Digital Agenda for Europe
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Georgios Ioannidis
27/01/2015 - 10:27

Get on stage with mymeedia!

This is a guest blog post written by George Ioannidis, director of IN2 and Maxiculture project partner

All major events nowadays engage on social media to share updates and inform participants and online visitors about what is going on. What happens though to all this content once the event is over? It fades out and becomes part of the "social noise", it cannot be retrieved, and there is no way for event organisers to make it relevant again. Until now. Continue reading and you’ll find a solution proposed by an EU funded project.

Event websites functioned as the main marketing medium before the event and social media during the event. However, due to the nature of current social networks and their primary segmentation by content type (e.g. Twitter short live messages, Instagram/

Adam Watson Brown
16/01/2015 - 15:43

Friendly, Foresightly Disruption of the 2016/2017 H2020 workplan – new study

Long before wrapping up the Digital Futures project, DG Connect's foresight micro-team launched its next gig, an exploration of whether participatory foresight could bring anything useful to the planning process for the next work plan of the H2020 research programme. The project sought to answer the brief but complex question What type of research should be funded by the public purse? The study that marks the culmination of this project - Foresight Services to support strategic programming within Horizon 2020 – is now available. Continue reading to find out more and to download the report.

For those unfamiliar with foresight,

Ariel Oleksiak
23/12/2014 - 10:53

Can data centres be leaders of energy efficiency? CoolEmAll tools can help to make it happen

They use around 2% of the total energy usage worldwide which equals to the total consumption by the aviation industry - comparison that I still find surprising! Moreover, data centres market grows quickly due to development of industry and science but also to the enormous growth of the social networks and multimedia use.

What else should attract a special attention to the data centres efficiency? Since data centres actually consist of IT infrastructure, they provide great opportunities of monitoring and control functions that are not available, without additional and costly instrumentation, in many other industries. I think that this fact along with their substantial energy consumption make data centres ideal candidates to be leaders of energy efficiency and to pave the way for other domains.

CoolEmAll approach and tools

The CoolEmAll

Dipak Kalra
19/12/2014 - 09:50

Breaking down the Tower of Babel in Medicine

This is a guest blog post written by Prof Dipak Kalra, President of EuroRec, Scientific co-ordinator of SemanticHealthNet

Imagine you have your medical record posted in a safe place in the cloud. You can read it in words you can understand, any time your want. You can take it with you on any trip abroad, for doctors to read it in any language in any country you choose to travel to. Your general practitioner and your specialist(s) can access it, but also any emergency doctor admitting you, unconscious from an accident or a medical crisis.

Europe is building electronic highways of medical information, called eHEALTH platforms. These allow the medical information to circulate freely but privacy-protected between health care providers, institutions, policy makers, and researchers.  However, building highways is not enough to enable safe traffic flows. In order

Evagelos Kosmidis
18/12/2014 - 12:04

E-government and cloud-services: a Win-Win combination

This is a guest blog post written by Evagelos Kosmidis, project coordinator of e-Enviper

As owner of a very small size enterprise (v-SME) from Greece and a citizen of Europe, every day in my professional and personal life, I realize the need of better public services (e-government) and how the improvement and the “cloud-ification” of these services can really be a win-win situation for all involved parties.

As coordinator of e-Enviper, a project funded by the PSP-CIP programme and dealing with the improvement of environmental permitting procedures through the deployment of a workflow management software and based on cloud services, I faced a lot of challenges both in managerial and technical issues.

Throughout the course of the project I have learnt a

Kai Rannenberg
17/12/2014 - 10:17

Can you gain trust anonymously? Yes, you can!

This is a guest blog post written by ABC4Trust Project coordinator, Kai Rannenberg

The project Attribute-based Credentials for Trust (ABC4Trust), co-funded by the European Commission under the 7th Framework Programme, enhanced the understanding of Attribute-based Credentials (ABCs) as an identity management technology.

In a nutshell, we developed a system for electronic identification that benefits both the user's privacy and the counterparties' security. But let me give you some examples of how it works. The user receives attribute-based credentials that enable identification but allow him/her to choose which attributes are disclosed to the counterpart without transmitting unnecessary personal information. Privacy-ABCs can prevent usage patterns between different accesses of an individual user to the same or different

John Gallagher
15/12/2014 - 14:42

Can programmers write energy-efficient programs? The ENTRA project proposes a solution for energy-aware coding

This is a guest blog post, written by the project coordinator of ENTRA, John Patrick Gallagher.

The energy footprint of computers, from power-hungry server farms to billions of frequently charged smartphones, tablets and smart watches, is now an important part of the global energy consumption picture.  Hence we need more energy-efficient hardware, don't we?  Not necessarily. It turns out that the software that runs on modern hardware is often the culprit in energy inefficiency.

The problem is that it's not a simple matter to look at the code for two smartphone apps and understand which one will drain the battery faster. Very few programmers have an idea of how much power their programs dissipate or which parts of a program are energy hotspots.  It might also be different from one phone to another. That raises the question “can programmers

Riccardo Luna
01/12/2014 - 09:37

Digital Champions in Italy – building an army of 8000

On 19 September, Prime Minister Matteo Renzi appointed me as “Digital Champion”, advisor for the digital economy. I was of course delighted – but when it was made official, my first thought was: “What do I do now? How do I get every Italian digital"?

I was already familiar with the role. Originally, the EU Commission called for member states to appoint Digital Champions – because (as Neelie Kroes put it) the digital world should be supported by “fighters, not bureaucrats”. And I had followed the successes of Digital Champions in other countries with growing interest.

I was particularly taken by one idea by Martha Lane Fox, UK Digital Champion: "Go On UK!", to help UK citizens lead Europe in digital skills.

It has been an

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Mario Campolargo
24/11/2014 - 15:55

Transforming Cities into Innovation Engines

Between 18 and 20 of November 2014 FIWARE stand was one of the most innovative and attended places in Smart City Expo World Congress in Barcelona. This was where FIWARE put on show the most innovative developments for Smart Cities, with real services, demos, conferences and training sessions.


The no less innovative stand arranged as an artistic space by Boa Mistura art group was the meeting point for cities, entrepreneurs and technology providers exchanging views on the opportunities that FIWARE offers for the development of Smart Cities. Web architects and representatives from different city councils had the

Joran Frik
21/11/2014 - 15:03

Conference on eID: a key to business growth and innovation

It was interesting to meet with senior level decision makers from a wide range of important business sectors like telecoms, airlines and banks across the EU. I believe the  the broad involvment of industry clearly demonstrated the importance of the event. Industry representatives spoke in clear support of the need to work closely together on the cross-border use of electronic identities not only in the EU, but also beyond. As one panelist pointed out: "This is truly a unique opportunity where we are finally all behind the same table and we are not sitting back to back".

In a nutshell, the most important issues I noted during the day were that:

  • A deciding factor for the success of eID will be focusing on the customer and his experience.

  • Convenience will play a big role. For example, data should be provided on a 'once only' principle: a customer