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Digital Villages (“Digitale Dörfer”)

A digital platform for rural areas

In the “Digital Villages” project, Fraunhofer IESE demonstrates how digitalization opens up new opportunities for rural areas. The project was launched in summer 2015 with the aim of developing a digital ecosystem for rural areas in Rhineland-Palatinate. Since then, digital services in the areas of communication, local supply, mobility, and municipal administration have been created, which are networked with each other via a central platform. The project focuses on villages and rural municipalities and wants to investigate the challenges of modern life in rural areas in terms of digitalization.

The Digital Villages

Spreading from Rhineland-Palatinate to all of Germany: The Digital Villages Platform is being used all over Germany. Is your village already part of it? [in German]

[in German]

Digital Villages (“Digitale Dörfer“) on Social Media

Our Products

With DorfFunk, DorfNews, and LösBar we connect rural areas, strengthen the community, and open up new opportunities for local businesses. [in German]

Living Lab

Fraunhofer IESE offers a Living lab for shaping rural areas. As a development and evaluation platform, it creates the necessary infrastructure for examining and developing new ideas for innovative products.

Digital Villages at a Glance

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The transition to the digital world has been going on for a long time already, and now it is happening in our rural areas as well. With the help of the Digital Villages, everyone has their digital village in their pocket and thereby fast access to our digital services in the area. [in German]