Monday, December 31, 2012

Call for Papers and Presentations: Cherry Blossom Symposium on Intellectual Property and Federal Policy: Universal Access in the Digital Environment

Call for Papers and Presentations: Cherry Blossom Symposium on Intellectual Property and Federal Policy: Universal Access in the Digital Environment

April 5, 2013 - American University Washington College of Law Washington, DC

On April 5, 2013, American University Washington College of Law will host the Inaugural Cherry Blossom Symposium, exploring intersections between intellectual property and Federal policy. This year’s inaugural symposium will focus on intellectual property and disability rights policy. The symposium will take as a starting point the tensions between Federal intellectual property laws, which promote exclusion as a means of fostering creation and innovation, and disability rights law and policy, which promote universal access and social inclusion. The intersection of intellectual property laws and disability rights legislation and policy is occurring increasingly – including in policy discussions and litigation over access to e-readers for people with visual impairments, over access to closed captioning for media content for people who are deaf or hard of hearing, over access to web content for people with cognitive disabilities and over strategies for promoting innovation in technologies and services that promote access more generally for people with disabilities.

We invite paper or presentation proposals for the conference by January 31, 2013. To submit an abstract, visit or email Paper or presentation topics may address any issue at the intersection of the two fields, including discussions of how intellectual property doctrine may enable or hinder disability rights policy, and how the two fields can and should help shape each other.

Panels at the symposium may include:

· Access and Control: the Federal Legal Framework

· Technology as a Tool for and Barrier to Universal Access

· Looking Ahead: Prospects for a Unified Policy

The 2013 Cherry Blossom Symposium is being sponsored by WCL’s Program on Information Justice and Intellectual Property, Disability Rights Law Clinic, and Center for Human Rights and Humanitarian Law.

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Call for Abstracts: 6th Annual Healthcare Informatics Symposium

Call for Abstracts: 6th Annual Healthcare Informatics Symposium

Deadline to submit: January 7, 2013

Now accepting abstracts for the 6th Annual Healthcare Informatics Symposium, presented by the Center for Biomedical Informatics (CBMi) at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The symposium will be held at The Sheraton Philadelphia Downtown Hotel on Friday April 26, 2013.

Authors are invited to submit abstracts on a range of topics that describe developing informatics approaches or results of informatics-related research. These include, but are not limited to, the following areas:

Technical innovations and creative solutions in informatics

Mobile health applications and solutions

Personalized medicine

Data use

Personal health data privacy and security

Nursing informatics

Informatics policy and governance issues

Workforce development and education

Selected abstracts will each be presented in a short (10-15 min) podium presentation. Other submitted abstracts may be presented as posters, space permitting, and at the discretion of the organizing committee. More information on this will be forthcoming.

Free symposium registration for lead authors. For each abstract selected for presentation, the lead author or presenter will be granted free registration. Travel and any other associated expenses will be the responsibility of the presenter.

Key Dates

Abstract Submission Deadline: January 7, 2013

Notification of Acceptance: February 18, 2013

Conference Date: April 26, 2013

Please contact Donna Vito with any questions.

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Call for Papers: Annual Conference on Management and Social Sciences

Call for Papers: Annual Conference on Management and Social Sciences

April 16-18, 2013 Bangkok, Thailand

Deadline extended to extends to January 21, 2013

We are proud to announce that the Annual Conference on Management and Social Sciences 2013 will take place in Bangkok, Thailand, on April 16-18, 2013. Join us for our conference in one of Asia’s most important business cities and best places to visit.

English is the official language of the conference. We welcome paper submissions. Prospective authors are invited to submit full (and original research) papers (which is NOT submitted/published/under consideration anywhere in other conferences/journal) in electronic (word only) format through the online submission system or via email.

Prospective authors from universities or institutes and industries are invited to submit an abstract and paper by email before the deadline. Papers should be submitted electronically, formatted in MS-Word, as per the ACMSS guidelines. All papers submitted before the deadline will be peer reviewed by independent specialists following guidelines.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us.

The following topics, but not limited to, are strongly encouraged.


