Over recent decades, people’s (rural and urban) communities are facing numerous social and economic changes and challenges. Some of those challenges have been increasingly addressed through the lenses of technological developments and digitalization. In this paper, we have made a review of already existing practices while focusing on the existing implementations of the Smart Village concept and the importance of digital transformation for rural areas. We give special attention to EU policies that we are using as an already existing framework for understanding our own forthcoming examples. We have shown the parallels between the findings and insights from different regions and made an evaluation of presented practices. Our main argument stems from our own previous experiences and experiences of other research approaches, and is grounded on the argument that rural areas are not uniform, and that smart rural development has to be applied in combination with place-based approach. We present the cases of Slovenian pilot practices and support our argument by proposing the FabVillage concept.

ZAVRATNIK, Veronika, KOS, Andrej, STOJMENOVA DUH, Emilija. Smart Villages : comprehensive review of initiatives and practices. Sustainability, ISSN 2071-1050, 2018, vol. 10, issue 7, str. 1-14, ilustr. http://www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/10/7/2559, doi: 10.3390/su10072559.