Friday, August 30, 2013

Wanted: Web-entrepreneurs

Europe turns to entrepreneurship to drive innovation and future growth. As the EU prepares to launch its new web entrepreneurship strategy, European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes takes a look at how it will help to stimulate Europe’s economy and meet the goals of the Digital Agenda ...


Consolidated version of the PSI Directive is now available


Consultation on best ways to open up more public data

The Commission is asking for help in drawing up guidance and practical advice for boosting the re-use of weather data, traffic data, publicly funded research data, statistics, digitised books, and other types of public sector information (PSI).


Regulatory mess hurting broadband investment: consumers and businesses stuck in slow lane

Today, telecoms companies face different charges and regulatory systems from country to country in the EU, despite years of Commission efforts to smooth out these differences. Overall, these problems make companies reluctant to invest large sums in new high-speed networks, while limiting competition by making it difficult for companies to enter new markets based on an existing business model.


Tackling societal challenges with Social Collective Intelligence and ICT

The conference aims to present the Social-IST main project outcomes (namely the White Paper on Research Challenges in Social Collective Intelligence and the Roadmap for FET Initiatives in Social Collective Intelligence) and to promote an open dialogue on how a new form of ICT can help us build a smarter society. The event will bring together more than 20 speakers, who will debate with the public scientific challenges brought forward by Social Collective Intelligence, its impact on various application domains and the community support needed to foster its development.


ICT 2013 Networking

The European Commission published an open call for Networking sessions at ICT2013 on 15th March 2013. The call closed on 10 May. 252 proposals were received. The selection committee selected 153 networking sessions.


Thursday, August 29, 2013

Workshop on eParticipation - Call for Speakers

On 15 October, the European Commission (DG Connect, unit H3 Public Services) in collaboration with ePractice is organising a workshop for public administrations, eGovernment experts, civil society representatives, industry representatives, policy makers, politicians, academics and eParticipation projects' representatives to highlight ways to empower citizens in the decision-making process with the view to further strengthen democratic processes.

Please apply before 13 September for a placement as speaker.


Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Communication Theory Interest Group Call for Submissions: 2014 Central States Communication Association Conference

Communication Theory Interest Group Call for Submissions: 2014 Central States Communication Association Conference

April 2 – April 6, 2014 Minneapolis, Minnesota


The Communication Theory Interest Group welcomes submissions of competitive papers and panel proposals for the 2014 CSCA Conference. Any topic related to communication theory is welcome. We encourage submissions that not only focus on the convention theme, "Elevate," but also on scholarship that highlights key intersections uniting communication scholars from varying areas of study and intellectual traditions.

The Communication Theory Interest Group is especially interested in submissions that:

• Extend theory into new areas (e.g., social media, CMC)

• Examine current developments and/or advances in communication theory

• Address beneficial ways of teaching communication theory (all theoretically-grounded pedagogical approaches will be reviewed)

• Consider the relationship between theory and method

• Contribute to the development of communication as a theoretically-informed discipline

• Address the application of theory in all contexts of communication

We welcome various types of submissions, including competitive paper panels, response and discussion panels and roundtable discussions. We welcome submissions from faculty, undergraduate and graduate students, and communication practitioners whose work is informed by communication theory.

The top competitive student paper and the top competitive paper by a faculty member or professional will be given a cash award. Other researchers submitting the top three papers will receive recognition.

Guidelines for submission of competitive papers and panel proposals:

Competitive papers must conform to the specifications of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA), 6th edition. On the title page (separate from the remainder of the document) include the name(s) of author(s), institutional affiliation(s), and contact information. All author references must be removed from the text of the paper. Students submitting papers should mark the title page as a STUDENT submission. Authors should keep their submissions to a maximum of 25 pages (not including title page, references, appendices, etc.). This is not a firm requirement, but it will aid in the reviewing process.

Panel proposals must include a title, the name of person responsible for the program, and names, institutional affiliations, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of each panel participant. Include a 200-word abstract for the panel AND a 100-word abstract or brief explanation for each participant's purpose/perspective. Panel proposals must also include a 2013 CSCA "Panel Proposal Form" (

Submit papers and proposals as MICROSOFT WORD (only) attachments to Patric Spence (

Submissions must be received by October 4, 2013, by 6 pm EST. Only complete papers and/or proposals will be considered. Upon paper submission, please indicate in your email if a/v equipment is needed. CSCA will attempt to provide LCD projectors and screens. We cannot approve or grant requests for such technology as overhead projectors, VCRs/DVDs, PCs, camcorders, laser printers, satellite links, teleconference equipment, and video data projectors. Individuals may elect to rent such equipment at the conference at their own expense. Such equipment may not be charged to CSCA. Individuals may bring their own equipment, unless prohibited by the conference hotel. Any audiovisual equipment requested by participants at the conference, but not at the time of submission, will not be provided by nor charged to CSCA.

If you have questions or need additional information please contact:

Patric Spence, PhD

CTIG Program Planner

Associate Professor, Division of Instructional Communication Research

University of Kentucky

Email: CSCACTIG@Gmail.Com (for conference questions)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Conference: The new PSI Directive: what’s next?