Business Administration

Business Ethics

International Enterprise

Human resources

Strategic Marketing


Supply Chain

Organizational Behavior

Information Management

Electronic Commerce

Industry Innovation

Corporate Governance

Hospitality Management

Hotel and Institutional Management

Health Care Management

Tourism Management






Finance Engineering



Stock Market


Finance Management

Risk Management


Macro Economy

Micro Economy

Agricultural Economy

Ecological Economy

Beauty Economy

Labor and Population Economy

Urban and Rural Economy

International Economy

Industry Economy

Monetary Economy

Real Estate Economy


Psychology and Counseling

Adult and Continuing Education

Health Promotion and Health Education

Family Studies

Civic Education and Leadership

Special Education

Information and Computer Education

Library and Information Studies

Rehabilitation Counseling

Early Childhood Education

E-Learning Technology

Higher Education

Lifelong Learning

Teaching and Learning


Social Research or Social Science

Social Policy and Social Legislation

Caring or Research for the Elderly

Social Psychology

Family Research

Child Research

Online Society or Online Community

Ethic in Society or Online Society

Globalization impacts

Technology or Criminology in Society or Online Society

Social Work in Modern Society


Communication Management




Language and Communication

Information Communication

Communication Arts

Education Connunication and Technology



Civil Law

Criminal Law

Public Law

Economic and Financial Law

Labor and Social Law











American Studies

African Studies

Asia Studies

European Studies

Religious Studies

Museum and Heritage



General Psychology

Experimental Psychology

Sport Psychology

Psychological Psychology

Culture Psychology

Development Psychology

Educational Psychology

School Psychology

Miltary Psychology

Consumer Psychology

Psychology of Religion

Psychology of Law

Media Psychology

Health Psychology

Environmental Psychology

Personality and Social Psychology

Measurement and Statistics

Mental Diseases and Psychotherapy

Industrial and Organizational Psychology

Consulting Psychology


Political Science

Public Administration and Policy

International Affairs and Strategic Studies

Governmental System and Practices

Politics and Ethics

International Relations

Political Economy

Elections and Voting Behavior

Reforming and Consolidated

History of western political thought

Western constitutional thought

American Politics Research

African Government and Politics

Asian Political and Economic Comparison

Government and Politics in Southeast Asia

Government and Politics in Middle East

Friday, December 21, 2012

Code of EU Online Rights

The Code of EU online rights compiles the basic set of rights existing in EU legislation and related to the digital environment.


Draft Transatlantic eHealth/health IT Cooperation MoU Roadmap

In the context of the EU-US Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on eHealth/Health IT please find below a ‘pre-final’ draft of the MoU Roadmap that sets out the Goals/Objectives with Milestones for the main EU-US MoU collaborative areas of EHR Interoperability and IT Workforce Skills. Please note that this is not a final agreed version of the Roadmap and is for information purposes only. It is anticipated that the final version of the Roadmap will be published in January 2013.


First Simulated Consultations for the epSOS project

In Palma de Mallorca (Spain), the first simulated consultations were taking place on 20th November 2012. There were a total of 4 simulated patients, two patients from countries already operating: France, Italy and two from new epSOS countries: Swiss and Turkey.


Thursday, December 20, 2012

Towards a European Quality label for ICT industry training and certifications

At the conference leading stakeholders will discuss how industry-based training and certification can contribute to reduce ICT skills shortages and unemployment. Solutions for achieving greater clarity and orientation support through the ICT education and training landscape together with latest data on ICT skills demand and supply developments and forecasts (2012 – 2020) will be presented.


Call for Papers: Workshop: Living Inside Mobile Social Information

Call for Papers: Workshop: Living Inside Mobile Social Information

Workshop at Boston University’s College of Communication April 29-30, 2013

Submissions due: January 15, 2013

What will social life be like when each of us has instant personal information about those around us? It is easy to conjure utopian and dystopian visions of this future. By contrast, the purpose of this workshop is to draw upon empirical evidence we already have to construct frameworks for rigorous understandings of these likely changes. Emerging technologies are increasingly offering mobile people convenient heads-up displays of situationally relevant data on an individualized basis. Such data could be based on cues such as eye-tracking or physical location in an environment. Data streams could include co-location of friends, commercial offers, tourist information, news and sports updates, and even running scans of personal characteristics of passers-by on the street. When chatting with friends, voice stress analysis and other psychological state indications could be detected and displayed to users. A host of issues will arise as people begin interacting with these technologies which will likely engage a gamut of utopian and dystopian possibilities.

