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European citizens do not participate equally in the Information society: in fact, the digital gap is moving down from infrastructures to uses. Based on this observation, local authorities in Europe have developed Digital Public Spaces (DPS) promoting e-inclusion.

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An example of E-COOP best practice: Digitalni Sturovci
The following practice is an indicative example of the missions, budgets and training for intermediaries to public e-services.

Digitalni Sturovci started in Slovak Republic in 2001. Several rural areas of Slovakia have lack of community centres that could provide access to ICT and internet. On the other hand, wide range of public schools with proper digital infrastructure exists. Such infrastructure was a result of process of digitalization of educational institutions through the support of EU funds in order to prepare students to the digital age. The primary objective of Digitalni Sturovci was to:

  • support schools to open their multimedia classes to local communities in order to spread digital revolution into local neighbourhood;
  • develop and organize digital public space from multimedia and computer classrooms, which are not use after school hours;
  • increase computer literacy of citizens by providing educational courses.


Many schools in Slovakia have multimedia classrooms with high-speed internet connection, which are used only during the school hours. Basic idea was to use their equipment and change these classrooms into digital public spaces. The size and area of provided services are determined by the interest of citizens and level of participation of municipalities and schools. Knowledge sharing practices are based on exchange of information between lecturers and citizens as well as transfers of knowledge between citizens. Throughout the project, 829 primary and high schools from whole territory of Slovak Republic took part in the initiative with approximately 70,000 inhabitants, that participated in the training and education. This initiative represents transfer of knowledge typical for digital public spaces. The project was awarded as the best IT project in the field of public administration at the ITAPA 2006 International Congress.

Creating such digital public spaces is accompanied by small initialization costs while using existing infrastructure, providing support for local citizens and for local schools at the same time and their mediators are trained teachers, which can use their knowledge not only for students, but also for community members. In that way, they may be considered as a form of “digital cooperative”.


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