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ETAPAS Project

Approach

The ETAPAS project brings together Public Administrations, Digital Innovation Hubs, IT SMEs, Universities and Research Organisations as well as Industrial Players, so as to involve all points of view relevant to the project objectives. These actors will collaborate in the development of the various work packages:

Work Package 1 - Project Management (lead: MEF)

The first work package is intended to manage the delivery of the ETAPAS project according to time, costs and quality targets, while helping the achieving of project’s objectives. This work package will provide the overall coordination of activities including the financial, technical and administrative coordination of the project, as well as will guarantee the liaison with the EU Commission and a smooth communication within the partnership. It will also ensure organisation of periodical project meeting, monitoring of progress and risk minimising. 

Work Package 2 - Responsible DT Adoption: Ethical Principles & Legal Framework Definition (lead: KTH)

The second work package analyses the context of Disruptive Technologies adoption in the public sector, drafting a literature review and highlighting both positive and negative aspects relevant to public administration and service provision. Furthermore, it deals with the definition of a Code of Conduct outlining the steps to be taken to address ethical issues in relation to disruptive technologies in public administration. Finally, it aims at identifying the ethical risks and the social impacts associated with DTs to gain an understanding of the different important ways in which these risks can affect public administration and service provision and their significance. 

Public Deliverables: Literature review on ethical, legal and social aspects of DTs; Code of conduct for DTs; Report on potential risks of DTs in PA; Legal implications of the use of disruptive technologies in the public sector.

Work Package 3 - Responsible DT indicators and metrics definition (lead: PwC)

This work package deals with the definition of indicators and metrics for assessing ethical and social impacts of the adoption of Disruptive Technologies in the Public Sector. Moreover, it will elaborate measurement guidelines for the defined indicators and metrics, as well as a methodology for validating the completeness and specialisation of the set of indicators.

Public deliverables: Responsible DT indicators and metrics; Measurement Guidelines.

Work Package 4 - Use Case Driven Implementation & Validation (lead: CEA)

The fourth is the work package that deals with the implementation of the four Use Cases to test and validate the previously developed RDT framework. It will coordinate the carrying out of the use cases by the four European Public Organisation, provide reports and feedback on testing and validate the framework. 

Public deliverables: Report on MEF use case implementation and feedback; Report on IIT use case implementation and feedback; Municipality chatbot use case: Report on implementation and feedback for RDT framework; Report on CERTH use case implementation and feedback.

Work Package 5 – ETAPAS Prototype Development (lead: 2021.AI)

This work package is responsible for the development of the ETAPAS prototypical platform. It will first translate into a usable digital format of the defined RDT framework including principles, risks and social impacts, as well as metrics and indicators. Then, it will develop the software prototype for the measurement and monitoring of the defined RDT Indicators. Finally, it will build relevant connectors to enable data collection and analysis of the four use cases.

Work Package 6 - DT Governance Model Definition (lead: LC)

This work package aims at finalising the RDT framework and defining a governance model for the responsible adoption of disruptive technologies, starting from the analysis and definition of lessons learnt on the use cases stemming from the pilots. In particular, work package activities will involve a review of the RDT framework components to add insights from the use cases and feedback from the engaged stakeholders of the corresponding European PAs. Furthermore, the WP will lead to the definition of a governance model based on the insights from each of the pilots, describing the activities and processes for the PAs to deliver an ethical, social and legal adoption of disruptive technologies.

Public deliverables: Updated ETAPAS Framework; Use Cases' analysis and lesson learnt; DT Governance Model Definition.

Work Package 7 - Communication, Dissemination & Exploitation (lead: PwC)

The seventh work package deals with planning, implementation and coordination of communication and dissemination activities by Consortium Partners, aiming at disseminating the project results as widely as possible to an expert and non-expert audience. Such activities will provide stakeholders at European and National level with information concerning the ETAPAS project’s activities, events and achievements. In particular, the project’s findings will be presented to the future users (e.g. PAs) along with instructions and guidelines, to discuss if the findings meet their expectations and needs. Moreover, the work package involves the assessment and planning of exploitation activities for core ETAPAS results, through the definition of a methodology to assess the scientific, technical, and commercial impact of the project and through the delivering of specific business plans. Great attention will be given to the engagement of industrial stakeholders and DIH networks.

Public deliverables: Project website; ETAPAS policy briefs.

Work Package 8 – Ethics Requirements (lead: MEF)

Finally, work package 8 addresses ETAPAS compliance with ethical principles. The activities of this WP are designed to bring to the submission of the eight ethical deliverables required by the European Commission.