaria. JeDEM - EJournal of EDemocracy and Open Government, 13(2), 89–109. https://doi.org/10.29379/jedem.v13i2.635

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Research Papers