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e-Inclusion Newsletter - 16/02/2011

16 February 2011

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EU research and innovation funding: Commission consults on radical changes to create more growth and jobs

(9 February 2011) The European Commission today launches a consultation on major improvements to EU research and innovation funding to make participation easier, increase scientific and economic impact and improve value for money. The proposed "Common Strategic Framework", set out in a Green Paper, would cover the current Framework Programme for Research (FP7), the Competitiveness and Innovation Framework Programme (CIP) and the European Institute of Innovation and Technology (EIT). This will create a coherent set of instruments, along the whole "innovation chain" starting from basic research, culminating in bringing innovative products and services to market, and also supporting non-technological innovation, for example in design and marketing. The Commission's Green Paper also provides the basis for far-reaching simplification of procedures and rules. The changes aim to maximise the contribution of EU research and innovation funding to the Innovation Union and the Europe 2020 Strategy. Stakeholders have until 20 May 2011 to respond.

See also: The consultation on the Green Paper by the Commission

AALOA community now offers ZigBee technology

(16 February 2011) Zigbee4OSGi, an Open Source Software project related to ZigBeeTM technology, has been submitted to AALOA (www.aaloa.org). It is a project derived from the FP6 European Project PERSONA and developed by CNR-ISTI and TSB. The Zigbee4OSGi project aims at facilitating the adoption of ZigBeeTM networks in smart environments by providing a gateway solution based on the OSGiTM platform. The different markets addressed by the ZigBee Alliance – Consumer Electronics, Health Care, Home Automation, Energy Management – make ZigBeeTM networks suitable for developing new context-aware solutions that are able to interact with the multitude of sensors deployed in the environment. The objective is to provide a set of software components that ease the integration of a full featured sensing environment.

See also: Please subscribe to the developers mailing list

Call for Papers: "Policy Lessons from a decade of eGovernment, eHealth & eInclusion"

(16 February 2011) Europe has had many information society strategies, eEurope (1999), i2010 (2005) and Digital Agenda for Europe (2010). eGovernment, eHealth, and eInclusion are the three policy sub-domains comprising the societal public services pillar which is the backbone of all of these strategic frameworks. Given the emphasis that the new overarching EU2020 Strategy places on tackling grand societal challenges and turning them into economic opportunities, the relevance of these three domains is today even higher than in the past. Inclusive Innovation is often called the I2 paradigm. It is, thus, of the uttermost importance today to take stock of what has been achieved, not simply for reasons of accountability of public spending, but also in order to derive lessons and insights that can improve the efforts towards 2020. Regardless of the chosen approach, papers should not be merely descriptive of data (in whatever form, statistics, survey results, in depth case studies) but ideally would propose a new interpretative and theoretical framework supported by illustrative and explanatory empirical evidence. The deadline for article submission is: April 25, 2010.

Contact: editorial(at)epractice.eu

The 5th AAL-Companion-Social Robots Workshop: AAL User-Centred Companion Robotics Experimentoria, Supporting Socio-ethically Intelligent Assistive Technologies Adoption

8 March 2011 Brussels

Participation in the AAL-CRI Workshop Series is open and free to all members of the stakeholder community. Those wishing to contribute to the workshop as either members of the audience, presenters, discussants or exhibitors can contact the Workshop Programme Chair to indicate their intention to participate and/or send a position papers including an outline of the issues that they wish to discuss. Deadline for submission of papers by email is 21 February.

Contact: Workshop Programme Chair

Final conference of Bridge-It project - ICT for digital inclusion and cultural diversity

10 March 2011 - 11 March 2011 Barcelona

The conference will serve as a platform for participants to present their project's ideas and identify potential European partners. The conference will produce a set of recommendations at EU level and a list of projects and project's ideas for co-deployment or replication at European level. Deadline for registration: March 1st

DRT4ALL 2011 - International Congress on Design, Research Networks, and Technology for all

27 June 2011 - 29 June 2011 Madrid

This event is a scientific conference that will showcase how the latest advances in ICT can provide an independent life and improve social integration for the elderly and people with disabilities. The conference topics are : Technologies and Information & Communication Access Services, Human–computer interaction, Assistive Technologies, Telecare, Digital Homes and Ambient Assisting living, Applied robotics for personal autonomy and Transport for all. The call for papers closes on 4 April 2011.

New in the Library

AEGIS Project Video

16 February 2011

The EU-funded integrated project AEGIS aims at helping designers and developers to embed accessibility support into every aspect of ICT. Around the development of an open accessibility framework, this large research consortium is testing this architecture in producing software bricks for making accessible the Unix desktop platforms, the web applications and mobile devices. One example of such components is a module for OpenOffice that enables users to output documents as Braille encoded files or to print them directly to a Braille embosser. View the video (11:02) that explains how the Aegis project responds to the needs of persons with a disability in using new technology.

New strategy to empower people with disabilities. How can Europe make goods and services more accessible to people with disabilities?

How can people with disabilities exercise their full rights as citizens when so many remain excluded from society? These are two of the questions addressed by the EU's new European Disability Strategy. EU legislation is already in place to ensure that people with disabilities are not discriminated against at work. Proposals are also in the pipeline to extend protection against discrimination beyond the workplace. Despite the fact that their rights are enshrined in both EU and national legislation, many people with disabilities still face difficulties in their everyday lives. In a bid to change this situation, the Commission has adopted a new European Disability Strategy covering the years 2010 to 2020. The Commission wants the strategy to act as a catalyst that can empower people with disabilities so that they can enjoy their full rights as citizens. It therefore sets out a range of actions across eight key areas, which are: accessibility; participation; equality; employment; education and training; social protection; health; and external action.

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