Responsible Innovation in ICT – Auto Diagnosis Tool

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Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) are omnipresent in our daily lives. They serve as support for many innovations and they enable the development of new products, services, new ways of organization and approaches.

Nowadays, beyond innovative companies, any business is led to carry out projects in ICTs. The development of a website or the implementation of an information system are part of the growth of any flourishing company. These projects necessarily have environmental and social impacts, which could be keys success factors for your project, if they are properly taken into account. But you still need to know how to identify them…

This page is dedicated to ICT and sustainable development and could greatly help you, starting with providing your SME a tool to analyse and compare your ICT projects. Let’s see how we developed it, with whom and how we can go further on this matter.

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      1. RESPONSIBLE INNOVATION AUTODIAGNOSTIC IN ICT
      2. NETWORK.
      3. LINKED ARTICLES.
      4. REFERENCES.
      5. EXTERNAL LINKS.

wire ICT 1. RESPONSIBLE INNOVATION AUTO-DIAGNOSTIC IN ICT

  • Objectives

Today, most projects managers do not see how sustainable development is relevant for their project. In addition, those few who want to integrate sustainable development into their project / product / digital service often meet difficulties to identify the criteria to integrate and the questions to ask. In this context, the objectives of this auto diagnosis are:

    • Raising awareness and arouse curiosity on sustainable development and responsibility in an ICT / digital project
    • Enabling project managers to self-identify the challenges of sustainable development and responsibility associated with their project thanks to some questions / criteria.
    • Enabling project managers to determine how their ICT/digital project stands with regards to sustainable development issues.
  • Scope

The analysis focuses on digital projects (software / web …) but the tool can be used by all projects holders in ICT. Elements that have been considered were mainly:

    • The software socio-eco-design
    • The responsible management of the project
    • The use of the product / service.

The analysis of the hardware, as a support for the project, cannot be totally excluded, however, it is not about the diagnosis of the company’s ICT policy. The tool helps to diagnosis one particular ICT project.

  • Development of the tool

This auto diagnosis has been developed by a working group of 34 experts in ICT, sustainable development and/or innovation and in association with innovative SMEs. In order to be as collaborative and transnational as possible, a parallel process has been engaged: an on-site working group of twenty people and a collaborative platform remotely accessible. The work method was a key factor in achieving a rapid consensus on the wording of each question. For this matter, mind maps have helped to structure the two sessions of working group and quickly integrate the comments made online. 

Example of a mind map from a French workshop:

Mind

  • Use of the autodiagnosis

This self-diagnostic is freely accessible here. It is an assessment consisting of 40 questions directly related to responsible innovation criteria. The questionnaire is anonymous and individual. Each participant gets the profile of the project.  If you are interested, you can receive a link by email to compare your project’s profile to others profiles. An average trend will be displayed depending on total number of projects, so the comparison will evolve with in terms of quantity and quality.

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2. NETWORK

KARIM team warmly thanks all the contributors who helped to develop this tool. Thanks to all the meetings participants, who fed the collaborative platform and who gave ​​us feedbacks. We’d also like to thank the people who helped us gather the working group and make it known by experts, the agency which developed the website and the team which communicated on our work.

Aleksander BACZKO ALBA TI
Amélie BOHAS IAE Lyon
Aude CHAPPERT AGENCE REGIONALE DE DEVELOPPEMENT Paris Ile de France
Aurélien PROBST EVERNITY
Catherine VON DAHLE CENTRE FRANCILIEN DE L’INNOVATION
Charlotte FERAILLE LA FONDERIE
Damien BIDALLIER CENTRE FRANCILIEN DE L’INNOVATION
Daphné CARTHY ESSEC –ISIS (Institute for Strategic Innovation and Services)
David BOURGUIGNON David BOURGUIGNON Conseil
Denis HAUDEBAULT CENTRE FRANCILIEN DE L’INNOVATION
Enguerrand SPINDLER ALFSTORE
Franck BAU HTW Chur (Hochschule für Technik und Wirtschaft)
Francois HANAT CAP DIGITAL
Frédéric BORDAGE GREEN IT / ALLIANCE GREEN IT / GREENCODELAB
Gaelle HIN CENTRE FRANCILIEN DE L’INNOVATION
Gwenaëlle COURBE BLUEIGHT
Hélène MARTIN FORMITEL
Jérémy FAIN VERTEEGO
Lucas RAVAUX INCUBATEUR DESCARTES
Martin CREMER MFG (Medien und Filmgesellschaft) Baden-Württemberg
Martin GILMORE LANCASTER UNIVERSITY
Michael GILCHRIST UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
Michel DAIGNEY CENTRE FRANCILIEN DE L’INNOVATION
Olivier DEWAVRIN WEAVE AIR
Olivier PHILIPPOT GREENCODELAB
Pablo SANTAMARIA FORMITEL
Philippe BALIN ECOINFO / SOLCAP 21
Philippe EFFANTIN CENTRE FRANCILIEN DE L’INNOVATION
Thomas FAUVEL CENTRE FRANCILIEN DE L’INNOVATION
Sébastien TRICHEREAU EASIMEX
Serge GADBOIS CENTRE FRANCILIEN DE L’INNOVATION
Victor SCHOLTEN DELFT UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY
Vy DOAN CENTRE FRANCILIEN DE L’INNOVATION
Xavier PAVIE ESSEC –ISIS (Institute for Strategic Innovation and Services)

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3. LINKED ARTICLES

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4. REFERENCES

Here are the links and documents we used to develop the auto-diagnosis, as well as a base for documentation in our everyday work on ICT and responsible innovation.

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5. EXTERNAL LINKS

To go further in sustainability, responsible innovation in ICT, we recommend the following websites:

In order to stay connected with our work on ICT and responsible Innovation, don’t hesitate to join our LinkedIn group (to discuss larger topic on responsible innovation and stay connected with European stakeholders).

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