Saturday, February 2, 2013

2013 Call for Abstracts, Presentations, Interactive Demos, Tabletop (Tradeshow) Presentation, Startup Pitches and Panel Proposals: Medicine 2.0 '13

2013 Call for Abstracts, Presentations, Interactive Demos, Tabletop (Tradeshow) Presentations, Startup Pitches and Panel Proposals: Medicine 2.0 '13

September 23-24, 2013 London, United Kingdom

Abstract submission deadline: March 7th, 2013

Medicine 2.0 '13, aka the 6th World Congress on Social Media, Mobile Apps, and Internet/Web2.0 in Health and Medicine, this year hosted in London, will once again be very international and contain a unique mix of traditional academic/research, practice and business presentations, keynote presentations, and panel discussions to discuss emerging technologies in health and medicine, with an emphasis on Internet-based, social media, and mobile technologies.

We strive for an interdisciplinary mix of presenters from different countries and disciplines (e.g. health care, social sciences, computer science, engineering, or business) and with a different angle (research, practice, and business).

Why attend?

While Medicine 2.0 (which we read as “next generation medicine”) has inspired and spun off regional, mostly non-academic meetings, the well-known Medicine 2.0 congress remains the annual main event, and is the top-rated conference in the field, with international participation and a peer-reviewed research stream, a practice stream, and a business stream.

Medicine 2.0 rotates each year to a new host ensuring that you don’t hear the same speakers and ideas over and over again. Past conferences have been in Canada, Europe, and the USA.

Disseminate your research – through web-streaming, video publishing and high impact journals. Research presented at the conference makes it into top-ranked journals. The official journal of Medicine 2.0 is JMIR, which has an impact factor of 4.7 and is ranked #1 in medical informatics and #2 in health sciences and services research.

Medicine 2.0 Topics

Blogs and Twitter in Health

Building virtual communities and social networking applications for health professionals

Building virtual communities and social networking applications for patients and consumers

Business models in a Web 2.0 environment

Science 2.0, collaborative biomedical research, academic / scholarly communication, publishing and peer review

Consumer empowerment, patient-physician relationship, and sociotechnical issues

Ethical & legal issues, confidentiality and privacy

Health information on the web: Supply and Demand

Innovative RSS/XML applications and Mashups

Personal health records and Patient portals

Public (e-)health, population health technologies, surveillance

Digital Disease Detection and Biosurveillance using Twitter and other social media/mhealth/Internet sources

The Quantified Self: tracking behavior and health

Search, Collaborative Filtering and Recommender Technologies

Semantic Web ("Web 3.0") applications

The nature and dynamics of social networks in health

Usability and human factors on the web

Virtual (3D) environments, Second Life

Web 2.0 approaches for behaviour change and public health

Web 2.0 approaches for clinical practice, clinical research, quality monitoring

Web 2.0-based medical education and learning


Business modelling in eHealth

Communities in health care

Digital Learning


Health disparities

Human-Computer Interface (HCI) Design

Online decision technology

Participatory health care

Persuasive communication and technology

mHealth Applications

Ubiquitous, pervasive ehealth; domotics; Internet of things

New and emerging Technologies

Friday, February 1, 2013

ICT4E2B Forum Final Conference: The Role of ICT for Energy Efficient Buildings - A Contribution to Horizon 2020, EU Parliament, Brussels

EU Kids Online - Final report

EU Kids Online aims to enhance knowledge of the experiences and practices of European children and parents regarding risky and safer use of the internet and new online technologies, in order to inform the promotion of a safer online environment for children.


European Strategy for a Better Internet for Children - COM(2012) 196 final

Communication from the Commission to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Commitee of the Regions - COM(2012) 196 final


Digital Agenda: New strategy for safer internet and better internet content for children and teenagers

The Commission has set out a plan to give children the digital skills and tools they need to benefit fully and safely from the digital world.


