• eTEN "Touch & Turn Virtual Library" project wins best digital museum application prize
    News article7 May 2004

    May 6, 2004: Financed by the EC's eTEN Programme, the "Touch & Turn Virtual Library" project has won First Price for the best web based/virtual application in the NODEM (Nordic Digital Excellence of Museums) Conference. The Virtual Library (www.touchandturn.com) provides an innovative way of facilitating public access to rare, fragile and valuable material, giving users the experience of turning the pages of an original document, with zoom, translation and commentary capabilities in an unlimited number of languages.

  • eHealth award winners announced at high-level conference in Cork
    News article6 May 2004

    The three winners of the eEurope awards for eHealth – which showcase IST tools and best practices for boosting the efficiency, quality, and accessibility of public services – were announced at a formal ceremony, part of the eHealth 2004 Conference in Cork (Ireland). The organisers received 109 submissions in response to their November 2003 call for projects exemplifying European best practice in the use of e-Health tools and services for citizens’ information, administrative support, and home care/tele-medicine. This second edition of the eEurope Awards for e-Health, was organised by the EU’s Irish Presidency, the European Commission and the European Institute of Public Administration in Maastricht. The four eEurope Awards planned for 2003-2005 (two in e-Health and two in e-Government) embody the spirit of the eEurope Initiative by promoting the exchange of best practices among EU Member States, candidate countries and EFTA countries in eGovernment and other areas under the eEurope Action Plan 2005.

  • Enhancing the effectiveness of the protection of minors and of human dignity in audiovisual and information society services: the European Commission proposes a new Recommendation
    Press release6 May 2004

    The European Commission has adopted a proposal for a Recommendation of the European Parliament and of the Council on the protection of minors and human dignity and the right of reply in the European audiovisual and information services industry. This Recommendation is a follow-up to the second evaluation report of 12 December 2003 on the 1998 Recommendation of the Council on the protection of minors and human dignity in audiovisual and information services. The report analysed the measures adopted in the Member States and at EU level since 2000. The new Recommendation proposed today is a further step to ensure an effective cooperation between the Member States, the industry and other interested parties, notably viewers' bodies, in the field of the protection of minors and human dignity and the right to reply. It responds notably to the challenges which technological developments bring in that field.

  • eHealth 2004 Conference
    Event5 May 2004 to 6 May 2004

    The conference will primarily focus on the three themes of the call for the eEurope eHealth Awards : eHealth information tools and services for citizens ; eHealth administrative tools and services for citizens ; eHealth homecare and telemedicine tools and services for citizens. The event will also provide an opportunity to take stock of the eHealth developments that have taken place since the Ministerial Declaration adopted during the first e-Health Conference in Brussels in May 2003.

  • One step closer to ".eu"
    News article5 May 2004

    The Commission Regulation laying down public policy rules concerning the implementation and functions of the .eu Top Level Domain has been published in the EU Official Journal. The .eu domain is intended to provide a European Internet identity for companies and citizens, comparable to .org or .com. This regulation is a further step towards the commercial availability of ".eu" names. It sets out public policy rules for a wide range of issues including eligibility, requests for domain name registration, accreditation of registrars, provisions for languages, reservation of geographical and geopolitical names, registration of names corresponding to prior rights, and a dispute resolution procedure. The contract with the .eu Registry should be signed in the near future and a four month sunrise period in which names can be registered that correspond to prior rights or public bodies should start later this year. Pre-registration or reservation of .eu domain names is not yet possible. Action has already been taken by authorities in some Member States against organisations that have been making false or misleading claims to be able to pre-register names for the .eu domain The remaining procedural steps for ".eu" to become operational are set out on the website, where you'll also find a list of "Frequently Asked Questions", additional background information and a copy of the Official Journal.

  • eGovernment : "Good Practice" tools
    News article5 May 2004

    On April 26, the Good Practice Framework on eGovernment was launched. A temporary demo site has been built up to show what the framework could be offering. It includes a description template, a set of assessment criteria, transfer tools and a database in which good practice cases are cathegorized according to their country, their theme, their user target and so on. The objective of the action is to establish a framework to facilitate the exchange of good practices, their transfer when appropriate and learning from experiences at local, regional, national, European and international level in order to foster strong commitment and continuity in the practical implementation of eGovernment.

  • Modinis Work Programme for 2004 has been adopted
    News article4 May 2004

    The Council and the European Parliament have approved the Modinis Work Programme for 2004. It provides financial support for the implementation of the eEurope 2005 Action Plan. One of the main objectives will be to measure progress towards the key targets of the Action Plan. The Work Programme has a budget of €12,8m out of €22,4m, estimated to be effectively the total financial resources of the programme.

  • Dublin meeting to reaffirm EU's commitment to the Barcelona Process
    News article4 May 2004

    Foreign Ministers from an enlarged EU meet with their Mediterranean counterparts in Dublin on 5 and 6 May in the framework of the Barcelona Process. The meeting takes place at a crucial time in the EU's relations with the Mediterranean region. The EU will use this occasion to underline its solidarity with its southern neighbours, and seek to develop further co-operation with a region convulsed by the volatile situations in Iraq and the Middle East.

  • ISCRAM2004
    Event3 May 2004 to 4 May 2004

    First international workshop on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management. The workshop intends to attract IS researchers who are working in the areas of crisis planning, response and management, Emergency Response practitioners who use IS for their activities, and national and international policy makers.

  • e-Health: better health and healthcare through the use of information and communications technologies
    News article3 May 2004

    An action plan just adopted by the European Commission shows how information and communication technologies can be used to deliver better quality health care Europe-wide. The "e-Health action plan" covers everything from electronic prescriptions and computerised health records to using new systems and services to cut waiting times and reduce errors. The proposals will contribute to better care at the same or lower cost. The action plan sets out the objective of a "European e-Health Area" and identifies practical steps to get there through work on electronic health records, patient identifiers and health cards, and the faster rollout of high speed Internet access for health systems to allow the full potential of eHealth to be delivered. To add momentum Member States should develop national and regional e-Health strategies and work needs to progress to allow measurement of the impact of eHealth technologies on the quality and efficiency of services, as well as overall productivity. By the end of the decade, e-Health will become commonplace for health professionals, patients and citizens. The action plan is the third element of the Commission's recent activities in the health area. The two other activities address patient mobility and the benchmarking of national reforms in health care, long-term care and social protection.