The ISA programme of the European Commission has just published the 2015 version of the eGovernment factsheet of the EU. This factsheet of some 60 pages aims at providing a comprehensive overview of the e-Government activities in the EU. Read more
This event will offer an opportunity to explore and discuss how semantic interoperability solutions are being embraced by eGovernment initiatives. The conference combines plenary sessions and interactive panels. eGovernment and semantics experts will present their case studies and real-life examples and experiences with semantic technologies.
Semantic Interoperability is a major step for achieving the provision of cross-border digital public services.
The "Internet of Things" (IoT) is a future in which everyday objects such as phones, cars, household appliances, clothes and even food are wirelessly connected to the Internet through smart chips, and can collect and share data. The European Commission wants to know what framework is needed to unleash the potential economic and societal benefits of the IoT, whilst ensuring an adequate level of control of the devices gathering, processing and storing information. The information concerned includes users' behavioural patterns, location and preferences. The Commission wants to ensure that the rights of individuals are respected and is launching a public consultation inviting comments by 12th July 2012. Read more
The European Commission has reached an agreement with the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C) on the sustainability of key specifications to facilitate interoperability, across borders and sectors, between public administrations in Europe and beyond. Read more
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! Read more
A Memorandum of Cooperation on Intelligent Transport Systems, in particular 'Cooperative Systems', was signed by the European Commission and the Japanese Transport Ministry today, 9 June 2011. Signatories were Robert Madelin, Director-General of the Commission's Information Society DG, and Shigeru Kikukawa, Director-General of the Road Bureau of the Ministry. Read more
The ServiceWave conference series provides a forum for practitioners and researchers to exchange and discuss the most recent innovations, trends, experiences and concerns for the Future Internet. ServiceWave fosters cross-community excellence by bringing together industrial and academic experts from various disciplines, including but not limited to Internet of Content (IoC), Internet of Services (IoS), Internet of Things (IoT) and Networks of the Future (NoF).
Following the success of the ServiceWave workshops of previous years, ServiceWave 2011 will again feature workshops that bring together different communities to discuss emerging issues and relevant aspects of the Future Internet. The submission deadline for workshop proposals is 30 May 2011.
In order to tackle low levels of consumer and business confidence in online transactions, the European Commission is asking citizens and other interested parties how electronic signatures and electronic identification (eID) and authentication can help the development of the European Digital Single Market. Currently, difficulties in verifying people's identities and signatures are a significant factor holding back the development of the EU's online economy. Electronic signatures and electronic identification (eID) and authentication can be an important tool to enable both users and providers to rely on secure, trustworthy and easy-to-use online services but must work in all Member States to be effective. The results of this consultation will feed into the Commission's review of the existing eSignature Directive and the preparation of a planned initiative on the mutual recognition of electronic identification and authentication. Boosting e-commerce, e-business, and making it easier to undertake administrative procedures online in the Single Market are important aspects of the Digital Agenda for Europe. The online consultation runs until 15 April 2011. Read more