Having readily accessible information concerning the ambient environment is for many an exciting prospect though for others it is a source of concern and distress. Yet despite strong reactions to these developments, commentary on how such technologies may affect social relations and individuals’ internal states has too often remained the province of casual commentators. By contrast, drawing on research – including on topics such as ubiquitous and immersive computing, media and locational badges, and distributed context-aware applications – insights may be available concerning interactions that future users may face. Historical analogies should also prove illuminating. The purpose of this workshop therefore is to move past casual speculation and instead draw on systematic social-science based analyses of relevant issues regarding interaction under mobile conditions when information, especially socially relevant information, is widely available.

Workshop Dates

The two-day workshop will be held at Boston University (Boston, MA, USA) on Monday and Tuesday, April 29-30, 2013. Offering a mix of invited and submitted papers, it will have both public and experts-only sessions. Submitted abstracts will be competitively judged by a peer-review panel. A selection of workshop papers will be published in a peer-reviewed edited book. The book will be published as an open-access volume.

Who should submit papers?

For those who may have researched this topic from any of a variety of perspectives, this workshop provides an opportunity to explore these questions in greater depth. Scholars and researchers are invited to submit paper abstracts for presentation consideration. One goal of the workshop is to draw on the best of current thinking to develop a conceptual map as to what is known and what are the pertinent research and policy questions that can be reasonably addressed. In addition, ideas will be gathered about what data are needed to better understand the issue area. In essence, then, the workshop aims to overlay and integrate perspectives from communication research, social psychology, anthropology and sociology with what has traditionally been a heavily gadget-centered/ubiquitous-computing line of research.

Suggested Topics

The topics that might be developed for the workshop – preferably based on empirical data, such as small-scale studies, prototype development, historical analogies or tests and surveys – could include:

Are there likely to be cognitive difficulties handling the multi-tasking that such technologies will provide? To what extent will the technologies give rise to feelings of “information overload” or lead people to be more effective and satisfied with their daily lives?

What opportunities are there for tapping user behavior for commercial, educational and touristic endeavors? How can the benefits of such opportunities be distributed equitably?

Some envisioned technologies could allow users to determine state-of-being qualities about those around them. Such information might include body temperature, galvanic skin response, and blood pressure which could be used to create indices of nervousness or fitness. What interactional, policy and social issues will such uses have?

Will these technologies require modifications in privacy protections? What mechanisms can best address such a fast-moving area?

What are implications for societies in the developing world? Will these technologies reduce or exacerbate issues of digital divides, economic opportunity, democratic practices, political mobilization and individual freedom?

An individual’s real-time health conditions and behavior can be collected and displayed. Will people benefit from such information, decide to ignore it, or experience anxiety and preoccupation about medical issues?

Submission information

Those wishing to submit a paper for presentation consideration at the workshop should e-mail the following material to by January 15, 2013:

Author names(s)

Position title, affiliation and website

Email and physical mailing address

Title of abstract

Body of abstract of at least 200 words, including major conclusion

Author profile of about 120 words, including relevant publications

Acceptance decisions will be made by January 30, 2013. Final papers of no more than 25 double-spaced pages will be due on April 12, 2013. They will be distributed to other expert-session participants before the event so that participants can devote more time to discussing issues raised by the papers in contrast to listening to formal presentations.

This event is sponsored by the Division of Emerging Media Studies, College of Communication, Boston University and co-sponsored by Microsoft Research.

Now Open: Invitation for Commitment to the Action Plans of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing

The European Commission is opening the Invitation for Commitment to the Action Plans of the European Innovation Partnership on Active and Healthy Ageing. It is done in order to further strengthen and extend the critical mass working to transform the delivery of care to ageing citizens, building upon the initial progress and momentum generated by the Partnership.


