Glossary of Terms




A written supplementary agreement that modifies the Grant Agreement.

Beneficiary (of the Project)

In financial terms, the organisation, institution or individual with whom the contract for receiving a grant from the European Commission is signed.


Business Model.


The European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) is an Agency of the European Union which supports development of European vocational education and training (VET) policies and contributes to their implementation.

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Cultural and Creative Industries.


Creative Knowledge Platform.


The group of Partners.

Consortium Agreement

The Partnership Agreement.


The organisation or institution in charge of the project implementation and communication as well as the coordination of activities among the involved partners. It also holds the formal link between the project and the programme authority on behalf of the consortium of partner organisations. The coordinator of the DeuS project  is Fondazione Matera-Basilicata 2019.


Continuing Education and Training – Education or training after initial education and training – or after entry into working life.

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Defaulting Partner

A Partner in material breach of the Grant Agreement, the Partnership Agreement or this Project Management Handbook.


The Project (acronym).


The Digital Competence Framework is a digital competence framework created by the European Commission that aims to facilitate the development and understanding of digital competences in Europe.

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The planned process of providing information on the project activities and outcomes to key stakeholders.


European Capitals of Culture (ECoC) are an initiative of the European Union that aims to use culture and art as a means of improving the quality of life in these cities and strengthening their sense of community.

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The European Credit system for Vocational Education and Training (ECVET) is a European instrument designed to support lifelong learning, the mobility of learners and the flexibility of learning pathways, and the recognition of qualifications of the different vocational education and training systems in place in Europe.

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The European Entrepreneurship Competence Framework created by the European Commission is a reference framework to explain what is meant by an entrepreneurial mindset. It can be adapted to support the development and understanding of entrepreneurial competence in any setting.

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The European Qualifications Framework (EQF) is a translation tool that helps understand and compare qualifications awarded in different countries and by different education and training systems. Its eight levels are described in terms of learning outcomes: knowledge, skills and competences.

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The planned process of maximising the successful project results beyond the lifetime of the project. It involves:

– a) transferring them to appropriate decision-makers in regulated at local, regional, national and European levels (‘mainstreaming’);

– b) convincing individual end-users to adopt and/or apply them (‘multiplication’).

Final Report

The implementation report and financial statement covering the entire period of the Project. Submitted within two months of the formal end date of the Project as indicated in the Grant Agreement.


Grant Agreement.


Timetable of the project.


Information and Communications Technology is a system consisting of hardware, software, data and the people who use them.


Initial Education and Training – General or vocational education and training carried out in the initial education system, usually before entering working life.

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A Local Innovation Ecosystem is an enabling environment and infrastructure that allows people to engage in iterative processes of innovation and problem solving to generate solutions to local challenges and deliver them to the people who need them.

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Living Labs. Living Labs are defined as user-centred, open innovation ecosystems based on a systematic user co-creation approach integrating research and innovation processes in real life communities and settings.

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M1, M2, etc

Month 1, Month 2, etc.


In the framework of the DeuS project, the Management Board (MB) is an internal management group which is made up of one project manager for each partner responsible for the overall decision-making.


The continuous and systematic control of the project’s progress. Monitoring consists of supervising the implementation of the planned activities,  comparing the progress made with the initial work plan and using the information obtained for the improvement of the project.


A massive open online course (MOOC) is an online course that has open access and interactive participation by means of the Web.


Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises.

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A national qualifications framework (NQF) is an instrument used to classify a country’s qualifications at different levels. Each level is defined by a set of learning outcomes expected at that level.

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Open Design School is a laboratory of interdisciplinary experimentation and innovation, born as a pillar project at the service of the realisation of the cultural programme of Matera 2019, and the groundwork from which the DeuS project stems.

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Open Educational Resources are teaching, learning and research materials in any medium – digital or otherwise – that reside in the public domain or are accessible free of charge with no or limited restrictions.

P1, P2 – P10

The project beneficiaries as assigned by number.


A Beneficiary, being one of the entities identified In Annex I of the Grant Agreement.

Partnership agreement

The agreement made between all Partners to govern a number of issues that will or may arise during the lifetime of the Project (e.g. collaboration methods, tasks, financial provisions, intellectual property rights, etc.).

Progress report

An interim report and financial statement on the implementation of the Project, as submitted in accordance with the deadline indicated in the Grant Agreement.


Research and Innovation Smart Specialisation Strategy – National/regional research and innovation strategies for smart specialisation focusing on economic development efforts and investments on each region’s relative strengths, exploiting its economic opportunities and emerging trends, and taking action to boost economic growth.

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A Registered Training Organisation is a provider and assessor of nationally recognised vocational education and training.


In the framework of the DeuS project, the Steering Group is an external management group which is made up of the project’s target groups and stakeholders and is responsible for providing strategic guidance to the project partners.


Small and Medium-sized Enterprises. SMEs are defined by the European Commission as having less than 250 persons employed. They should also have an annual turnover of up to EUR 50 million, or a balance sheet total of no more than EUR 43 million.

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With the support of the Erasmus+ programme, Sector Skills Alliances (SSA) are projects designed to tackle skills, aligning vocational education and training (VET) systems with labour market needs.

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Vocational Education Training (VET) is a key element of lifelong learning systems, which equip citizens with knowledge, skills and competences required in particular occupations and on the labour market.

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Work Package.


Work Package Leader.

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