Thursday, January 31, 2013

Decree on communication and re-use of public sector information (2005) SLOVENIA, Original language version


Law on access to Information of Public Character (consolidated version 2006), SLOVENIA, original language version


Decree on communication and re-use of public sector information (2005), SLOVENIA, EN translation


Law on access to Information of Public Character (consolidated version 2006), SLOVENIA, EN translation


Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Behavioral Sciences and Law: Disability, Law and Public Policy, and the World Wide Web

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Behavioral Sciences and Law: Disability, Law and Public Policy, and the World Wide Web

Behavioral Sciences and Law invites submissions for a forthcoming special issue on Disability, Law and Public Policy, and the World Wide Web. The Web has fundamentally changed the way we participate politically, socially and culturally within a complex network of dispersed communities. Although there is a substantial literature on the web and related law and public policy, fewer articles have examined the implications of the web for persons with disabilities and over the life course. Moreover, there is an ongoing debate in academic, legal, and policy circles about the reach and breadth of web accessibility technical standards and performance criteria, and their application under national laws such as the Americans with Disabilities Act, and international conventions such as the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. In addition, there are evolving privacy and security considerations, copyright and ownership issues, and issues of free speech and censorship. To address these and other topics, this special issue aims to provide a resource for academics and researchers, legal and social advocates, online service providers, educators and employers, and policymakers interested in emerging legal and policy issues associated with the full and equal enjoyment of the web by persons with disabilities.

We invite conceptual, legal, and empirical papers on disability, law and policy and the web. Papers from multiple perspectives and novel as well as established disciplines are welcome, such as psychology, sociology, political science, education, business and management, healthcare, vocational rehabilitation, engineering, disability studies, cognitive science, computer science and design, human-computer interaction, and public policy and law.

Papers should be no longer than 30 pages, inclusive of all tables, figures and references. Shorter research notes and focused commentary (no longer than 15 pages in total) are welcome. References should be in American Psychological Association style, although a legally-oriented paper may use the Bluebook Uniform System of Citation. The deadline for submissions is September 1, 2013. Please send two electronic copies of the submission, one blinded for peer review, to John Petrila, J.D., LL.M., University of South Florida ( or Peter Blanck, Ph.D., J.D., Burton Blatt Institute, Syracuse University (, the guest editor for this special issue.

Behavioral Sciences & the Law is a peer reviewed journal that provides current and comprehensive information from throughout the world on topics at the interaction of the law and the behavioral sciences. Appealing to academics, researchers, practitioners, policymakers, the journal balances theoretical, legal, and research writings to provide a broad perspective on pertinent topics.

Safer Internet Programme - Call for Proposals 2013

The Work Programme 2013 as well as the last Call under the Safer Internet Programme 2009-2013 will be published by mid-February.


Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Call for Abstracts: BodyNets 2013--8th International Conference on Body Area Networks

Call for Abstracts: BodyNets 2013--8th International Conference on Body Area Networks

September 30–October 2, 2013 Boston, Massachusetts, United States

BodyNets 2013 aims to provide a world-leading and unique opportunity for bringing together researchers and practitioners from diverse disciplines to plan, analyze, design, build, deploy and experiment with/on body area networks (BANs). We are soliciting high-quality original papers in the following topics (but not limited to):

1. Wearable Computing

Ambient intelligence

Pervasive user interface

Context and situation awareness

Augmented reality

Motion detection and activity recognition

2. Embedded Devices and Medical Applications

High-confidence medical devices

Integration of medical devices with healthcare systems

Medical device plug-and-play

Assistive technologies for independent aging

Pervasive health care and patient monitoring

New medical diagnostics and treatments

Ambient assisted living

Virtual hospitals

3. Communications and Networking

Various types of BANs; e.g, in-body, on-body and around-body networks

Signal/information processing and communication models in BANs

BAN architectures and protocols

Power-efficient communications

Wireless energy transfer

Delay-tolerance, fault-tolerance and reliability in BANs

Cloud computing and BANs

Cognitive networks for medical bands

4. Systems and Applications

Sensing and actuation in BANs

Software engineering and systems engineering for BANs

Modeling, simulations and empirical experiments

Design and performance issues

Tools, testbeds and deployment issues

Wireless-to-bio interface/transduction


Application domains include, but not limited to, biomedical engineering, computer vision, defense, entertainment (e.g. computer games), human computer interaction, interactive arts, Internet of things, physiological monitoring, prosthetics, robotics, smart garments, sports science, and vehicular networks.

