The digital Earth vision has become reality in terms of technology, allowing for a multiplicity of research and communication applications at lay level. Education at schools therefore should provide reasonable means to acquire competences students can use to participate in society.
Brussels, 16 June 2011 - European Commission Vice-President Neelie Kroes awarded prizes to the winners of the Open Data Challenge and Hack4Europe! competitions at the Digital Agenda Assembly being held in Brussels on 16th and 17th June 2011. Companies, designers, programmers, developers, journalists, researchers and the general public from across Europe participated in the two open data competitions, trying out their ideas for creative reuse of information held by the public sector and open cultural data. European public bodies produce thousands of datasets every year - from how our tax money is spent to the quality of the air we breathe. This data can be reused in products such as car navigation systems, weather forecasts, and travel information apps.
Open data re-use is a key element of the Digital Agenda for Europe (see IP/10/581, MEMO/10/199 and MEMO/10/200). To make public data widely accessible and available in Europe, the Commission intends to revise the Public Service Information (PSI) Directive in 2011 to fully unlock the economic potential of re-using PSI.
Ms Kroes said: "I am amazed by the creative ways I have seen today for public data collected by public administrations, the collections digitised by our cultural Institutions (libraries, archives, museums) to be put to good use. Public data at large is a valuable source for innovation, as today's winners clearly show."
The Open Data Challenge and Hack4Europe! competitions were organised in support of the Commission's policy to facilitate the wider deployment and more effective use of digital technologies. The re-use of public sector information (PSI) and open data will be a key driver to develop content markets in Europe, which not only generate new business opportunities and jobs but also provide consumers with more choice and more value for money. The market turnover of public data that is reused (for free or for a fee) is estimated at least €27 billion in the EU every year.
The Open Data Challenge
Organised by the Open Knowledge Foundation and the Open Forum Academy under the auspices of the Share-PSI initiative, the Open Data Challenge invited designers, developers, journalists, researchers and the general public to come up with useful, valuable or interesting uses for open public data. It attracted 430 entries from across the EU. Entries were invited in four categories for prize money totalling €20 000. The categories were fully blown apps, ideas, visualisations and liberated public sector datasets. The winners were selected by open data experts, including the inventor of the worldwide web Sir Tim Berners-Lee.
Winners of the Open Data Challenge
Applications: Eva Vozarova of the Fair-play Alliance, Slovakia has developed an app to add transparency to the public procurement process of government contracts
Ideas: Jonas Gebhardt of the University of Potsdam, Germany has developed a mobile application which can help citizens learn more about urban planning in their area
Visualisations: Oliver O'Brien of University College London, UK has developed an app to visualise the current state of bike-share systems in over 30 cities around the world
Public sector datasets: Codrina Maria Ilie of the National Institute for Research and Development in Environmental Protection, Romania has developed an app that collects thousands of old historical geo-referenced maps.
Hack4Europe! was organised by the Europeana Foundation and its partners Collections Trust, Museu Picasso, Poznan Supercomputing and Networking Centre and Swedish National Heritage Board as a series of hack days in London, Barcelona, Poznan and Stockholm running from 6 to12 June. It provided the opportunity to explore the potential of open cultural data for social and economic growth in Europe in an exciting environment. There were 60 participants from the creative industries. These included mainly SMEs like web design agencies, applications developers, software firms and other digital businesses. They were joined not only by developers from the cultural heritage sector, keen to create new ways to engage people with online cultural resources, but also by some larger players like the Google Technical Group and the Yahoo Research group in Spain.
Winners of Hack4Europe!
UK: Michael Selway of System Simulation Ltd. who developed an app to obtain
improved search results from Europeana using an Android touch screen.
Spain: Eduardo Graells of Universitat Pompeu Fabra/Yahoo! Research Barcelona who created a "Timebook" for historical figures. The app integrates content from Europeana and DBpedia and presents it in an easy to use format with, for instance, posts for famous quotes, friends status for influential persons and photos of paintings.
Poland: Jakub Jurkiewicz of iTraff Technology. Using Europeana dataset, this winner developed an app that processes a photo taken of any painting in a museum to give a description of the painting in a matter of seconds, translated into any EU language or even read out loud.
Sweden: Martin Duveborg of the Swedish National Heritage Board who developed a fully functional geo-location aware search of Europeana for Android. Users can take photos and associate them with existing Europeana objects. Through an inbuilt function to overlay new pictures with Europeana pictures, a seamless "Then-Now" effect is created. The new photos are uploaded with the current GPS position so the app can also function as a geo-tagger tool for Europeana.
What is the Commission doing to promote the use of Public Sector Information?
Promoting the re-use of Public Sector Information is a collective effort and the Commission itself is well aware it can do more to put its own data online. Recently, the European Commission published a Digital Scoreboard (see IP/11/663) to show the progress of the EU and Member States in delivering on the agreed targets of the Digital Agenda for Europe after the first year of its existence. In line with its commitment to an open data strategy the Commission has made its data sets and statistics in the Scoreboard publicly available online enabling anyone to carry out their own analysis and come to their own conclusions.
In a near future, the Commission will also put forward proposals for a pan-European portal to give a single access point to the data which is being put online by the Member States.