CIP Information Day and specific workshop on Health, Ageing Well and Inclusion (Objectives 3.1-3.3)

On 15 January 2013 the European Commission will hold an information day on Call 7 of the Competitiveness & Innovation Programme ICT Policy Support Programme (CIP ICT PSP). The morning session will provide participants with important information on the funding instruments as well as Themes 1, 3 and 4. To ensure that participants interested in ICT for Health, Ageing Well and Inclusion make the most of their time in Brussels, we are organising an information and networking workshop dedicated to Objectives 3.1 – 3.3 of the CIP ICT PSP on the afternoon of 15th January. Note that the workshop will take place in the Commission's Borschette Conference Centre (Rue Froissart 36, 1040 Brussels) – a short walk from the Charlemagne building. The 2 events are separate but complementary: the morning session of the information day provides an essential overview of the programme's objectives and instruments. In the afternoon, the workshop provides an excellent opportunity for prospective programme applicants to put their questions directly to the European Commission, present their ideas to stakeholders and meet potential partners.


Wednesday, December 19, 2012

Call for Papers: CHI 2013 Workshop on Designing for- and With- Vulnerable People

Call for Papers: CHI 2013 Workshop on Designing for- and With- Vulnerable People

April 27, 2013 Paris, France

The workshop will be held as part of CHI 2013: Changing Perspectives, the annual ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems that wil be held in Paris, France between the 27 April and 2 May 2013. The workshop will be held on a single day prior to the start of the conference on 27 April 2013.

Important Dates:

• Submission by: January 11th, 2013

• Notification of Acceptance: February 8th, 2013

• Workshop day: April 27th, 2013

Increasingly ubiquitous technologies coupled with a surge in empirical research on people who face cognitive, emotional, physical and social challenges give human–computer interaction (HCI) and design the potential to enrich the lives of vulnerable people. Designing for people with vulnerabilities requires research approaches that are sensitive to the risks of stigmatizing people and awareness of the challenges that can be involved for those involved. Prior work related to vulnerability in HCI has included research into homeless mothers, people living with dementia, the financial practices of older people, children with special needs and people with depressive disorders, among many others. This workshop aims to synthesize and build upon this prior work by bringing together a diverse community to explore shared sensitivities across examples of vulnerability, identify methodological and ethical implications that working with vulnerable individuals have on research, and ascertain opportunities for future research into technology designed with and for vulnerable groups.

This one-day workshop will bring together an interdisciplinary group of researchers, designers and practitioners who are currently working to design technologies with vulnerable user groups in the field of interaction design or health care, or are interested in the topic. We invite the submission of 4-6 page position papers in ACM Extended Abstract format ( offering perspectives on topics including (but not limited to):

• Reflections on the notion of vulnerability in HCI and design

• Empirical studies of research with vulnerable groups

• Novel designs responding to the needs of a vulnerable group and associated methods

• Discussions of existing or new frameworks for designing with vulnerable people

• Participatory research within sensitive contexts

• Theoretical and inter-disciplinary explorations of the concept of vulnerability both in HCI and generally

• Reflections on how working with certain groups heightens their vulnerability or makes researchers themselves become vulnerable.

Alongside this, we also ask all submitting authors to provide a 100-150 word bio about their background and their reasons for wanting to participate in the workshop. This will be published online.

Submissions should be sent to by the 11th January 2013. Workshop submissions will be reviewed by the program committee and workshop organizers. Accepted position papers will be made available on the workshop website. We will ask participants to read specific position papers prior to the workshop.

Please also note that all workshop participants must register for both the workshop and for at least one day of the main CHI 2013 conference. The reason for this policy is that workshops are supposed to be a part of the CHI conference, not separate events that happen to be in the same location at the same time. The intention is that people will be attending the conference as well.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Call for Papers: Nursing Science Quarterly

Call for Papers: Nursing Science Quarterly

Nursing Science Quarterly (NSQ) is a peer-reviewed, quarterly publication for nurse researchers, educators, practitioners, and graduate students in nursing science, philosophy, or research. The journal publishes original manuscripts focusing on nursing theory development, nursing theory-guided practice, quantitative and qualitative research, and practice. NSQ features original articles focusing on theoretical concerns, practice applications, teaching—learning processes, research issues, ethical issues, scholarly dialogue, international perspectives, and book reviews and new media. The journal is a member of the Committee on Publication Ethics (COPE).

