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During the first year of the project, the FI-MEDIA partners have taken part in a number of highly relevant activities in both India and EU, enabling the presentation and explanation of the highest priortiy FI-MEDIA topics for cluster cooperation and leading to the recruitment from a pool of like-minded participants from both industry and research elements in both EU and India. 
Figure 1 summarises the events to which the FI-MEDIA partners have taken part and shows the planned upcoming events.

Figure 1 - Cluster related events in Year 1 of FI-MEDIA



The FI-MEDIA project has followed some fundamental criterion (ground rules) when identifying clusters in India and EU, including:
 1. Relevance – A focus on relevant and timely topics of mutual benefit to both countries, especially if linked to current government programmes of high priority;
2. Expertise – A focus on topics where each country has specific expertise to contribute and thus providing a high probability of success;
3. Existing - clusters – a focus on already established, highly relevant clusters/WGs/initiatives/platforms before delving on the setting up new ones from scratch;
4. Balance - Equal representation of Academic, Research and Industry, especially SMEs;
5. Authenticity - An authentic need and desire to form a cluster to cluster partnership with the other country must be evident;
6. Sustainability - Having sustainability of cluster to cluster partnerships formed as a foundational value before setting up.
 The cluster building approach followed by the project members was stepwise, as shown in Figure 2.

Figure 2 - Cluster formation process


While identifying clusters, the project members followed a systematic process to investigate the landscape of relevant themes and topics in India first and then carry out a scoping, recruitment and matching exercise with the EU constituency thereafter, to ensure there would not be a chance of having any potential mismatches between the identified clusters in India and EU. The process took longer than expected as a result, but it paid dividends as described in the report with a significant level of interest generated and commitment offered in both the India and EU participants to date. For the first year, the FI-MEDIA project is concentrating on two Cluster to Cluster (C2C) partnerships:

C2C 1: Smart villages and Agriculture: FI-Media is collaborating with the Smart Villages Forum and the IIT Delhi led Unnat Bharat Abhiyan (UBA) initiative, which is inspired by the vision of transformational change in rural development processes by leveraging knowledge institutions (IITs, NITs, IIMs etc.) to help build the architecture of an Inclusive India. The mission is conceptualised as a movement to enable processes that connect institutes of higher education with local communities to address the development challenges of rural India through participatory processes and appropriate technologies for accelerating sustainable growth. It also aims to create a virtuous cycle between the society and an inclusive university system by providing knowledge and practices for emerging professions and to upgrade the capabilities of both the public and the private sectors. Thus far, 132 villages have been identified to be taken up by various institutions. IIT Delhi has chosen a cluster of 32 villages across the country to take UBA forward. Through this C2C partnership creation, FI-media will assist IIT Delhi to bring knowledge from the European setting on smart practices guiding rural economic life to these clusters for replications in whatever form/format that is feasible and relevant. The immediate opportunity available is in agriculture monitoring and dairy production, as this is a topic of interest identified during the clustering missions in the EU. Apart from these, it will also augment e-government services to citizens, which is another topic of interest between the EU and India. Through the clustering activities, it was felt these mutually beneficial initiatives will open up opportunities for skill development and entrepreneurship. A joint C2C workshop of FI-MEDIA, Smart Villages Forum, and Unnat Bharat Abhiyan is currently scheduled for 18th December, 2015 in New Delhi, India.

C2C 2: FIWARE and Smart environments (e.g. smart campus, smart villages, smart cities). FIWARE is an EU led initiative that was started as part of a Future Internet Public Private Partnership (FI-PPP), which is comprised of an Advanced OpenStack-based Cloud + rich library of Generic Enablers (GE) that make the development process much easier by hiding complexities (e.g. protocols) from the developers. A number of the major differential features of FIWARE are available including those related to Cloud, Data, IoT, Smart city / energy related apps, MiWi, Security, privacy and others. Although born in the EU, through the FIWARE Mundus global component, FIWARE is being extended towards other regions around the world who share the ambition, including India and there is a welcomed opportunity to form a FIWARE C2C partnership with the important topics in India, such as smart campus, smart village, M2M, IoT, etc. A co-organised FIWARE C2C event is planned that will be co-located with a larger scale event being held in IIT Delhi entitled International Conference on Smart Cities (ICSC 2016) on 22nd – 23rd of January, 2016.
If interested to attend either or both of these C2C partnership events, please send your reason for interest and credentials to the FI-MEDIA coordinator, James Clarke at jclarke [at] tssg [dot] org




The overall purpose of EU – India Cooperation Platform in Future Internet and Electronic Media project (EU-INDIA FI-MEDIA) is to provide a mobility framework that will enable EU research and innovators in creating cluster to cluster partnerships within India. FI-MEDIA will develop and implement C2C partnerships between clusters created from already existing platforms/initiatives engaged in research and innovation (R&I) related to priority topics within ICT, specifically within the areas of Future Internet and Digital Electronic Media, which are key R&I hot topics for both the EU and India.

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