For more information:
Nominees for the European Award of the Best Open Data Challenge:
Nominees for the European Award of the Best Hack4Europe!:
Open Data Workshop at the Digital Agenda Assembly:
Commission's Public Sector Information Website:
Digital Agenda website:
Neelie Kroes' website: http://ec.europa.eu/commission_2010-2014/kroes/
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ePractice Digital Literacy Workshop on Digital Competences for Social Inclusion Actors and Intermediaries
This report reflects the presentations, discussions and conclusions on a "Digital Competences for Social Inclusion Actors and Intermediaries" workshop organised in the context of ePractice Digital Literacy community (Brussels, 12 October 2010). The purpose of this workshop was to identify good practices and success criteria regarding ICT-enabled training, resources, and tools for developing digital competences for intermediaries and social actors (professionals, volunteers, carers, actors in general from the Public and Third Sectors) to support them on their job on providing assistance to groups at risk of exclusion and on fostering their digital, social inclusion and economic participation. As a result, six policy options for the development of digital competences for intermediaries were identified and debated by participants.
This methodological report indicates a way forward in estimating the economic role of embedded digital technology (EDT) from the supply side. We propose a more holistic approach to the production and diffusion of ICT and we develop the foundation of a methodology that would ultimately take into account the overall use and impact of embedded digital technology in the productive process.
Technological, economic and statistical arguments support our approach. Current technological development no longer accommodates clear borderlines between ICT and non-ICT goods or between general purpose computers and embedded digital devices.
Digital storytelling combines the longstanding art of telling stories with any of a variety of available multimedia tools, including graphics, audio, video animation, and Web publishing. It has become both an educational and a cultural phenomenon which has certainly given a new dimension to the art of storytelling. Digital Storytelling is currently being used in more than 80 countries with many different applications, including education, marketing, and self-expression, among others.
In this conference we hope to gather here in Valencia those who want to share and explore these new pedagogical/socio-cultural dimensions of digital storytelling as well as learn how the use of technology has helped transform the whole experience of storytelling into something more personal and within everyone’s reach.
This workshop aims to create in-depth awareness and provide practical tools for the EU Member States to engage in structured, long term policies for digital literacy acquisition in the e-Inclusion context (Digital Agenda action 66). elearningeuropa.info will participate.
Through a participative workshop in the form of a hands-on training centre, digital literacy courses of various levels (from basic to professional ICT skills), for various target groups and purposes will be available (e.g. employability, re-skilling, social inclusion).
Models of successful and relevant policies and funding mechanisms of all levels will be discussed. A set of stakeholder recommendations as to the remaining challenges to be addressed as priority will be drawn.
This workshop is organized with the Big Idea of Multi-stakeholder platform for digital literacy and e-Inclusion.
Workshop "Digital literacy and e-Inclusion" Agenda
DAY 2, FRIDAY 17.6.2011, 09:30 – 12:30
9:30 - 9:40 Welcome and Introduction:
• Katarzyna Balucka-Debska (European Commission, DG Information Society and Media)
• Alexa Joyce (European Schoolnet, Big Idea leader)
Keynote speaker - Dr Tarek Shawki (UNESCO)
9:40 - 10:40 Addressing the Challenge
• Telecentres - going from zero to being empowered by ICT literacy / skills, Ian Clifford (Telecentre Europe)
Digital Literacy and skills delivery perspective
• ECDL Foundation, Damien O'Sullivan (CEO of ECDL Foundation)
• European e-Skills Association, Elena Bonfiglioli (Executive Committee Chair of EeSA)
Policy in practice perspective
• Graham Walker and Susan Easton (Raceonline2012, UK)
• Ulla Scherfig Gilberg (Danish ICT and Electronics Federation, Denmark)
10:40-11:00 Coffee Break – Try IT! Hands on trainings and demonstrations
11:00 - 11:50 Discussion - Views from the field
• Chair: Paul Timmers (European Commission, DG Information Society and Media Directorate H Director)
• Introduction by Gabriel Rissola (The Institute for Prospective Technological Studies, European Commission Joint Research Centre)
• Member State perspective - Sander Ruiter (Senior policy advisor for the Ministry of Economic Affairs, Agriculture and Innovation, Netherlands),
• EU Life Long Learning policy perspective - Lieve van den Brande (European Commission, DG Education and Culture),
• Stakeholder perspective - Damien O'Sullivan (ECDL Foundation),
• People perspective - Ian Clifford (Telecentre Europe);
11:50 - 12:20 Breakout groups
a) "What kind of support do intermediaries need?" – Alexandra Hache (Independent researcher)
b) "How can the big idea be sustained financially?" – Andrea Parola (European e-Skills Association)
c) "Which tools are available to achieve digital literacy and eInclusion?" – Fiona Fanning (ECDL Foundation)
d) " Digital literacy and SMEs" – Kieran O'Hea (Digitigm)
e) "Role of formal school system in supporting digital literacy" – Alexa Joyce (European Schoolnet)
f) " eInclusion and employability" – Telecentres / IPTS (tbc)
g) " Role of industry: training and eInclusion – Bridget Cosgrave (Digital Europe)
Alexa Joyce (European Schoolnet)
Session organiser: Katarzyna BALUCKA-DEBSKA (European Commission)
elearningeuropa.info will participate at the first Digital Agenda Assembly to be held in Brussels on 16th and 17th June 2011. The Digital Agenda for Europe is the road map for bringing the benefits of a digital society and economy to Europe's citizens.
The main objectives of the assembly are to assess progress, identify challenges and mobilise stakeholder's actions in the Digital Agenda 2010-2020.
elearningeuropa.info portal will participate in Workshop 08: Mainstreaming eLearning in education and training and Workshop 20: Digital literacy and e-Inclusion.
Please note that the Digital Agenda Assembly and its workshops are fully booked.
The elearningeuropa.info portal will open a Community on the topic of ICT and Education across Europe in order to take up the outcomes of Workshop 08, and to continue the discussions about this topic with portal members.
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