The editor invites healthcare specialists concerned with any of these areas to submit material on topics including, but not

limited, to:

• Nursing as a Human Science

• Nursing Theory–Guided Practice

• Nursing Theory–Guided Qualitative and Quantitative Research

• Conceptual Models

• Critical Thinking

• Nursing Theory and Presence with the Dying

• Nursing Theory and Quality of Life

• Nursing Theory and Quality of Nurses’ Work-Life

• Nursing Theory and End of Life Issues

• Nursing Theory and Patient Safety

• Nursing Theory and Public Policy

• Ethical Dilemmas

• Teaching-Learning Related to Nursing Frameworks and Theories

• Nursing Theory and Family Healthcare

• Middle-Range Theories Connected to Grand Theories

• Nursing Theory and Public Health

• Nursing Theory and Simulation in Nursing Education

• Nursing Theory and Views of Suffering

• Nursing Theory and Leadership

• Social Media and Nursing Theory


Rosemarie Rizzo Parse, RN, PhD, FAAN

Loyola University Chicago

Speech - Driving digital growth

Press conference on new digital priorities for 2013-2014, Brussels


Call for Papers: 3rd Workshop on Mobile Accessibility

Call for Papers: 3rd Workshop on Mobile Accessibility

To be held on April 28 at CHI'13, the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems is the premier international conference on human-computer interaction, Paris, France


Mobile assistive technologies

Dealing with Individual Differences

Dealing with Situational Impairments

Adaptive Mobile Interfaces

Empowerment through mobile devices

Guidelines for Mobile Interfaces

Mobile Web accessibility challenges

Mobile Web Standards and Guidelines

Relationship between Mobile Web and Devices

HTML 5.0 Mobile Accessibility

Evaluating Mobile Web Accessibility


Papers should be 3-4 pages in Extended Abstracts format. The submission should be done via EasyChair. Reviews will be double-blind, so please remove information identifying authors from your submissions.

At least one author of each accepted paper must register for the workshop and at least one day of the CHI conference.


In line with previous editions, we are arranging for authors of selected papers to submit extended versions to a special issue of the Universal Access in the Information Society journal.

Important dates

January 11th. Submission deadline

February 8th. Notification to authors

April, 28th. Workshop

The “Mobile” in “Mobile Health” Isn’t the Gadget; It’s the Data

"In general, when people talk about mHealth, they think about the device. But the true definition of mobile health doesn’t focus exclusively on the device, but on the fact that the information and data is mobile. It moves. The information is able to be collected wherever it is needed and transmitted wherever it needs to go. It’s less gadget-oriented, and more commerce-oriented and transaction-oriented, focused on the ability to capture information and transmit it when and where it’s needed."


Do you have an iphone? Explore the top 10 ways of its medical use!

In many cases the iPhone applifies the power of the device to which it is attached by its computing power. In some, it uses it powerful photographic and optic powers to affect change. Check out the top 10 ways of the device's medical use.


Help us improve our analysis and measurement!

If you deal with DG Connect on a regular basis, or are interested in the how we measure our performance as a public service, you can give us your views by responding to a questionnaire. By doing so, you will help us to check the evidence on which we base our priority actions in 2013 and beyond.


Digital "to-do" list: new digital priorities for 2013-2014

The European Commission has today adopted seven new priorities for the digital economy and society. The digital economy is growing at seven times the rate of the rest of the economy, but this potential is currently held back by a patchy pan-European policy framework. Today's priorities follow a comprehensive policy review and place new emphasis on the most transformative elements of the original 2010 Digital Agenda for Europe.


Monday, December 17, 2012

Digital Efficiency Report 2012 from Cabinet Office UK

"The size of the prize from bringing transactional services offered by central government online is considerable. On the basis of historic data looking at the savings already achieved by existing digital services over offline alternatives, this report estimates that between £1.7 billion and £1.8 billion could be realised as total annual savings to the government and service users. The savings made from greater digitisation of transactions, including their back-end processes, can be achieved whilst maintaining and ultimately improving service quality..." © Crown Copyright All content is available under the Open Government Licence (, except where otherwise stated.


Friday, December 14, 2012

ICT Call 11 Information Day

The next call for proposals of technology-enhanced learning research projects is ICT Call 11 closes on 16 April 2013. The European Commission is organising this Information day specifically dedicated to the technology-enhanced learning work programme. This event is intended for stakeholders interested in submitting research project proposals. It aims to help participants understand the work programme and criteria for the evaluation of proposals, facilitate the sharing of ideas and experiences, and meet potential partners for project consortia.


