The implementation of the VOICE project started in September 2014 and the innovvoice platform is scheduled to be up and running in Q1 2016. The project is currently being implemented progressively based on a systematic approach.
The steps to be followed are:
  • the identification of the different end users/stakeholders and their requirements to be translated into the VOICE specifications
  • the analysis and definition of the ecosystem specifications
  • the design and development of the mechanisms, methods and tools of the VOICE observatory, for gathering, analysing and assessing ecosystem data
  • the definition of the content specifications and their implementation for the facilitation of integration of user-generated content
  • the definition of system specifications and their implementation for supporting business and technical processes, ie. through open-source tools, open content and open educational resources integrated in the system
  • the design of two project pilots for the evaluation of the proposed ecosystem: one intra-project pilot involving all project partners across 6 EU countries (Denmark, Greece, Italy, Luxembourg, Poland and UK) and Australia and one large-scale, operational-phase pilot that will be functioning in a real-life setting for a period of at least 6 months involving a broad global network
  • the production and publication of papers, best practices and case studies associated with the design, deployment and pilot testing of the VOICE ecosystem as well as the stimulation of interest and engagement in the VOICE ecosystem, building a sustainable network among three key stakeholders: a) B2C segment: individuals, b) B2B segment: potential associate partners and c) B2G segment: national, regional and EU authorities as well as governmental institutions and agencies
  • the identification and establishment of the most appropriate legal entity to commercially exploit the project results beyond the project lifespan.
These steps and expected results correspond to respective deliverables to be produced by the partners within the framework of the project implementation. In parallel, project management, communication and dissemination as well as exploitation activities are being implemented horizontally throughout the project phases.

Produced deliverables include:

  • Stakeholders’ definition & Use case scenarios
    This deliverable focuses on defining and identifying stakeholders that would constructively participate in the VOICE ecosystem, positioning them within this ecosystem. The analysis of each category of stakeholders is based on desk research and the input from expert interviews. The profiles of stakeholders are described while a list of related value networks and innovation ecosystems is included. Use cases of the platform are developed to describe the set of stakeholders and their likely interactions with the system and each other.
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  • Requirements Elicitation
    This deliverable focuses on the specification and elicitation of requirements for the VOICE system. The requirements take into account the needs, skills, capabilities and existing systems of the widest practical range of potential users and cover system processes, methods of access and provisioning and user-system interactions. This deliverable is an internal reference document for the other project tasks, establishing a requirements baseline for all the involved stakeholders. It presents the process followed for the definition of requirements coming from different interviews, surveys as well as through hand-on experience of the stakeholders with the legacy system. Based on the previous deliverable on “Stakeholders’ definition & Use case scenarios”, this document goes one step further with the following objectives: a) analysing the list of relevant stakeholders for VOICE domain, in terms of their needs, concerns and activities, b) identifying the requirements of the VOICE ecosystem and platform both from the initial interviews with the stakeholders as well as through their experimentation and familiarisation with the legacy system, upon which VOICE will be built. The contributions of this deliverable will be used in the deliverables to follow.
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  • Micro-Ecosystem Specifications
    This deliverable defines and analyses the business specifications of the VOICE ecosystem. This definition takes into account the results from a best-practices analysis of other successful ecosystem as well as the vision of VOICE towards becoming an online accelerator that will empower the entrepreneurial activity. The business specifications of the VOICE ecosystem are provided along with community-related issues. Those aspects take into account the key findings from the use case scenarios and requirements elicitation process.

  • Ecosystem Observatory Specifications
    The VOICE observatory will gather, analyse and assess the anonymous, open innovation data that depict user activity, engagement, collective activity, co-creation environment, enablers and obstacles in the entrepreneurial and innovation process. This document focuses on the design and specifications for the VOICE observatory. It identifies datasets, analytical metrics, analytical applications that are necessary for building the functionalities of the VOICE observatory. These analytical materials provide a foundation for the production of basic statistics as well as advanced analytics of innovation activities to meet the needs of different stakeholders. In addition, this document identifies requirements for the seamless integration of the VOICE observatory into the VOICE system.
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  • Content Specifications
    This deliverable focuses on the specification of the different kind of contents employed in the VOICE ecosystem. The specification is first introduced at a conceptual level and then, for any concept contained in this abstract representation, examples are provided. Additionally, the document introduces the services that are built on top of the content specification.
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  • System specifications
    This deliverable provides the framework for designing pilots of VOICE in terms of their specifications, operations and assessment process. A staged approach with 2 consecutive pilot phases has been selected toward the evaluation of the ecosystem: an intra-project pilot, involving the project partners and their direct networks to assess the project prototype and provide input for the ecosystem refinement prior to the full-scale market launch and the large-scale operational pilot, involving a broad European and global community.

  • Pilots Design, Operations & Assessment
    This deliverable provides the framework for designing pilots of VOICE in terms of their specifications, operations and assessment process. A staged approach with 2 consecutive pilot phases has been selected toward the evaluation of the ecosystem: an intra-project pilot, involving the project partners and their direct networks to assess the project prototype and provide input for the ecosystem refinement prior to the full-scale market launch and the large-scale operational pilot, involving a broad European and global community.
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  • Initial Dissemination Plan
    This deliverable provides the VOICE Project Initial Dissemination Plan, outlining the VOICE Project communication objectives and laying down the consortium Communication and Dissemination Strategy to achieve them. The plan presents the basic general principles of communication, the VOICE Project communication phases and specific communication objectives per phase, an analysis of stakeholders, their profile and information needs, accompanied by an overview of the communication tools and channels needed to address them. The partners’ already existing actual and direct communication channels are analysed and assessed while all current and potential communication and dissemination tools for the VOICE Project are dealt with in detail.

  • Basic promotional material
    The project basic promotional material [logo.jpg, logo_white.png & white_shadow.png, innovvoice info-booklet, powerpoint template] is an important element in the visual communication of the project to the general public. The common design ensures and safeguards a uniform presentation and profile. The material serves to raise interest in the project goals and objectives and to engage future potential users to visit the online accelerator, website and social media profiles. Furthermore, it explains VOICE and the planned functions of the accelerator in an interesting way.
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  • Project Presentation Website
    The project website is the main communication tool of project - http://www.voice-project.eu/. It provides general information about the VOICE project, including background information, goals, planned activities and a description of the beneficiaries involved as well as their contact details. Furthermore, it hosts and internal workspace to support project management and the filing of internal documents. The website will be regularly updated with project specific news, progress, deliverables and milestones, but also with additional information relevant to the actions of VOICE (especially news on EU policy developments and news regarding acceleration and innovation, such as publication, conferences and other events).
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This project has been funded with the support from the European Commission.
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