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  • Standards in the Cloud: a transatlantic mindshare
    28/09/2011 to 29/09/2011
    Cloud Computing interoperability and standardisation are important elements of the Digital Agenda for Europe. Issues at stake will be reviewed at an EC-ETSI workshop: “Standards in the Cloud: a transatlantic mindshare” The event is co organized by ETSI and EC DG INFSO, in cooperation with NIST, EuroCIO and EuroCloud. The objectives of the workshop are to: - Drill down the issues of standards for cloud computing from 3 major angles: Policy - Industry and markets (supply and demand side) - Standards and interoperability - Identify the standardisation gap - Gather elements to devise a standards roadmap for EU, including priorities, players and processes See the final programme and register for the the event!
  • Opening up Europe: from Common Standards to Open Data
    OpenForum Europe Summit 2011, Brussels 22nd September 2011
  • European Cloud Computing Strategy needs to aim high
    Opening of Microsoft Centre on Cloud Computing and Interoperability, Brussels, 22 March 2011
  • Croatia joins EU programme to break down e-barriers
    Press releases
    The Republic of Croatia has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the EU to join the ISA Programme. ISA, which stands for "Interoperability Solutions for European Public Administrations", takes a practical approach in supporting easier communication between administrations across Europe.
  • Future research activities in the field of e-Government - Online survey to be published soon
    News Article
    Framework Programme 8 (FP8) is expected to start in 2014 with ICT for Government as one of its key elements. Through this survey, the European Commission would like to get your opinion to help shape the future research activities in this field. A summary of the survey results will be published later.
  • eHealth interoperability: State of play and future perspectives
    Policy and legislation
    This report aims to provide a better understanding of the status quo of the development of eHealth interoperability in Europe, the lessons learned so far and the actions that should be taken in the future to help speed up and facilitate interoperability. It responds to the invitation extended to Member States to report to the European Commission the measures they have taken in relation to the implementation of cross-border interoperability of electronic health record systems. Twenty-two countries provided information on the status of their achievements with regard to eHealth interoperability, and stated their preferences for future activities that should be recommended to go ahead in this domain, either collaboratively among Member States or collectively at European level.
  • 6th Future Internet Assembly
    16/12/2010 to 17/12/2010
    The 6th Future Internet Assembly will take place in Ghent (Belgium) on 16-17 December. The topics of this FIA have been selected along the suggestions given by the community and resulted in a balanced set of sessions addressing technological, social and economic issues of the Future Internet together with possible application scenarios. A novelty of this edition of FIA will be the demonstrations that are organised jointly with ServiceWave ( and FIRE ( FIA Ghent will be part of the Future Internet Conference Week, from 13-17 December 2010, a series of events concerning different aspects of the Future Internet and will be collocated with iMinds, an event with focus on Information Technology innovation that the host (IBBT) organises yearly with great success ( Register now at the conference website for any event you are interested in during the week.
  • European Commission wants broad-scale adoption of e-invoicing by 2020
    Press releases
    The European Commission wants to see e-invoicing become the predominant method of invoicing in Europe. In its Communication 'Reaping the benefits of electronic invoicing (e-invoicing) for Europe', presented by Vice-President Tajani and Commissioner Barnier today, the European Commission identifies a set of tangible actions to make the uptake of e-invoices in Europe easier. Providing invoice data electronically and in a format could allow businesses to benefit from shorter payment delays, fewer errors, reduced printing and postage costs. Most importantly, structured e-invoices facilitate business process integration from purchase to payment, meaning that invoices could be sent, received and processed without manual intervention. Currently, exchanging e-invoices is often complex and costly, in particular across borders and for SMEs. The Communication by the Commission addresses these obstacles and is complemented by a Commission Decision to set-up a European multi-stakeholder forum on e-invoicing.
  • epSOS Projectathon
    News Article
    The epSOS Projectathon was held in Bratislava, Slovakia from 22nd to 25th November, 2010. The Projectathon is a Connectathon-inspired event to test if the healthcare systems are ready to meet the epSOS specifications. The Projectathon was open to all epSOS Member States, the epSOS Industry Team, the epSOS II Enlarged Team and all interested vendors.
  • Tensions between Intellectual Property Rights and the ICT standardisation process: reasons and remedies
    Key ICT standards are perceived by many as critical technology platforms with a strong public interest dimension. However, concerns are voiced that Intellectual Property Rights (IPRs) and their exclusivity potential, may hinder or prevent standardisation. The European Commission and the European Patent Office (EPO) are organising a conference to address some specific issues on patents and ICT standards: are today’s IPR features still compatible with fast moving markets and the very complex requirements of ICT standardisation in a global knowledge economy environment? Where are problems that we can we fix?