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Why healthcare should embrace the digital revolution

These days, patients and health professionals are enthusiastically using telehealth solutions - while millions of Europeans have downloaded smartphone apps to keep track of their health and wellbeing. Yet digital healthcare has yet to reap its great potential to improve healthcare and boost efficiency. This is a short video about the work the European Commission is doing in this area.


Wednesday, December 12, 2012

SME Competition at the eHealth Week 2013 - registration is now open

Are you part of European Small and Medium Enterprises with eHealth profile? Apply for the EU SME eHealth Competition, registration is now open. The Final will take place at the eHealth Week in Dublin (Ireland) on the 13th May 2013


2013 United Nations Public Service Awards (UNPSA) Programme - extension of deadline to 31/12/2012

The award is open to all public organizations including Governments and public-private partnerships involved in delivering services to citizens around the globe. Your institution is welcome to nominate projects that have improved delivery of public services for the 2013 Public Service Awards. Please be advised that the nomination form must be completed online on the UNPAN portal at: where a thorough explanation of the nomination process and the online application form are available. For more information on UNPSA, including application manual, previous winners and guidelines, please click here . The winners of the UNPSA are recognized every year on 23 June during the celebration of the United Nations Public Service Day. The Awards for 2013 will be bestowed in the following five categories: 1. Preventing and Combating Corruption in the Public Service 2. Improving the Delivery of Public Services 3. Fostering Participation in Policy-Making Decisions through Innovative Mechanisms 4. Promoting Whole-Of-Government Approaches in the Information Age 5. Promoting Gender-Responsive Delivery of Public Services


Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Effective online public services across borders (Large Scale Pilot projects)

Effective interaction between public administrations, citizens and businesses is essential to build the digital society. Online delivery of basic services to citizens and businesses (for instance personal documents, income taxes, company registration or VAT) help public authorities provide better services. Today, many public services are available online but this is not always the case across borders. Key in the strategy to improve such interaction is the development of Large Scale Pilot projects (LSPs) engaging stakeholders such as public authorities, service providers and research centres across the EU in the implementation of common solutions to deliver online public services and make them accessible throughout Europe. Five LSPs work on this: E-CODEX, EPSOS, STORK 2.0, PEPPOL and SPOCS... Discover them!


Saturday, December 8, 2012

Call for Session Proposals: Interpersonal Violence Interventions - Social and Cultural Perspectives

Call for Session Proposals: Interpersonal Violence Interventions - Social and Cultural Perspectives

August 28–30th 2013 University of Jyväskylä, Jyväskylä, Finland

Submission of session proposals closes January 15th 2013

How has violence been understood in different ages and cultures? How is it defined today? Conference’s aim is to bring together experts on interpersonal violence in the fields of social and legal studies, history, cultural research, psychology and health care or from any relevant discipline.

Submission of Session proposals/abstracts December 1st 2012 - January 15th 2013


Interpersonal violence and tolerance to it from various cultural aspects

Gendered violence, interpersonal violence, sexual violence

Violence and lifespan: childhood, youth, adult, seniors

Honour, shame and violence

Religion, authorities and violence

Mental violence, bullying, virtual violence

International comparisons of homicide rates, violence and media

Social labeling - perpetrator, victim

Violence in subcultures, violence in sports, workplace violence

Contact Information

University of Jyväskylä, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy and the Department of History and Ethnology

Conference email:

Conference Chair: Mikko Mäntysaari, Department of Social Sciences and Philosophy

Conference Secretary: Ville Sarkamo, Department of History and Ethnology

Friday, December 7, 2012

Commission Staff Working Document - eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020 – innovative healthcare for the 21st century

Accompanying the document "Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions - eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020 – innovative healthcare for the 21st century


eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020 - Innovative healthcare for the 21st century

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions


Commission Staff Working Document on the applicability of the existing EU legal framework to telemedicine services

Accompanying the document "Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Socia Committee and the Committee of the Region-eHealth Action Plan 2012-2020 – innovative healthcare for the 21st century"


Putting patients in the driving seat: A digital future for healthcare

The European Commission has unveiled an action plan to address barriers to the full use of digital solutions in Europe's healthcare systems.


