EU FP7 and Horizon 2020 Framework
The role of Twitter in the shared knowledge of community research projects.
27 maggio 2016
In 1984 development plans have been created with the aim to support European innovation and after quarter of a century EU ventures and investments have been developed every five years so that researchers’ funds have been increased considerably.
Horizon 2020, even if it is keeping the increased available budget – up to 80 billion euros – breaks up with the previous seven framework programmes. Priorities have been rethought, along with funds proposal, in order to make the projects sharper and to increase possible returns directly to the market, to the business development and to the social challenges of Europe.
The results achieved by these projects realised in collaboration with universities, companies and public organisations, are often vaguely perceived by European citizens who rarely are aware of the several initiatives organised by development plans.
From an historical perspective, projects pertinent to the development plan FP7 have been the first that took advantage of the Social Media potentiality to enlarge audience’s research.
Opening European researches’ experimentations to a wider community than stakeholders only allowed several consumers to understand and being involved in innovations developed by research groups in different fields.
Following these results, we decided to study the projects related to the development plan FP7 that used a Social Media account to spread content and resources related to risk communication and preparedness, disaster risk reduction and early warning systems.
From this assets have been developed several European research initiatives that shared experiences, studies and new technological applications via Social Media, Twitter in particular, all useful to develop combined strategies and know how for the growth of knowledge and capacity to answer to European communities disasters.
Which are the projects that interacted with consumers to better empower and build a community through researches able to expand the knowledge of the results?
Studying Twitter enables us to discover these accounts day by day, allowing us to build knowledge and relationships to share with the whole community of researchers.
More than 30 accounts oversee, at different levels, fields of studies similar to the security and civil protection, 17 of which related to the Cooperation plan FP7, that can be followed to discover each operation and results in the following accounts Twitter listed in an open and available list:
Projects are spreads all over the Europe with the participation of different research institutions, universities and companies from all the geographical areas of the continent. The following map shows the FP7 project region by region depends on the Project Coordinator location.