Which new opportunities does digitalization open up for our rural areas?
The “Digital Villages” project has been dedicated to answering this question since 2015. “Digital Villages 3” started in December 2019 as the third phase of the “Digital Villages” project.
In the third phase of the project, we, i.e., Fraunhofer IESE and the Rhineland-Palatinate Development Agency, are taking on the challenge of making municipal political involvement in rural areas more attractive again. This gave rise to the idea of developing a web application that municipal stakeholders can use to retrieve statistical data and recommendations for action in order to obtain support for making their decisions.
To make this possible, statistical data on municipalities in Rhineland-Palatinate is being collected and evaluated. This data is then used to group the municipalities into clusters, which are in turn compared with regard to various topic areas, such as demographics, digitalization, and future-proof municipal development. The data and findings are made available to municipal politicians via a web application. Based on these data and findings, political decisions can then be made more easily and in a more informed manner. In addition, a seminar concept is being developed and offered to the municipal stakeholders.