Wednesday, December 5, 2012


Acknowledging the importance of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in this field, the report looks at ways for cities and local communities to develop into energy-efficient, carbon-neutral Smart Cities. The report, which is foreworded by the mayors of four prominent European Cities, hereby addresses both advanced cities and newcomers. It identifies research areas and medium-term research needs which are essential for moving in the smart direction. It also explores the role Europe can play in this process. For ease of reading, it includes an executive summary. Last but not least, the report displays a number of definitions and names relevant initiatives in Europe.


AAL CALL 6: Info Day

The AAL Association is organising an information day for the next call of the AAL Joint Programme: “ICT solutions for supporting occupation in life of older adults.” The topic of this sixth call will be explained as well as the procedures for applying and for searching a partner. Call 6 of the AAL JP aims at funding the development of ICT-based solutions which enable older adults to continue managing their occupation – at work in an office or a factory (or any working environment), in a first or subsequent new second or third careers, in paid or voluntary occupation – while preserving health and motivation to remain active. The call shall target the preservation of cognitive and physical capabilities of older persons when performing their paid or unpaid activity.


Study on collaborative production in eGovernment (SMART 2010/0075)

This study aims to identify what is collaborative e-government and how Europe is positioned against the US and Australia; how it is implemented and what are its barriers and drivers; why it is important in terms of socio-economic impact; and finally what should be done by government to increase its positive impact.


Methodologies to Measure the Potential of Smart Grids for Green House Gas Reductions

This study analysed five EU electricity markets in order to model the impact on decarbonisation of the introduction of Smart Grids. The study also identified Smart Grid functionalities which are indispensable for the reaping of energy and GHG benefits. The study also made recommendations for future EU policies in the field, and pointed out areas that require further research efforts.


Monday, December 3, 2012

Commission proposes rules to make government websites accessible for all

Over 100 million EU citizens would find it easier to use online public services to look for a job, register a car, submit a tax declaration and apply for a passport or driving license thanks to new rules proposed today by the European Commission on the International Day of People with Disability. The Commission's proposal for a Directive on the accessibility of public sector bodies' websites would introduce mandatory EU standardised accessibility features, from the end of 2015, for 12 types of websites. Mandatory accessibility would apply to essential government services like social security and health related services, job searches, university applications and issuing of personal documents and certificates. The proposed new rules would also clarify what web accessibility means (technical specs, methodology for assessment, reporting, bottom up testing), and governments would be encouraged to apply the rules across all services, not only the mandatory list.


Proposal for a Directive of the European Parliament and of the Council on the accessibility of public sector bodies' websites

The European Commission's proposal for a new Directive aiming at the approximation of the laws, regulations and administrative provisions of the Member States on the accessibility of websites of public sector bodies.


Tuesday, November 27, 2012

How do you think the world will look like in 2050?

Co-create futures in our virtual lab "Futurium"


CFP: Voices of Resistance

Invitation & Call For Abstracts
'Voices of Resistance': Communication and Social Justice
Communication Graduate Research and Discourse Conference 2013

The Pennsylvania State University, March 16, 2013

For decades, protesters, academics and activists have called for action via media to raise awareness about the various
issues that plague the world's population. The Comm GRAD Forum (CGF) seeks submissions regarding any work on any aspect of media, social justice and activism. This conference hopes to highlight how theory meets practice in scholarship that addresses the relationship between communications and social justice.
Keynote speaker Dr. Robert Jensen from University of Texas, Austin, and hip hop artist/activist Jasiri X and artist/activist Paradise Gray will be joining the conversation.
We encourage graduate and undergraduate students, and faculty from all disciplines to share papers, proposals,
reviews, critiques, ideas, and projects that address and question social justice issues, including but not limited to:
·              Issues of Media Representation
·              Rhetoric
·              Economic Inequality
·              Racial discrimination
·              Gender disparities
·              Political and Cultural oppression
·              Environmentalism
·              Classism
·              Sexuality
·              Human rights
·              Education
·              Ethnicity and religion

If you are interested in having your work considered for this conference, please submit an abstract of no more than

300 words to  by January 20, 2013. We also welcome submissions of complete sessions of 3-4 papers on a common theme, panel discussions, or other formats.

If you have questions regarding the conference, please contact us at:

"If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor."