The idea for KEEP arose from the need to get an overview of INTERREG / European Territorial Cooperation projects as this information was and is only stored at programme level so far. KEEP is intended to be a mechanism for capturing and comparing this information at a European level, linking Cooperation to a wider European perspective by enabling an aggregate data search and statistical evidence of the results of cooperation.
KEEP demonstrates the effectiveness of TERRITORIAL COOPERATION by
Giving a complete picture of what is going on and where in ETC programmes
Linking ETC projects to EU policies and projects under other programmes
Virtual community, with the aim of increasing interaction where people meet.
Setting up of thematic communities of practice, inter-programme thematic events/networks
Mechanisms to invite feedback and incentives for good quality of on going projects and the creation of a European Knowledge Pool.
Providing convincing statistical evidence on the results of cooperation
Creating a project culture that target the identification of change and transferable results
Allowing regions for a deep understanding of shared challenges and experiences to date
The key benefits / services of programmes/projects
An overview of the past and present projects and partners involved
A basis of knowledge that targets to the identification and transfer of results
A capacity building platform allowing programmes to learn from each others
A benchmark for programmes in order to raise the standards for cooperation projects
A support for programmes in their own regions communicating benefits of cooperation and selling the results to a wider audience
A system to saving time and achieving better outputs by building on the results of previous projects
A partner development site with an analysis and identification of partnership which could usefully cooperate in the future
Who is KEEP for?
Stakeholders of KEEP comprise Programmes (as the most important stakeholder), Projects, Policy Makers, Political Aides, Media, Private and Public Sector Institutions and the General Public. There are different potential services/functions of KEEP according to the different stakeholders and their needs.
What is KEEP?
KEEP is a complex system that consists of three major elements:
2) Mapping system
3) Public website
2) Mapping system
3) Public website
KEEP is an open access database. The records of the KEEP Database contents are available on the web to be searched by anyone using the Internet. All information and tools included in KEEP are freely available and ready to download and use. The KEEP database comprises major project and partner related data from all INTERREG III and IV programmes. Ideally all approved projects from 79 programmes of the previous funding period 2000-2006 and all 69 programmes of the current funding period 2007-2013 shall be collected and integrated. KEEP is conceived as interactive system with links to geocoding. This specific feature allows the user to see maps indicating the location of projects and partners, and provides all kind of visualizations (such as “hot spots” for several themes).
Where does the information in KEEP come from?
The work of finding and collecting information on the INTERREG projects started using the data stored in the ESPON database of INTERREG III Projects and the INTERACT project database. These were used as a starting point to collect, collate and organize the data of all projects into a coherent system for the 2000-2006 INTERREG III Programmes. A constant contact with the MA/JTS bodies to get from them as much reliable and comprehensive projects' data as possible was established in order to update and complete all the projects' data related to the INTERREG III and European territorial cooperation programming period. Currently in KEEP:
Currently in KEEP:
How will KEEP be further developed?
KEEP in its current version is considered as finalised. However, there will be continuing further development of the system in terms of project data and website features. In this sense, KEEP will be continuously growing, specifically by integrating also more interactive elements allowing direct exchange between the entire ETC-Community.
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