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Regional Development And Web 2.0- Applications

Manfred Walser & Ulrich Radzieowski

abstract The region Walgau is located in the Austrian Federal State of Vorarlberg. The 21 municipalities started a three years development programme to develop common goals and to enhance the inter-communal cooperation. The region is characterized by a dispersed structure of settlement and differences between the more agricultural oriented mountainside and the more industrialized bottom of the valley. For this one of the main goals of process is to establish a regional learning process about different requirements and living conditions.
The increasing meaning of the Web 2.0 (social web) is discussed in different fields of politics and society but less in regional development activities. The Web 2.0 means the interactive part of the Internet in which users generate their own environments and issues by communicating, sharing, collecting and co-working in social network sites (SNS).
At a first glance it seems promising to use such platforms to enhance the group of activists and to promote and discuss the issues of a regional development process. But the experiment also can fail if the target group of such kind of web activities strongly differ from the actors interested in such processes. In this case we have to state that the instrument and the issue fall apart. In the regional development process 'Im Walgau' a regional Wiki started in February 2010 as an experiment of a public discourse on regional development issues.
The paper starts with a general introduction into the issue. Section 1 gives a short theoretical overview on the specific quality of web 2.0- applications concerning concepts, users, target groups, culture, and inherent rationality. Section 2 introduces the methodological design and the concept of communication of the regional development process Walgau and the role of web 2.0 applications. It provides first empirical results of the internet participation. Section 3 formulates some first considerations on the issue.
   
type conference paper (English)
   
keywords Regional development, web 2.0, social web, informal learning
   
name of conference 50th European Congress ot the Regional Science Association ERSA (Jönköping)
date of conference 19-8-2010
title of proceedings Sustainable Regional Growth and Development in the Creative Knowledge Economy
publisher European Regional Science Association (Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium)
review not reviewed
   
citation Walser, M., & Radzieowski, U. (2010). Regional Development And Web 2.0- Applications. In Sustainable Regional Growth and Development in the Creative Knowledge Economy. Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium: European Regional Science Association.