Analysis of e‐inclusion projects in Russia, Austria and Switzerland

Björn Niehaves (European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS), Münster, Germany)
Ralf Plattfaut (European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS), Münster, Germany)
Elena Gorbacheva (European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS), Münster, Germany)
Peter H. Vages (European Research Center for Information Systems (ERCIS), Münster, Germany)

Interactive Technology and Smart Education

ISSN: 1741-5659

Publication date: 1 June 2010

Abstract

Purpose

The issue of digital divide is widely discussed in research as well as in practice. Today, especially senior citizens are excluded from the merits of using information and communication technologies (ICT). This paper aims to study municipal projects for an inclusive information society in Russia, Austria, and Switzerland.

Design/methodology/approach

In this paper 50 cities are selected from each country studied based on three variables. In each city, all age‐related e‐inclusion projects are analyzed to find commonalities and varieties.

Findings

Results show that in all countries the projects share several commonalities. However, project ideas are not shared internationally.

Research limitations/implications

The research is limited by the selection of countries and cities. Future research should compare the results of other countries.

Practical implications

Decision makers in municipalities should look for successful e‐inclusion projects in other areas, not only nationally but also internationally.

Originality/value

This paper presents a first comparative analysis of e‐inclusion projects in several European countries.

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Citation

Niehaves, B., Plattfaut, R., Gorbacheva, E. and Vages, P. (2010), "Analysis of e‐inclusion projects in Russia, Austria and Switzerland", Interactive Technology and Smart Education, Vol. 7 No. 2, pp. 72-84. https://doi.org/10.1108/17415651011071019

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Emerald Group Publishing Limited

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