This adoption is an essential step towards the autonomous operation of both organisations and it opens the way for financing the first research projects this autumn. ENIAC and ARTEMIS are public-private partnerships that operate R&D programmes in the areas of nanoelectronics and embedded computing systems respectively. Their partnerships include representatives from industry and academia, the European Commission and 20 European countries. Read more
Imagine, for example, you suffer from a chronic disease where you have to take critical medications every day, but you misplaced your supply while in another EU country. Even if you have a detailed list of the drugs you must take, the local pharmacist or doctor may not be able to help you because she/he does not understand it. “Semantic interoperability” (SIOP) across Union healthcare systems is needed to enable health professionals to overcome this barrier. Read more
Several barriers to free movement of workers still exist in the EU: for example, it is not easy to access public services while working or living in another country. The European Commission has launched a pilot project to remedy this situation with an EU-wide system for the recognition and authentication of electronic identity (eID via electronic cards or other means). It will enable businesses and citizens to securely use their national electronic identities and get help from public administrations in any Member State they live in or travel to. Read more
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The Royal Society of Medicine is organising a workshop on developing successful business cases for telehealth. It targets eHealth experts from industry, healthcare providers, healthcare commissioners, health IT and healthcare professionals who are involved in developing telehealth and a business case for it. Its wider context is the Lead Market Initiative of the European Commission, to be highlighted at the workshop. Read more
Conférence 'Convergence 2008', Paris, le 30 mai 2008 Read more
Today, the European Commission unveils a pilot project to ensure cross-border recognition of national electronic identity (eID) systems and enable easy access to public services in 13 Member States. Throughout the EU, some 30 million national eID cards are used by citizens to access a variety of public services such as claiming social security and unemployment benefits or filing tax returns. The Commission's project will enable EU citizens to prove their identity and use national electronic identity systems (passwords, ID cards, PIN codes and others) throughout the EU, not just in their home country. The plan is to align and link these systems without replacing existing ones. The project will run for three years and receive €10 million funding from the European Commission and an equal contribution from the participating partners. Read more
This ePractice.eu workshop takes place against a background of intensified effort by public authorities and other stakeholders to address issues around digital literacy and e-competences. A key element of the Riga Ministerial Declaration approved in June 2006 involved setting agendas and targets to reduce by half gaps between the EU average population and certain groups at risk of exclusion due to factors like accessibility and lack of skills. In particular the Riga Declaration highlighted not only the fact that a significant proportion – some 41% of citizens - were below the minimum digital literacy level but also the fact that certain groups showed much lower than average levels of literacy, notably people older than 65 (only 17% digitally literate), economically inactive (27% digitally literate), and people with low education (35% digitally literate).
This workshop provides a timely opportunity to bring together policy-makers, experts and practitioners in the field of digital literacy in order to explore key issues and problems, share information and experiences and contribute to ongoing intellectual, policy and practice agendas. Three themes of particular relevance to digital literacy have been selected to provide a platform for discussion:
- Content and delivery, focusing on questions like: which organization and institutional structures – for example telecentres; schools – best support different kinds of digital literacy needs and learning scenarios? what kinds of pedagogic models and approaches best support the different needs and scenarios? what kind of partnerships are necessary to support digital learning initiatives? how can e-competences be assessed and accredited?
- Usability and accessibility,
- Motivation and sustainability Read more
Assises françaises du numérique "les TIC, levier de croissance et de compétitivité", Paris, le 29 mai 2008 Read more