RCUK Digital Economy Programme
SiDE is funded through the Digital Economy Programme. Led by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC), the Digital Economy programme brings together the work of EPSRC and that of the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC), the Medical Research Council (MRC) and the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC.
The Programme aims to realise the transformational impact of ICT for all aspects of business, society and government by bringing together the underpinning technologies and focusing on understanding the impacts of the research and what drives users. A central element of the DE Programme is the funding of 3 research hubs to carry out research and training from 2009 to 2014. These centres are building capacity and expertise in the skills needed to realise the Digital Economy. The 3 RCUK Digital Economy Hubs are:
Social inclusion through the Digital Economy (SiDE): Newcastle University and University of Dundee – aiming to tackle social exclusion by making it easier for people to access the life-changing benefits offered by digital technologies.
dot.rural: University of Aberdeen – exploring the contribution digital technologies can make to enhancing key services, generating business opportunities, boosting quality of life and promoting the economic, social and environmental sustainability of rural areas across the UK.
Horizon: University of Nottingham – helping to connect people with digital technology to radically improve the way we live, work, play, and travel. The centre is developing new ways to use the electronic ‘footprints’ we leave behind whenever we use mobile, internet and other digital technologies, and new ways to use digital technologies to help business and stimulate economic growth.