Friday, December 19, 2014

iMobility Challenge videos on benefits of iMobility Systems

This document reports on various short videos and one recap video related to the iMobility Challenge events that took place between 01/10/2012 and 31/12/2014. These videos show the benefits of iMobility Systems to both a professional and a public audience.


UNICEF and Millicom team up for a safer Internet world for children

UNICEF and Millicom have formally agreed to a three-year alliance to improve respect for children’s rights in the telecommunication sector. The partnership will strive for positive change within the industry through pilot implementation of the Children’s Rights and Business Principles and the UNICEF and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) Guidelines for Industry on Child Online Protection.


Cooperation on eHealth with Southern Mediterranean countries

On 4 December Morocco hosted the first joint seminar on the benefits, needs and challenges of eHealth solutions in the Southern Mediterranean countries and the EU.


Health is Wealth

This free conference will debate the challenges within the business of healthcare, including medical innovation, quality and delivery of care and demands on services. Robert Madelin (Director General DG Connect) will be one of the keynote speakers.


Blog post: 'Breaking down the Tower of Babel in Medicine'

Prof Dipak Kalra, president of EuroRec and scientific co-ordinator of SemanticHealthNet, wrote a blog post on medical records.


Recent developments in digital health

This meeting will explore the current developments and future applications of digital health across the National Health Service and private settings. Using real world examples, lectures and interactive discussions, this meeting will keep delegates up to date with modern trends and give the opportunity to network with other likeminded professionals.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

Communication training for EU-funded projects

EU-funded research and innovation projects can now attend free of charge online courses to improve their dissemination and communication techniques and tools in order to bridge the gap between lab and market. The courses are organised by the support project Haivisio.


Health 2.0 Europe 2015

The Health 2.0 Europe event features the latest and greatest innovations witnessed by digital health investors. Applications to demo your solutions are open until 13 March 2015.


EU Report: How is our health doing?

Patients in Europe are increasingly moving across borders to pursue medical treatment. Life expectancy is rising but so is obesity. Health spending by European countries is going down. These are some of the findings of the latest EU 'Health at a Glance' report.


ECIM Project : the first tests are positive and encouraging

The European project ECIM intends to develop an application combining, as in a Lego bricks set, all the practical information and services in an area: parking, bike-sharing (VĂ©lib'), car-sharing (Autolib'), public transport, car traffic, etc...


Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Study: National laws on Electronic Health Records and cross-border eHealth services in EU Member States

How is your country doing when it comes to Electronic Health Records (EHRs)? And what interaction is there with cross-border eHealth services? Find answers and recommendations in a study produced and funded under the EU Health Programme.


Digital Health Assembly: Open Innovation

The Conference welcomes digital health professionals from around the world to unite in a common goal – to accelerate developments in Digital Health through Open Innovation. Focusing on the themes of Big Data, Empowering Patients and Staff and Innovative Business Models, top level global presenters will share their insights and experiences of how they are enhancing the evolution of healthcare through Open Innovation.


Tuesday, December 16, 2014

Horizon 2020 Info day for Societal Challenge 1

On 5 December 2014 the European Commission organised an Information Day for the National Contact Points. You will find here the presentations done at the event.


A New Start: European Commission work plan to deliver jobs, growth and investment

Today the European Commission adopted its Work Programme for 2015 – setting out the actions the Commission intends to take over the next 12 months to make a real difference for jobs, growth and investment and bring concrete benefits for citizens. This is an agenda for change.


EU interoperability and eHealth: Antilope final conference

Since 2013, key national and international organisations have been working together in the framework of the EU-funded Antilope project. They selected and defined eHealth standards and specifications. And they created, validated and disseminated a common approach for testing and certification of eHealth solutions and services in Europe. During this final conference and hand-over workshop Antilope’s key outcomes will be presented.


Internet usage by individuals in 2014

Internet usage has become very widespread amongst the EU population, and not only are more and more people using the internet, but they also use it more and more often, with almost two-thirds (65%) using the internet daily in 2014, compared with less than a third (31%) in 2006. One out of every five individuals in the EU used the cloud to save files.


