In March I attended the launch of PrestoCentre a non profit organisation led by five of the major audiovisual archives organisations in Europe to facilitate the digitisation and preservation of our audiovisual collections across Europe. PrestoCentre is the result of more than 10 years of collaborative work under our IST research and innovation programmes of the leading archives in Europe: Institut National de l'Audivisuel (INA - FR) , Sound and Vision (Beeld en Geluid - NL), BBC (UK), RAI (IT) and ORF (A).
Estimates indicate that €38-58bn is needed to reach the 30 Mbps coverage for all by 2020, and between €181-268bn to provide sufficient coverage so that 50% of households are on 100 Mbps services.
ICT in learning increases motivation and engagement of pupils. It stimulates interest and creativity and contributes decisively to the mastery of digital literacy
One out of three youngsters gets connected via their mobile phones and one in four via game consoles, according to EUKidsOnline, a pan-European survey funded by the Safer Internet Programme. 77% of 13-16 year olds and 38% of 9-12 year olds in the EU have a profile on a social networking site. At the same time, the survey shows that half of younger children lack basic safety skills such as knowing how to set privacy settings or block unwanted contacts.
To launch the debate on "Spectrum for wireless innovation in Europe", Peter Moray (Director, EUTC) has provided us with his recommendations on the spectrum needs for smart grids.
Have you ever thought about the people who will not read this paragraph, who don't stay in touch through e-mail, who don't know there might be jobs advertised online for them, don't buy cheaper their children clothes...and all of the other tools that help you make your life better?
The European Commission is contacted on a regular basis by European citizens who complain that they cannot access the creative content of their choice on the platforms that they want. Can the efficient and targeted use of IT help improving this situation and if yes, how? How can licensing processes be streamlined and become more transparent through the use of databases, metadata and standards? What is the role of the EU public institutions?
Det danske formandskab for den Europæiske Union startede den 1. januar 2012 og skal lede Europa gennem en tid med mange udfordringer og forandringer.
To launch the debate on "Spectrum for wireless innovation in Europe" (Digital Agenda Assembly Workshop 17 - #daa11spectrum) Knut Evensen (Chief Technologist, Q-Free ASA) has provided us with his recommendations on the spectrum needs for intelligent transport systems.
The Commission's adoption of a Regulation on standards in the field of telematics applications for rail passenger services resulted from the harmonious collaboration and commitment of public and private stakeholders and undoubtedly constitutes a firm step towards a European integrated multimodal transport system.
Given our growing dependence on the smooth functioning of information networks and services, ensuring their security and availability is of utmost importance for our society.
Can individuals save the planet from the multiple sustainability problems which we are facing? Can ICT create a higher level of consciousness about the state of the environment, and about the role that local individual actions can play in the global society, at the level of lifestyles or democratic participation?
The Digital Society is likely to see its apogee in about 10 years from now, the time horizon of the Digital Agenda for Europe flagship initiative and the Europe 2020 growth strategy.
"Students have changed radically. Today’s students are no longer the people our educational system was designed to teach."
EU regulators are thinking hard about the effect of the data explosion fuelled by Smartphones, tablets and video apps on radio spectrum requirements and on broadband infrastructures. But at the same time, cloud computing offers the promises of transformed business models, new economic growth and new jobs. But with the new opportunities come new challenges. Europe’s policy-makers and regulators need to think about this too!
On the 26th of October 2011, the Polish Presidency of the EU will host a conference on the Internet of Things at Poznań University of Technology during Future Internet Week. This is an important milestone in Europe's commitment to sustainable economic growth and better quality of life for citizens.
Last week hundreds of delegates - top researchers in Future Internet architectures, services and applications from across Europe and beyond - met up for the Future Internet Assembly (FIA) which took place as part of the Future Internet Week in Poznan, Poland.
This is one of the key questions that will be addressed in a workshop on "Promoting the shared use of radio spectrum resources in Europe" in Brussels on 16 December 2011.
The pilot European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing (EIP on AHA) was presented at the Innovation Union Convention this week.
Imagine someone provides you with the key to unlock the digital future. What would this key look like and what is meant by digital future anyway?
The first ever European Robotics Week was held from November 28 to December 4, 2011. More than 130 organisations (companies, universities, research institutes) in 19 European countries organised over 360 robotics related activities. About 80,000 people visited the various events and exhibitions throughout Europe, many of them high school students and elementary school pupils.
Back in 2011 a series of agreements that strengthen China-EU collaboration in the field of Information Communication Technologies were concluded by China's Ministry of Industry & Information Technology and the European Commission's Information Society & Media Directorate-General.
I was in Chengdu on the 30th November 2011 where I
Europe, with its cultural diversity and world-class universities, boasts a thriving entrepreneurial community. In fact, it has a lot of great web entrepreneurial success stories, from Rovio to Spotify to Xing. Yet, there is a lot more that can be done to nurture start-ups, encourage web entrepreneurship – and give the European economy a much-needed boost.
At a roundtable that I attended last week at CeBIT, European Commission's Vice-President for the Digital Agenda Neelie Kroes discussed with four industry executives how Cloud Computing could impact manufacturing.
Whatever the name or scope, e-commerce is a fundamental part of the digital economy and definitely merits the attention of the Digital Agenda Assembly 2012.
Far from being confined to the realm of science-fiction, or media reports of government websites being vulnerable to attack in an ongoing "Web War II", cyber security affects EU citizens, public services and businesses alike.
There are many reasons that explain why data is becoming increasingly important in our lives.
As the markets and the need for chips is now literally everywhere, when thinking of the future of Europe, one should pay special attention to the potential of the European micro- and nanoelectronics sector as a provider of growth.
Embracing solutions focusing on long term benefits, including for a much wider number of entities in society and the economy, encompassing a larger set of investors with different aims and objectives may create an opportunity for the telecom sector to reinvigorate its role and find new fields of activity and growth.
There is much more work to do to further prepare Europe for this digital transformation. A wide range of rules and changes will be required if the Digital Single Market is to become a reality. And, if we wish for the European economy to be able to truly compete globally, these changes are a must.
Results of a public consultation are now available.
We asked 18 finished EC-funded projects in the field of micro-nanosystems and nanoelectronics - all of which had created patent applications - what they have done with the results of their project.
A review of progress since we launched a coalition to coordinate action on this point.
Tweetchat on 30 June: How can we keep the Digital Agenda digital?
1st Digital Agenda Assembly a success thanks to your contribution and feedback. The Digital Agenda now going local.
Yhteentoimivat e-infrastruktuurit – toiveajattelua vai toteutettavissa
Going Local Romania: Digital Agenda inspires new ideas and gives better perspectives
Today, the access to online services provided by the public and the private sector is more and more linked to e-identification and e-authentication.
On February 27-28 more than 200 high level representatives from European Member States, institutions, business, civil society and academia will gather in Copenhagen, Denmark for a forward-looking dialogue on the political challenges of creating a fully-fledged European Digital Single Market.
The ultimate goal of ARAKNES is to integrate the advantages of traditional open surgery, laparoscopic surgery and robotics surgery.
More than 2,000 participants are expected to attend this exceptional occasion to build quality partnerships, connecting academia, research institutes, industrial stakeholders, SMEs and government actors from all over Europe.
We would like to learn your views about accessing audiovisual content nowadays: Which innovations do you see emerging? Do you think there are enough legal possibilities to access content online?
Step from the cold October air and into the atrium of the Lecture-Conference Centre on the campus of the Poznań University of Technology. Banks of plasma screens display super crisp, high resolution images. Delegates use their mobile phones to manipulate images on monitors. Or perhaps you would like to see your future home and office?