Friday, February 8, 2013

Features





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Large Scale Pilot Projects working on Cross-border Digital Public Services - Interview with Paul Timmers

Industry/businesses/SMEs: - Why to attend the conference 'BUILD, CONNECT, GROW: Make business in the Digital Single Market', 21/2/2013 in Brussels? - Cross-border Digital Public Services: What's in it for you? - Which solutions/building blocks are developed by the Large-Scale Pilot Projects STORK 2.0, SPOCS, epSOS, e-CODEX and PEPPOL?



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Thursday, February 7, 2013

eChallenges e-2013 Conference and Exhibition, 09 - 11 October 2013, Dublin, Ireland, Call for Papers Deadline - 08 March

Supported by the European Commission, the 23rd annual eChallenges e-2013 Conference & Exhibition takes place in Malahide, Dublin, Ireland from 09 - 11 October. Focused on Applied ICT addressing major Societal Challenges, and showcasing strategic keynote presentations, technical and policy papers, case studies and workshops, eChallenges brings together senior representatives from leading commercial, government and research organisations around the world to share knowledge and experience, lessons learnt, good practice and innovation



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The Carer+ Digital Competence Framework: mapping and developing carers’ skills

The Carer+ consortium is currently finalising research that will lead to the creation of the Carer+ Digital Competence Framework that will provide care workers and caregivers with a reference tool that will help them assess their digital competence and plan their further development in an organised and outcome-oriented way. Using the framework, the caregiver will be able to tell what knowledge and skills he/she currently possesses, on what levels of mastery, and where best to aim further learning. Schools, teachers and trainers can make good use of the framework as well by structuring and facilitating their courses’ plans and objectives. It can also help employers to plan their staff’s professional development. The tool will be finalised in the first quarter of 2013 and published in a wiki environment in the Carer+ Portal for all interested stakeholders to use, review and comment.



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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

EU-Funded Deployment Projects in the area of ICT For Ageing Well

In response to the challenges and opportunities presented by an ageing global population, nine pilot projects were launched by the European Commission within the Action Plan for Ageing Well in the Information Society. The aim of these pilots was to implement various ICT solutions at pilot sites across Europe to further promote their role in encouraging active and healthy ageing. This cluster of pilots came to a successful conclusion at the end of 2012. These pilots not only explore options for in the home, but also remote assistance, as well as enabling care givers remote access to patient information. These pilot projects not only provide concrete examples of successful, high level, international collaboration, but also a considerable number of case studies demonstrating the benefits of introducing technology into the lives of older people for improved security and social interaction.



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Building Competitiveness and Business Performance with ICT

Based on the results of a survey completed by over 225 technology leaders, representing firms from North America, Europe and the Asia- Pacific region and from a variety of industrial sectors, this report discusses the potential business value of three important technologies, namely mobility, cloud-based services and collaboration platforms.



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Tuesday, February 5, 2013

An unobtrusive device to keep the elderly safe at home

A home surveillance system that doesn't offend residents' privacy can be a smart safety solution for elderly persons living independently. It's a biologically inspired stereo sensor that relies on artificial intelligence. If a person has a fall in the surveilled area, the device detects the event visually, interprets it as a cause for alarm and sends a detailed text message to the relatives or the nurse maid, who can rapidly intervene. The system doesn't require wearable sensors and doesn't transmit any visual images outside, making it reliable and safe for privacy.



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Video on Human Heart wins the international science and technology visualization challenge

A video produced by the Barcelona Supercomputing Center (BSC) has won the video category of the 10th annual international science and technology visualization challenge, organised by Science Magazine and the National Science Foundation (NSF). The video ‘Alya Red: a computational heart’ describes their project to simulate the human heart. It show scientific visualizations of simulations using the computational electromechanical model applied to a rabbit heart. The short film was made by BSC’s multi-disciplinary visualization team which makes videos on one hand to help researchers get another angle on their data and on the other to help the general public to understand the significance of our work. BSC is a partner of the "Human Brain Project" that has been selected by the European Commission as one of the two FET Flagship projects set to receive one billion euros to deliver 10 years of world-beating science at the crossroads of science and technology.



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Safer Internet Day 2013: "Connect with Respect"

The Commission has presented the results of joint work of media, technology, telecoms and online companies undertaken since their December 2011 commitment to make the internet a better and safer place for kids.



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Safer Internet Day 2013: "Connect with Respect"

Links to company statements and other key documents



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Benchmarking study of parental control tools - Latest findings

Commission study on benchmarking of parental control tools shows a positive trend in the availability of parental controls



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Better Internet for Kids: CEO Coalition 1 year on

The CEO Coalition makes its first recommendations to make the internet a better and safer place for kids



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Community of Practice for Self- and Co-Regulation





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Principles for Better Self- and Co-Regulation and Establishment of a Community of Practice





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Monday, February 4, 2013

ONLIFE Initiative: Concept Reengineering for rethinking societal concerns in the digital transition

How do we grasp or make sense of the challenges in a hyperconnected era? How can we reengineer key concepts, such as privacy, ownership, responsibility? To contribute to this debate, a group of scholars will release, on February 8, the “Onlife Manifesto”. The speakers from the academic, non-governmental, business and policy-making organisations chaired by Robert Madelin, Director General of DG CONNECT, and Constantijn Van Oranje Nassau, Deputy Head of Cabinet of EC Vice President Neelie Kroes will discuss the hypersonnectivity's challenges.



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