Friday, January 25, 2013

Commission issues action call in Davos - with IT sector and telecoms companies - to close digital skills and jobs gap in Europe

Europe faces up to 700.000 unfilled ICT jobs and declining competitiveness. The number of digital jobs is growing – by 3% each year during the crisis – but the number of new ICT graduates and other skilled ICT workers is shrinking. Our youth need actions not words, and companies operating in Europe need the right people or they will move operations elsewhere. Today, the Commission is issuing a call to action to companies, governments, educators, social partners, employment service providers and civil society to join us in a massive effort to "turn the tide". Young Europeans should have the tools to enter digital careers or to create jobs as entrepreneurs.


Thursday, January 24, 2013

Call for Papers: PHDA 2013 1st International Workshop on Public Health in the Digital Age: Social Media, Crowdsourcing and Participatory Systems

Call for Papers: PHDA 2013 1st International Workshop on Public Health in the Digital Age: Social Media, Crowdsourcing and Participatory Systems

The 1st International Workshop on Public Health in the Digital Age: Social Media, Crowdsourcing and Participatory Systems will take place in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on May 14, 2013 in conjunction with WWW 2013, the 22nd International World Wide Web Conference.


Web-based systems, on-line information streams and mobile devices have radically changed the way we monitor large-scale communities and engage with them. This workshop aims to explore how this revolution impacts on the ability to monitor signals related to public health in real time, engage with citizens and support public health interventions at individual and population levels underpinned by real time situational awareness.

The enormous potential to improve public health through harvesting, analysis, visualisation of Big Data cannot be more clearly expressed. Public health needs to leverage cutting edge computer science and availability of real time Big Data from social networks, blogs, games, 24×7 online media providing constant stream of real time situation-aware data to be harnessed, analysed and rapidly responded to increase public participation and avoid public health threats. Existing systems illustrating the potential of analysis of online data include HealthMap, Medisys, participatory flu surveillance system Epiworks and the Swine flu 2009 early warning system using Twitter developed at City University. Finally, due to social media and social networks, risk communication and public information about health threats takes place online in conjunction with official and traditional health communication channels.

The aim of this interdisciplinary workshop is to bring together public health professionals working in public health and epidemic intelligence services in WHO, ECDC, CDC and computer science researches in Big Data mining, crowdsourcing and SM user engagement to raise awareness of one of the most critical global applications: public health, user participation and risk communication.


Public health informatics covers a wide spectrum of healthcare including surveillance, persuasive techniques for behaviour change, risk assessment and risk communication and epidemic intelligence, automated early identification of health threats and response.

Submissions are welcome from the range of stakeholders involved in digital public health including:

academia (computer scientists, health informaticians, public health experts, epidemiologists, etc)

national public health sector (e.g. HPA, InVS, RKI, etc)

international public health agencies (ECDC, WHO, CDC, etc)

epidemic intelligence systems providers (GPHNIN, Medysis, HealthMap, etc)

NGOs and Agencies with relevant remit (MSF, Red Cross/Crescent, UNHCR, UN ITU, etc)


The topics include but are not restricted to:

online social networks and Web-based participatory systems public health

mining social media streams and micro-blogging systems for public health signals

epidemic intelligence and early warning using search and social media data mining

crowdsourcing, user engagement, user modeling

online machine learning and public health event detection from social media streams

situational awareness for public health

Big data analysis of disease prevalence

validation and trust algorithms and models

visual analytics and exploratory data analysis of social media for public health

developed of integrated platforms harvesting and analysing real time data for early warning and rapid response

algorithms and methods for risk communication for public health using traditional and social media

information diffusion models for public health

modelling public engagement for public health using analysis of social media networks


Submission Deadline: 25th February 2013

Notification of Acceptance: 13th March 2013

Camera-Ready Deadline: 3rd April 2013

Workshop Date: 14th May 2013


All papers will be peer reviewed by three members of the TPC for relevance, originality, quality and included in the ACM WWW 2013 Workshops Proceedings


Submissions via the EasyChair conference system:

Language: English

Format: ACM SIG Proceedings template with the font size no smaller than 9pt:

Standard Original Papers: 8 Pages

Short Original Papers: 4 Pages

Extended Abstracts (Oral or Posters): 1 Page

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

Call for Presentations on Applications, New Services and Case Studies: M-Enabling Summit

Call for Presentations on Applications, New Services and Case Studies: M-Enabling Summit

June 6-7, 2013 Arlington, Virginia

Deadline: January 30, 2013

Who presents at the M-enabling Summit? Presenters at the M-Enabling Summit are individuals, companies, education or nonprofit organizations who participate in the Summit and wish to share their solutions for seniors and users of all abilities with key players of the mobile accessibility eco-system. Applicants from all countries are welcome. The M-Enabling Program Committee selects presentations of applications, mobile web sites, devices, peripherals or services that leverage new mobile technologies, have demonstrated benefits for seniors and users of all abilities and are currently available with documented user’s experience.

