Action 54: Develop a new generation of web-based applications and services
Work with stakeholders to develop a new generation of web-based applications and services, including for multilingual content and services, by supporting standards and open platforms through EU-funded programmes.
What is the problem? Lack of an agile research and innovation process tailored to maximise knowledge transfer from research to innovation in the context of the new web economy
European innovation on the web is crucial for enhancing Europe's competitiveness and its capacity to create new jobs.
The DAE realised that content and applications will be almost entirely delivered online by 2020 and that attractive applications and services need to be made available in an interoperable and borderless Internet environment. In this context, the development of a new generation of web-based applications and services becomes the cornerstone upon which the new web economy will be built.
Many of the EU-funded research projects, though developing excellent technologies, may not achieve significant impact in the context of the web economy due to lack of an agile research and innovation process and limited knowledge transfer from research to innovation. Hence, dedicated actions are required to encourage the implementation of research results through innovative web-based applications and services leading to a significant impact in the web economy.
Why is EU action required?
Already in February 2008, the Information Society Technologies Advisory Group (ISTAG) emphasised the fact that over the last decade, the services sector has become the largest and fastest-growing business sector in the world, corresponding to 64% of the global GDP. The DAE acknowledged that web-based applications and services are the main pillar of the web economy and recommended an appropriate course of action i.e. to work with stakeholders to develop a new generation of web-based applications and services through EU-funded programmes.
Individual Member States would not have enough critical mass to allow the exploitation of competitive web-based applications and services. In order to become competitive on the global market, new web-based applications and services need to leverage the power of the EU Digital Single Market, which is a sine qua non condition for a thriving web economy.
The added-value of a EU action is the power of coordination at large scale and the ability to break the vicious circle by which technologically innovative SMEs are not able to access a critical mass of significant research and innovation funding and results which would allow growth and enhanced competitiveness vis-à-vis international players.
What has the Commission done until now?
Activities related to the DAE Action 54 started in September 2010. So far, these have focused mainly on its first pillar i.e. attracting new stakeholders. Two stakeholders groups have been created: an EU social networks group and a web competitiveness group.
These groups have been instrumental in identifying political bottlenecks and problems that restrict the advancement of the web economy in Europe. Now, the time has come to focus the DAE Action 54 on its second pillar i.e. the development of a new generation of web-based applications and services through EU-funded programmes.
CIP PSP WP 2012: Inclusion of Objective 1.3 on Open innovation for Internet-enabled services and next generation access services in 'smart cities' (several pilot actions, €14 million EU contribution. This objective will develop applications and services using information generated by users or captured from sensors. It will also test and validate connected TV applications that are open to collaboration with 3rd parties for the benefit of the public. Results expected in late 2013/early 2014.
What are the Commission's plans?
By end 2011: engage with web-related stakeholders groups, including SMEs, web entrepreneurs, ICT users and ICT industry around common agendas for novel web-based open platforms and standards.
During 2012: effectively use EU-funded programmes (FP7 ICT WP 2013 and CIP PSP WP 2013) to foster the development of development of a new generation of web-based applications and services. Projects to be launched by the end of 2013. Results expected in 2015/2016. Target budget: €55 million.
Launch a Public Consultation on ways to enhance support to the development of a new generation of web-based applications and services in the context of Horizon 2020.