In addition to the regular track that covers general/mainstream topics, the BodyNets 2013 technical program features a series of special tracks that focus on specific/emerging topics:

Antennas for Body Area Networks (ABAN)

Body Area Networks for Sports Applications and Systems

Body Area Networks with Social Networks (BANSN)

Brain and Body Computing based on Embodied Knowledge (BBC)

Cloud-assisted Cyber-Physical Systems (CCPS)

Energy Harvesting in Body Area Networks (EHBAN)

Human Body Communications (HBC)

Mobile Grid Computing for Smart Health and Well Being (mGrid4SHB)

Motion Detection and Activity Recognition (MDAR)

Nano-scale Communications and Networking (NCN)

Privacy, Security and Trust in Body Area Networks (PSTBAN)

Smart Garments (SG)

Smart Health and Big Data (SHBD)

Paper Submission:

Authors are invited to submit papers in the following categories:

Regular papers: Up to 7 pages

Short papers: Up to 4 pages

Poster and demo papers: Up to 1 page

Papers must follow the ACM conference paper format. Please visit for detailed submission instructions.

Important Dates:

Regular paper submission due: June 1

Short, poster and demo paper submission due: July 1

Notification of acceptance for regular papers: June 30

Notification of acceptance for short, poster and demo papers: July 15

Camera ready due: July 31


Selected papers will be considered for publication in leading journals such as:

IEEE Journal of Biomedical and Health Informatics

IEEE Transaction on Network and Service Management

ACM/Springer Mobile Networks and Applications

Springer Journal of Ambient Intelligence and Humanized Computing

Wiley Security and Communication Networks Journal

Make light work for medicine

These days light is frequently used for all sorts of therapies and medical applications, from cancer diagnosis and treatment to monitoring of oxygen in the blood. An EU-funded project to support collaboration between researchers, industry and clinicians is helping Europe become a world leader in this exciting new discipline of biophotonics.


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

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 close digital skills and jobs gap in Europe.


Measuring the Impact of eInclusion Actors in Europe

The European Commission’s Institute for Prospective Technological Studies (JRC-IPTS), in collaboration with DG CONNECT, is conducting the MIREIA project which aims at better understanding the role of e-Inclusion intermediary actors. Within the framework of this research, an Online Survey to 'map' eInclusion actors that operate in Europe has just been launched. The survey is addressed to those organisations whose activities include reducing gaps in ICT usage and promoting the use of ICT to overcome exclusion, and improve economic performance, employment opportunities, quality of life or social participation and cohesion. The survey is open until 15 February.


Monday, January 28, 2013

Graphene and Human Brain Project win largest research excellence award in history

The European Commission today announced the winners of a multi-billion euro competition of Future and Emerging Technologies (FET).


Lei n.º46/2007 Regula o acesso aos documentos administrativos e a sua reutilização[…]e transpõe para a ordem jurídica nacional a Directiva n.º2003/98/CE,do Parlamento e do Conselho,de 17 de Novembro,relativa à reutilização de informações do sector público,original (PT) version


Act amending Act N° 483/1991 on Czech Television and certain other Acts) of 23/01/2001, Sbirka Zakonu CR N° 39/2001, 25/01/2001 - EN translated version


Zákon ze dne 23. ledna 2001 kterým se mění zákon č. 483/1991 Sb., o České televizi, ve znění pozdějších předpisů, a o změně některých dalších zákonů (Act amending Act N° 483/1991 on Czech Television and certain other Acts) of 23/01/2001, Sbirka Zakonu CR N° 39/2001, 25/01/2001 - original version


Czech law amending the Free Access to Information Act No 1061/999 (2006)- original language version