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DG Connect measures itself: we need your help on our metrics!

Protagoras, one of the earliest sophists of Ancient Greece, was the author of the famous saying: "Man is the measure of all things; of what is, that it is; of what is not, that it is not". I like this sentence very much, no matter putting it into philosophy, religion, science, or even law - I interpret it as "Everything we do must be measured against the standard of whether it increases the health, wealth and life chances of people".

DG Connect has just launched a public consultation on its analysis and measurement - what we call internally our "


Code of EU online rights published

--- Posted by Tomas Soria, Policy Officer, DG CONNECT Regulatory coordination and users' unit.

The Code of EU online rights has been published today as part of the Digital Agenda for Europe actions. The Code compiles the rights and principles under EU legislation protection EU citizens and consumers when going online.

The Digital Agenda for Europe acknowledges the difficulty for citizens to be fully

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Engage, excite and educate with 'Photonics Explorer'

published by Dr. Amrita Prasad, Science Communication, CEO - EYEST

A pile of boxes of the 'Photonics Explorer'

Yesterday, the Brussels Photonics Team (B-PHOT) along with TE Connectivity and EYESTvzw launched a new tool to engage, excite and educate secondary school students for Science, Engineering and Technology!

This new tool is the ‘Photonics Explorer’ educational kit and it has been developed by B-PHOT in the framework of a European Project, with the voluntary efforts of over 35 teachers, scientists and experts in pedagogy from 11 EU

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Make websites accessible: a proposal and a request

picture of Paul TimmersPosted by Paul Timmers, Director, Sustainable & Secure Society, DG CONNECT

At the e-inclusion conference in Gdansk in November last year, staff of the European Disability Forum very kindly showed Commissioner Kroes how a visually impaired user can get on line.


Europe supports Cloud-based computing services for SMEs

--- by Erastos Filos, DG CONNECT, Coordinator Intelligent Manufacturing Systems/ICT for Factories of the Future.

Following a roundtable between Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes, and key industrialists in March the Commission has not only launched its Cloud Strategy on 27 September 2012. It also actively supports Cloud Computing by a dedicated call for application experiments that aim to facilitate the uptake of Cloud-based design and simulation services by manufacturing SMEs.

Under the


Research talks: Watson… two years on!

Alessandro Moschitti is Assistant Professor at the Information Engineering and Computer  Science Department of the University of Trento, in Italy. Before joining Trento, Alessandro held various positions at Columbia, Colorado and John Hopkins Universities in the US. His expertise relates to advanced machine learning techniques applied to natural language processing, information retrieval and data mining. Alessandro has authored or co-authored around 160 research papers and is the holder of several awards among

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Active and Healthy Ageing: an opportunity for Regions

--- Posted by Maria Iglesia Gomez, DG SANCO, Head of Unit "Innovation for Health and Consumers"and Ilias Iakovidis, DG CONNECT, Acting Head of Unit “Digital Social Platforms”

European Health and care services are mostly in the hands of regional authorities. They are decisive for the success of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA). 

During the Open Days 2012 - European Week of Regions and Cities we organised a workshop to see how they can leverage structural and regional funds to make health care

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LED’s safe energy

--- Posted by Berit Wessler, OSRAM AG, on behalf of the consortium of the FP7 project SSL4EU

Worldwide almost 20% of the electricity is used for lighting. That corresponds approx. to the total electricity consumption of the EU. LED light sources could theoretically save up to 50% of that electricity. And even more important: lighting offers one of the easiest ways to actually realize that energy saving potential as no huge investments are needed upfront and at the same time users are able to reduce their own energy bill.

In the SSL4EU (


How can we motivate people to adopt more sustainable travel behaviour?

--- Posted by Marcel Bijlsma, project coordinator FP7 project SUNSET

Traffic jams are one of my personal frustrations. And I’m not alone as 75% of all Europeans live in urban regions, where traffic jams have become a fact of life. European crisis or not. But how can we achieve good accessibility of the places where I want to go and at the same time keep our environment safe and green? Investments in infrastructure and alternative modalities are expensive, time-consuming and irreversible.

Couldn’t we think of an alternative, more flexible and cost-effective approach? I think so. Travel is in the end all about human behaviour. Couldn’t we focus on travellers instead of infrastructure and seduce


“Greening” the Cloud

--- Posted by Tony Gore, project Manager of FP7 Project EuroCloud

With the rise in mobility in computing e.g. smartphones, tablets etc, the amount of computing concentrated in remote systems such as datacentres is rapidly increasing. However, these datacentres are always on, 24/7, with standby power generators. The power consumption of these datacentres is more or less constant, whether they are working hard or idle.

In Europe, datacentre power consumption is equivalent to the entire consumption of a country the

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