March 2009 Blogposts (34)

European eGovernment Awards 2009



The European Commission invites you to submit your Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) cases to the European eGovernment Awards scheme.



Cases and experiences from all types of public sector organisations are welcome. Whether local, regional, national or cross-border, your case and experience will show how ICT can improve service delivery to citizens and businesses across Europe.



The finalists and winners of the… Continue

Added by Laurentiu Bunescu on March 30, 2009 at 11:51 — No Comments

eSkills Manifesto for Europe

All

please see the eSkills Manifesto for Europe that has been created collaboratively by Telecentre-Europe and a group of NGOs across Europe, and an open letter to the Financial Times in the UK sent on 30 March 2009.



Wiki Manifesto e-skills in Europe - 300309 .doc…



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Added by Ian Clifford on March 30, 2009 at 10:00 — No Comments

Staff exchange scheme

Dear all,



Building on past efforts of Telecentre-Europe, we are proud to officially launch a call for proposals on staff exchanges for the member organizations of our network!

This initiative responds to a real need of the European telecentres movement identified by members – knowledge sharing, and earmarks a total budget of 10.000,00 Euro. A maximum grant of 850 Euro / exchange will be provided within the current framework.



Working and consultation space has been… Continue

Added by Laurentiu Bunescu on March 25, 2009 at 10:00 — No Comments

telecentre.org Arabic site is now live!

It was one of Telecentre.org commitments to Arabic language communities and in the Middle Eastern-North African (MENA) region that a portal will be developed to facilitate knowledge sharing in the region. Telecentre.org in collaboration with the community facilitators at Egypt ICT Trust Fund is jointly managing this portal. The site is already full of content and activities. Please feel free to join the portal.

Added by Unite-IT Manager on March 24, 2009 at 10:51 — No Comments

The Independent-Bosch Technology Horizons Award

Karim Kasim provided the following information:



The Independent-Bosch Technology Horizons Award

For those who work with people aged between 14 and 24 this award could be really interesting.



How can technology and engineering provide innovative solutions to today's global challenges?


http://www.independent.co.uk/student/competitions/article941025.html





If you… Continue

Added by Laia Fauró Gual on March 23, 2009 at 15:40 — No Comments

European Accessibility Forum

Is anyone going to be at the forum in Paris at the end of the month - Im going to be speaking on Mobile Phones - Form and Function - Issues in choosing a handset for disabled users - It would be great to meet up with anyone from the community and chat through areas of interest



Im also in Brussels next week for the eInclusion meeting on assistive technology - if anyone is there again it would be great to put names to faces to people.



Finally has anyone from the community… Continue

Added by David Banes on March 20, 2009 at 23:25 — No Comments

Telecentre.org interesting contributions

There are valued contributions in Telecentre.org I wanted to highlight here:



- A discussion named Professionalizing Telecenter Operators ! How can it be done ?

I would recommend to read some of the contributions where documents and handbooks are available.



- Silvia Caicedo… Continue

Added by Laia Fauró Gual on March 20, 2009 at 15:07 — No Comments

REVISED- European Commission: Embracing the future of social innovation 2010-2015

FINAL REVISED DOCUMENT



Consultation of Stakeholders and Member States



The ICT for Inclusion Unit of the European Commission is willing to discuss with stakeholders and Member States on future European initiatives for Digital Inclusion.



The questions in this paper aim to stimulate on ways to look at e-Inclusion as a driver for social and economic change in a context of economic downturn, capitalising on current activities and available… Continue

Added by Ian Clifford on March 20, 2009 at 11:00 — 3 Comments

Stronger telecentre voice for the Asia-Pacific region

The Asia-Pacific Telecentre Network (APTN), a collaborative initiative of telecentre.org and the United Nations' Economic and Social Commission for the Asia-Pacific (UN-ESCAP), was officially launched at the United Nations Conference Center in Bangkok on 19 November 2008, during a side event of the First Session of the Committee on ICT of ESCAP.