A European blueprint for the deployment of telemedicine

To assist "telemedicine doers" in successfully introducing healthcare services at a distance, the Momentum project, co-funded by the EU, released a European telemedicine deployment blueprint.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Online Information Review: Creation, Management and Use of Online Information for Emergency Management

Call for Papers for a Special Issue of Online Information Review: Creation, Management and Use of Online Information for Emergency Management

Guest edited by Dr. Samuel Chu, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong, and Professor Helen S Du, School of Management, Guangdong University of Technology.

This timely special issue looks at the increasing number of incidents and hazards leading to loss of life and property damage over the years, and the urgent need to improve our capacity to handle natural and manmade emergencies. Effective and efficient use of online information has been crucial in dealing with the mitigation, preparedness, response and recovery of various types of disasters and unexpected setbacks. In this special issue we showcase the latest research on the creation, management and use of online information for emergency management. The editors are seeking empirical, theoretical and high-quality innovative papers, both research-based and conceptual, in the relevant topics.

Topics of interest include (but are not limited to):

• Principles, strategies and practice of creating, managing and using online information for emergency management

• Novel techniques, methods and strategies for handling hazard-related online information

• Theory, application and techniques of using online information for emergency management

• Cultural, organisational and social issues in dealing with online information for emergency management

• Emergency information management

• Emergency knowledge management

• Game-based learning for emergency management

• E-learning for emergency management

• Social media for emergency management

• Big data for emergency management

The editors are seeking empirical, theoretical and high-quality innovative papers, both research-based and conceptual, in the relevant topics. Please feel free to contact either Guest Editor if you have questions or queries about the issue or submissions.

Proposed schedule

• Papers due: 1 September 2015

• First round decisions made: 15 October 2015

• Revised manuscript due: 30 November 2015

• Final decisions made: 15 January 2016

• Publication: OIR volume 40, no 3 (2016)

Submissions guidance

• Every submission must spell out the implications of findings in the paper for online information as distinct from implications for emergency management. (These implications should be mentioned in the introduction, discussion and conclusion sections of your paper.) Papers which focus on findings for specific sectors without adequate attention to the online environment will not be accepted. Only research-based submissions will be considered. Such submissions may be any type of research, including technical or conceptual.

• Please read the publication style guidelines before submitting your paper


OIR generally rejects the following type of submissions:

• Papers that require mathematics to develop, test or analyse concepts or findings (these require non-mathematical explanations for the readership of OIR)

• Questionnaire-based studies based on convenience samples that expand previous studies only moderately (these should focus on a new topic, and argue convincingly that convenience sampling is necessary, to be acceptable)

• TAM or other standard model-based submissions applied in a formulaic way to a limited population and which do not significantly advance our knowledge of the topic

About the Journal

Online Information Review is an international, double blind peer-reviewed, ISI-listed (2013 Impact Factor is 1.443) journal devoted to research in the broad field of online information in academic, government, corporate, scientific and commercial contexts. Within this broad framework the journal seeks to provide a forum for experts from a range of information-related disciplines, including information science, information technology, information management, knowledge management and related social sciences.

‘Online information’ encompasses any information that is stored and viewed in electronic form, from e-books to databases, document management systems and any other information-bearing artifacts in electronic format.

OIR focuses on issues relating to online systems, services and resources, and their use, with a particular focus on the processes and procedures involved in creating, managing, utilizing, disseminating and repackaging online information (including social, political and ethical aspects).

Cloud for Europe Launches Tender for Public Sector Cloud Innovation

The Cloud for Europe project has announced the publication of a tender for the joint pre-commercial procurement (Joint PCP) for research and development on cloud computing services for public administrations. The purpose is to research and demonstrate solutions to overcome obstacles for the adoption of cloud computing by the public sector.


Workshop: RRI-SSH in ICT-related parts of Horizon 2020 WP16-17

At this workshop the Responsible Research and Innovation - Social Sciences and Humanities (RRI-SSH) approach in the forthcoming H2020 Work Programme 2016-17 will be presented and discussed.


RRI-SSH Info Day for ICT-related topics of WP15 in Horizon 2020

This info day will present the needs for responsible research and innovation (RRI) and social sciences and humanities (SSH) in project proposals for ICT-related Horizon 2020 calls with a deadline in 2015.


Information technology for people with Down’s syndrome

An EU-funded ICT research project is producing visual and touch apps to help people with Down’s syndrome become more independent in their daily lives.


Improving dementia care with patient-focused apps

EU-funded researchers have developed new apps that enable healthcare workers to provide more personalised care to dementia sufferers.