• Digital Inclusion in e-Government
    Events17 June 2010

    This seminar will introduce some of the new initiatives implemented by Valencian Public Administrations in their aim to achieve the objectives of social inclusion in e-Government services. The recently approved e-Government law will be presented by a representative of the Regional Ministry of Justice and Public Administration. Furthermore, some Valencian municipalities involved in e-Administration will participate in a round table debate about best practices and digital inclusion. This will also be the occasion to officially present DIEGO ”Digital Inclusive e-Government”, a project co-financed by the European Union, which offers e-Government services with accessible and user‑friendly interfaces. This Conference is held within the framework of the conference series "Europe is Yours", of which the main objective is to bring Europe closer to its citizens.

  • Using network analysis to monitor and track effects resulting from changes in policy intervention and instruments — SMART 2010/0025
    Call for tenders16 June 2010 to 19 July 2010

    The study aims to develop a sound theoretical and conceptual framework and a methodology with a view of simulating (a-priori) impacts of future EU Level Information Society policy interventions. Furthermore, it should help to construct a solid evidence base for future impact assessment and evaluation of Information Society policy interventions under the upcoming Framework Programme 8.

  • Future eHealth Leaders - Summer Camp
    Events16 June 2010 to 18 June 2010

    This Summer Camp aims to develop an understanding of what eHealth can bring to healthcare systems, to enhance personal leadership skills and to expand professional networks. It focuses on young professionals in the field. The initiative is supported by innovative healthcare providers, eHealth organisations and companies.

  • Future Network & Mobile Summit 2010
    Events16 June 2010 to 18 June 2010

    The Future Network and Mobile Summit 2010 takes place in the Historical City of Florence on 16 - 18 June 2010. This is the nineteenth in a series of Annual Conferences supported by the European Commission, which regularly attracts over 600 delegates from industry and research to share experiences and research results, identify future trends, discuss business opportunities and identify opportunities for international research collaboration under the ICT Theme of Framework Programme 7 (FP7). It will thus contribute to showcasing European research in the field, and position it within the multiplicity of related initiatives supported in other regions of the world. In the context of convergence, the 19th Future Network and Mobile Summit will address the challenges of building the Future Internet, based on mobile, wireless and fixed broadband communications infrastructures.

  • SPOCS draft specifications now available online
    News Article16 June 2010

    On 27 May 2010 SPOCS made available its draft specifications of a European interoperability layer for e-government services online. SPOCS - Simple Procedures Online for Cross-border Services - is a pilot project launched by the European Commission which aims to stimulate innovation and competitiveness through the wider uptake and best use of ICT by citizens, governments and businesses, including SMEs. SPOCS will contribute to remove cross-border barriers European businesses face when dealing with administrations abroad by providing innovative ways to deal with administrative procedures through Points of Single Contact. If you want to learn which use cases and technological approaches have been defined and will be implemented in the piloting phase of the project 2011-2012 or if you want to get first hand insights on how interoperability is actually intended to be put into practice and what the concepts mean for cross border e-government services beyond the SPOCS project, please register on http://eu-spocs.eu/ and share your feedback on the draft specifications at communication@eu-spocs.eu.

  • Call for proposals for social experimentation
    Call for proposals15 June 2010 to 31 August 2010

    The European Commission has published under PROGRESS, the EU’s employment and social solidarity programme, a Call for Proposals that seeks to promote social experimentation as a source of innovation in the social policies falling within the open method of coordination applied to social protection and social inclusion (the social OMC) in the European Union. Social experiments are intended to: −Provide innovative answers to social needs; −Initially be undertaken on a small scale owing to existing uncertainty as to their effects; −Be implemented in conditions which ensure the possibility of measuring their effects; −Be repeated on a wider scale if the results prove convincing. Selected projects should contribute to developing and testing socially innovative approaches to EU policy priorities in the context of the social OMC such as active inclusion, housing exclusion and homelessness, child poverty and social inclusion of migrants. Particular attention will be paid to projects with a focus on the social inclusion of young people.

  • Smart Living event will help disabled and older people
    Events15 June 2010

    Organisations which are involved in developing and implementing smart living systems and products for disabled and older people are being brought together at a London event to plan greater co-operation in the future. Companies involved in building, engineering, medicine, energy and communications, together with architects, organisations providing caring resources, and bodies representing disabled and older people are being invited to a seminar entitled "Smart Living - the way forward for disabled and older people". Dr John Gill, chairman of PhoneAbility, organisers of the seminar in collaboration with the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills, said: " There are lots of organisations which are doing splendid work to help disabled and older people lead easier lives in their homes. But they tend to work in isolation, producing stand-alone systems, and we see a great need not only to bring such organisations together but to get them to work together on a coherent policy in the provision of smart living systems. We want our delegates to be aware, too, of advances in this area taking place in other countries."

  • Assisted living technologies for older and disabled people in 2030
    Reports and studies15 June 2010

    Improvements in healthcare mean that people are living longer, and in better health, than ever before. There is expected to be a dramatic shift in the UK's demography towards older people. There is the potential for significant social, cultural and economic benefits if older or disabled people are empowered to remain an active part of society. Communications technology is likely to play an important role in enabling this positive outcome. Ofcom has commissioned this study to develop future scenarios based on the services required to promote social and economic inclusion of older and disabled people over the coming 20-year period. From these scenarios, the study identifies the key technological developments required, including a detailed discussion of drivers for or barriers to change, and a quantification of the technologies' impact on wired and wireless networks.

  • ACTION-Grid White Paper: "Linking Biomedical Informatics, Grid Computing and Nanomedicine"
    Reports and studies15 June 2010

    The Action-Grid project (International Cooperative Action on Grid Computing and Biomedical Informatics between the European Union, Latin America, the Western Balkans and North Africa) was a 24-months support action funded by DG INFSO that ended in May 2010. The main accomplishments of the project include a white paper: "Linking Biomedical Informatics, Grid Computing and Nanomedicine" and a survey on Grid Initiatives in the European Union, Latin America, the Western Balkans and North Africa.