• e-Skills week: presentation
    Events24 February 2010

    The e-Skills Week Presentation Campaign in Spain will be the official opening of the Spanish e-Skills Week. It will gather leading figures from Spanish and European Institutions, governments, business and academic community to discuss the importance of e-Skills for the future.

  • High Level event on ICT for Energy Efficiency
    Events23 February 2010 to 24 February 2010

    The event aims to drive progress in the transition to an energy-efficient and low-carbon economy, following the terms of the recently adopted Recommendation on that topic. Through this Recommendation, the Commission calls on the ICT sector to agree on common methodologies for measuring energy consumption and carbon emissions by 2010. Furthermore, addressing EU Member States and the ICT sector, it aims to unlock energy efficiency potential through more public-private partnership initiatives and also through partnerships between the ICT industry and defined strategic sectors. At the conference, the protagonists will be Member States, local/regional authorities, the ICT industry, the energy-intensive industry (construction, transport, manufacturing, power distribution and lighting) and civil society. The event is organised by the European Commission's Information Society and Media Directorate-General, in cooperation with the Spanish Presidency of the European Union. It will include a conference, parallel sessions, an exhibition and the best ICT4EE Project Award Ceremony.

  • Proceedings of the OPEN DAYS 2009 (European week of regions and cities)
    Reports and studies23 February 2010

    Comprising of reports from more than 120 high-level meetings and seminars, the OPEN DAYS 2009 proceedings have been published. Please refer to the proceedings of those sessions in particular: - Regional innovation addressing ICT and demographic change; - Enhancing citizens’ welfare through the innovative application of ICT; - Towards sustainable healthcare in EU; - Healthymagination: Tackling healthcare access, quality and costs with advanced technology; -New skills for new jobs; - The ‘European Network of Living Labs’; - Broadband internet uptake in rural and regional development: Supporting innovation in Europe’s regions and cities. Please mark the dates of 4-7 October 2010 in your diary for this year's OPEN DAYS.

  • Achieving Efficiency Improvements in the Health sector through ICTs - OECD final report
    Reports and studies23 February 2010

    This report presents an analysis of OECD countries’ efforts to implement information and communication technologies (ICTs) in health care systems. It provides advice on the range of policy options, conditions and practices that policy makers can adapt to their own national circumstances to accelerate adoption and effective use of these technologies. The analysis draws upon a considerable body of recent literature and in, particular, lessons learned from case studies in six OECD countries (Australia, Canada, the Netherlands, Spain, Sweden, and the United States), all of which reported varying degrees of success deploying health ICT solutions. (117 pages)

  • Report on workshop on improving web accessibility for persons with disabilities hosted by the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO)
    News Article19 February 2010

    The workshop was organised from February 2 to 5, 2010, to promote awareness about accessibility for people with disabilities and to encourage webmasters within the United Nations system and other organizations to implement principles of accessibility in their daily work. The WIPO launched in 2008 the visually impaired persons (VIP) initiative to explore ways to facilitate and enhance access to literary, artistic and scientific works for the VIP community. WIPO member states have acknowledged the special needs of the blind, visually impaired and other print-disabled persons. The Organization’s key copyright committee, the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights (SCCR), is currently considering a draft treaty that would create an enabling legal environment to address exceptions and limitations to international copyright law.

  • Report on the impact of information- and communication technology (ICT) and new media on language learning
    Reports and studies17 February 2010

    As a follow-up of the report of the High Level Group on Multilingualism, the European Commission initiated a study with the aim to investigate the impact on language learning of ICT and new media. The research deals with innovative learning methods as a complement to traditional face-to-face learning and teaching, both within and beyond the framework of formal education systems. The research presents an overview of formal and informal language learning in eight different European countries. In spite of differences in the take-up of new technologies for language learning, there are some universal tendencies that are demonstrated by the research. Through increased awareness about the benefits of innovative methods and concerted measures on national and regional levels, more people could be involved in language learning and make faster progress with the help of tailor-made technology support.

  • Service Oriented Architecture pushed to the limit in eGovernment
    Events17 February 2010

    The workshop aims to encourage the good practice sharing in the area of Service Oriented Architecture (SOA). Amongst the main themes: lessons learnt from the use of SOA in eGovernment, the evolution of SOA towards a Service Object Oriented Architecture; the impact of SOA on new eGovernment policy priorities. Abstract submissions are welcomed by 9 February 2010. This workshop is an initiative of the European Commission.

  • Telemedicine To Benefit Patients
    Promotional Material17 February 2010

    COCIR developed a Telemedicine Toolkit. It contains a Position Paper, a Glossary of Terms and a database of referenced studies on the effectiveness of telemedicine solutions. All of these tools respond to a need identified by COCIR members to clarify the situation on telemedicine.

  • K4Care - Knowledge-Based Home-Care eServices for an Ageing Europe
    Promotional Material17 February 2010

    An integrated knowledge-based intelligent technology is being made available to help in the management and provision of health care services to chronically ill patients anytime and anywhere through the Web. The K4CARE project involved the joint effort of 4 technological institutions and 7 health care centres. This consortium combined experiences of old and new EU countries to define a new health care model for care of elderly people. New knowledge-based ICT technologies were researched, developed and integrated in a final product that implements the health care model as a web platform. This is a validated prototype that optimises the safe management of the care of chronically ill patients at home.

  • New European effort to promote personal tools for health and wellness
    News Article16 February 2010

    The EC is funding a Support Action to promote interoperability among personal health systems and to other eHealth systems. The SmartPersonalHealth project started on 1st of January 2010 and will run for one year. Key awareness raising activities of SmartPersonalHealth will include three thematically focused regional stakeholder workshops and one central pan-European PHS Interoperability Conference.