Why submit a presentation? 92% of the Summit’s participants rank sessions with hands-on demos and exchange of experiences among the most useful. Among those participants are mobile service providers, organizations of seniors and persons with disabilities, assistive technology and rehabilitation professionals, special educators, leaders of community and care services for seniors, large corporations CIOs seeking new ways to deploy mobile services for customers of all abilities. The Summit is the largest global conference exclusively dedicated to accessible and assistive solutions with mobile ecosystem participants from more than 32 countries.

How to submit? Send a description of 350 to 500 words maximum describing the solution, its benefits, the type of technology platform it operates with, how it is distributed, links to web pages or app stores, media reviews or articles, references from individual customers, education institutions or organizations serving seniors and users of all abilities who benefit from the solution and any other information including details on users feedback and adoption.

Email submission to

Format or presentation at the Summit: Presentations are made during the Summit Applications Theaters sessions. Each presenter is allocated 10 minutes with the ability to project apps or services on screen. Sessions are moderated by representatives of the end-user community.

Listing in the M-Enabling App and Services Directory: Participating presenters will be referenced in the M-Enabling app and services directory which will be available on-line.

Looking forward to seeing you in Washington June 6-7!


Ron Akins

Tel. 301-493-5500, ext. 3310

Michael Rosenberg

Tel. 301-493-5500, ext. 3308

Pat Hazan-Tessler

Tel. 301- 493-5500, ext. 3386


Put your organisation on the map… the European map of eInclusion

The European Commission JRC-IPTS is conducting jointly with DG-CONNECT the MIREIA (Measuring the Impact of eInclusion Intermediary Actors) project which aims at better understanding the role of e-Inclusion intermediary actors and to create adequate instruments to facilitate the demonstration of their outcomes and their contribution to the achievement of European e-Inclusion policy goals. Within the framework of this research, Telecentre-Europe, commissioned by JRC-IPTS, is conducting an online survey that aims to provide a 'map' of eInclusion actors that operate in Europe, gathering and analysing relevant data and documentation that will enable us to illustrate the diverse typologies and role of key eInclusion intermediary organizations and the socio-economic impact of their activities at European level. This exercise and its outcomes will help the e-Inclusion sector leveraging its resources and would provide vital insights for policy makers to understand the importance of e-Inclusion organisations that are on the forefront of the digital inclusion and empowerment. In practical terms, e-Inclusion Intermediary organisations will have to answer a short online survey, open until 15th February 2013. The survey is available in 15 European languages.


Rising Popularity of Mobile Health Apps

The use of mobile health apps is rising in a fast pace. This Infographic on “Rising Popularity of Mobile Health Apps” published by Indus Net Technologies and designed by InfoGraphic Design Team, talks over the rising popularity and usability of mobile health apps.


Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The 1st International Conference on Internet Science

This is a multidisciplinary conference combining Computer Science, Sociology, Art, Mathematics, Physics, Complex systems analysis, Psychology, Economics, Law, Political Science, Epistemology and other relevant disciplines. The conference aims to foster a dialogue among scholars and practitioners belonging to these disciplines. A call for papers has been launched (deadline: 15 February).


3rd AALIANCE2 stakeholder workshop: standardisation and certification in the field of AAL

The workshop will on one hand review the existing landscape of standards relevant for AAL as documented by AALIANCE2 and on the other hand discuss future needs in terms of new standards, certification programmes and organizational structures for promoting interoperability in the AAL sector, providing input to the revised AALIANCE2 Strategic Research Agenda and Roadmap.


The Grand Coalition for digital job creation: Closing the gap by 2020

The Grand Coalition for digital jobs is an EU wide multi-stakeholder partnership helping to address mismatches and fill vacancies of ICT practitioners to boost employment.


Monday, January 21, 2013

EUREKA call for technological innovation projects

EUREKA, the European network for innovation, has published a call for technological innovation projects. Applicants can submit their proposals to 13 national funding agencies across Europe. The call addresses transnational projects that involve at least one company, university or research institute from a EUREKA member country and another in a member or associated country. While encompassing all technological areas, it aims to support the development of high-tech consumer products such as future electronic tablets and innovative smartphone technologies. The best international research projects will be invited to submit their applications to the EUREKA scheme or the Eurostars Programme 10th cut-off. Applications are to be submitted before Friday 15 February 2013 either to National Project Coordinators or the EUREKA Secretariat.