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PoliRural - Future Oriented Collaborative Policy Development for Rural Areas and People

Rural areas are under pressure. Despite being home to more than a quarter of Europe’s population and providing more than one fifth of all EU jobs, the old-fashioned image of the rural idyll is seemingly no longer valid. Over the past twenty-five years, rural regions have experienced a rapidly shrinking population as people, especially young adults, have migrated to cities with the lure of better paid jobs, modern affordable homes and more exciting lifestyles.

PoliRural is a research and innovation project designed to advance rural policy development in the age of disruptive data and technologies in order to deliver a trusted, scalable and transferable solution for policy co-creation. It brings together decision makers, experts and rural inhabitants using advanced policy simulation tools to better understand and tackle regional challenges, ultimately making rural areas and professions more attractive and liveable for established populations and recent or potential newcomers.

DIH - digital innovation hub

The purpose of DIH is to design and develop an intelligent innovation center for agriculture. The platform is designed to create links between people, companies and other entities with the knowledge and technology to assist in the implementation of innovative projects and ideas. One of the principles is also the connection of common users with developers and researchers. The second principle is to integrate different types of demo applications where farmers, developers and researchers have a chance to work together, test different APIs for new solutions, and also provide routine experiments.

The solution is based on the use of Liferay Portal including integration of tools such as SensLog, HSLayers NG etc..