The purpose of the Virtual Mobility (VM) was to collaborate within ‘PED-EU-NET’ COST Action to acquire information, data and tools for the development of an interactive, updatable and user-friendly PED-Database. The Database was conceived as a tool that allows to map and compare existing concepts, strategies, case studies, projects and innovative solutions related to Positive Energy Districts in order to favour their planning and implementation in European countries. Through the analysis of different international experiences and through the participation in interactive and multidisciplinary meetings and workshops, the VM offered methodological and operative support in the definition of the PED-Database structure and, at the same time, allowed Giulia to improve her research skills, deepen PEDs knowledge and enrich her experience as a researcher.
Methodologically, the VM took advantage of a continuous and fruitful collaboration among a core team of experts with an interdisciplinary background, who have collaborated continuously on the development of the PED-Database. The work can be summarised in two main phases. In the first one, the team focused on the definition of a shared and comprehensive framework for PED-Database development, while in the second one, a list of PED relevant initiatives and projects in which COST members were involved was analysed and a screening was performed following some predefined categories and parameters.
The result is the definition of a Database that aims to raise awareness on PEDs by exchanging best practices on the design, implementation, monitoring and evaluation of these districts, by transferring knowledge of innovative solutions and by connecting this COST Action with other PED-related EU projects and initiatives to synthesise experiences and consolidate expertise.
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