Lead organization: 
University of Modena and Reggio Emilia

Call for proposal: CEF TELECOM CALLS FOR PROPOSALS 2016 - CEF-TC-2016-2
Programme priority: Connecting Europe Facility 2014-2020
Call priority: Public Open Data
Project acronym: RE-SEARCH ALPS
Project title: Research Laboratories in the Alpine Area
Lead partner: University of Modena and Reggio Emilia
Project duration: 24 months
Start date: April 2017
Closure date: April 2019
Project value: 862,830 EUR (granted 50%)

Project content

The idea behind the RE-SEARCH ALPS project has been conceived inside the EUSALP Action Group 1 - “to develop an effective research and innovation ecosystem” (AG1).
The project consists in a tool to support the systemic goal to enhance innovation ecosystems is to know and map Laboratories and Research Centers in the Alpine Macroregion. This knowledge is extremely valuable, since scientific and technical laboratories, research centers, innovation centers (both public and private) are pillars of the endowment for the supply of scientific and technical knowledge to the society. They constitute an asset to support economic and social development. Data on those infrastructure are valuable to develop tools for users (enterprises, public administrations, universities, service centers, among others) that are complementary in industrial policy measures supporting SMEs in using knowledge-intensive services and research activities provided by labs in the area. At present there is no systematic information to address those issues in the EUSALP countries.
EUSALP support to the RE-SEARCH ALPS project will also provide a robust testbed for its extension to other EU countries. Relevant interactions with Elsevier will provide support for further integration of relevant data.

The project will allow to support the research and development process to know:

  1. what the laboratories and research centers do
  2. where they are located
  3. where excellence emerges, according to research fields / themes and numbers (active researchers, published papers, won prizes, running EU projects, gotten patents, etc)
  4. people working in a specific center and determining its excellence
  5. network of relations they highlight in their websites

The project is strongly based on the CEF Building Blocks for data translation and user identification.
The RE-SEARCH ALPS project consortium is led by the University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, and includes two other technical partners (C-Radar, FR and UNIMI, IT). A number of Public Administrations, acting as data providers and application users, is included in the consortium, thus guaranteeing the maximum coverage of the dataset and a high quality and usability of the data and tool.

Expected results

The RE-SEARCH ALPS project aims at achieving three main results:

  1. definition of a standard set of metadata (based and extending the ones adopted at the national level and defined by the INSPIRE Geoportal) able to represent laboratories, research and innovation centers (referred as “labs”, in short, in the rest of the document)
  2. publication of an open dataset describing the laboratories, innovation and research centers existing in the seven countries of EUSALP, with particular reference to the 48 Regions constituting the Alpine Area
  3. development of a semantic and multilingual web application for supporting users in querying the dataset, retrieving the results in open and structured formats and visualizing geo-referenced data


  • Università di Modena e Reggio Emilia (LP) - IT
  • Data Publica -C-radar - FR
  • Università degli Studi di Milano - IT
  • Ministère de l’éducation nationale, de l’enseignement supérieur et de la recherche (MENESR) – Secrétariat d’Etat à l’enseignement supérieur et à la recherche - FR
  • Ministero dell’Istruzione, dell’Università e della Ricerca (MIUR) - IT

and supported with letter of reference by:

  • Fondazione AGIRE - CH
  • FTI - AT
  • Ministry of Education Science and Sport - SI
  • Elsevier - NL