The network will promote innovation and knowledge-sharing amongst Telecentre organizations in the Asia-Pacific region where Telecentres are… Continue

Added by Laurentiu Bunescu on March 18, 2009 at 12:45 — No Comments

eInclusion Conference Final report published

The European Commission have published the final report of the eInclusion Conference in Vienna in December. It is available here, and on the eInclusion site, and the Telecentre-Europe launch event is prominently mentioned in the Executive Summary of the report, and also a detailed summary of Katia's workshop is also featured. Well done again to all involved.

Ian…



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Added by Ian Clifford on March 17, 2009 at 14:45 — No Comments

Day 5 - the Philippines study visit

Day 5 started with a morning meeting. Yvonne Garcia-Flores from Intel was very kind to accept Tess’s invitation to meet me and talk about how Intel is involved in PhilCecNet.



Intel chairs the committee on infrastructure, as part of the PhilCecNet’s executive council. What they do is to facilitate infrastructure solutions for eCentres, by connecting with various Telecommunications providers, identified as potential stakeholders of eCentres.

PhilCecNet also benefits of financial… Continue

Added by Laurentiu Bunescu on March 17, 2009 at 12:00 — No Comments

ICTD Evaluation 20/20: Voices from Around the World

In April 2009, a panel will be held at Doha 2009 entitled “ICTD Evaluation 20/20: Voices from Around the World.” This goal of this website is to create a global dialogue around pivotal evaluation issues prior to and following Doha.



The discussion on this site is spurred by a moderated, spirited debate among experts representing practice, technology, academia, and funders, and with community participation via this website prior… Continue

Added by Unite-IT Manager on March 17, 2009 at 11:43 — No Comments

New Abilitynet POdcast

Available for free from



http://www.abilitynet.org.uk/podcast/index.php?episode_ID=123



Contents for March:

Part 2 of interview on mobile phone accessibility research

Windows 7 features

Tips on how to customise your technology for your own use

News roundup from across the internet

Events for your diary

A full transcript of the podcast is at… Continue

Added by David Banes on March 16, 2009 at 21:48 — No Comments

New uploaded documents for Telecentre-europe members and friends

There are some new interesting contributions in the site that we want to highlight:



- A multi-language available Telecentre-europe Executive Summary (English, French, Polish, Romanian, Swedish, Turkish, Serbian, Dutch, Spanish)



- A Grundtvig Application Overview, to… Continue

Added by Unite-IT Manager on March 16, 2009 at 14:11 — No Comments

Day 4 - the Philippines study visit

If during the third day we’ve traveled to the northern part of Manila, next day was planned for the southern area, specifically Bulacan area where we have visited an eSkwela center. We were accompanied there by the eSkwela program Director, Ms Maria Melizza D. Tan, who presented the mainframe and concept of eSkwela, which was created by the Commission on Information and Communications Technology (CICT).



The center is located within a market, very accessible for all. The heat from… Continue

Added by Laurentiu Bunescu on March 16, 2009 at 12:00 — No Comments

Day 3 - the Philippines study visit

The third day started early in the morning with a trip to the northern area of Metro Manila, where we had our first meeting at PCCARD (The Philippine Council for Agriculture, Forestry and Natural Resources Research and Development) in Los Banos, Laguna. The location goes very well with the institution specific – beautiful nature surroundings.



We were welcomed by the Executive Director, Mr Patricio S. Faylon and by a part of his staff that gave us a presentation of PCCARD and its main… Continue

Added by Laurentiu Bunescu on March 15, 2009 at 12:00 — No Comments

COLLABORATIVELY CREATING A MANIFESTO ON E-SKILLS IN EUROPE

Now more than ever, the work you do on e-inclusion is gaining urgency.

We need to ensure that as governments & others focus on moving forward that e-skills support & training is on the agenda, and to do that we want to create a Manifesto.



Your consolidated input in the document (here) will be compiled in an overall Manifesto on… Continue

Added by Unite-IT Manager on March 12, 2009 at 13:30 — No Comments

Facebook more popular than E-Mail

Nielsen Online, an Internet marketing research company publish at 9th March 2009 a report which shows that "social networking" sites are the four the most popular Internet activity, more popular than a personal e-mail.



From their research for markets in Australia, Brazil, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Swiss, UK and USA you can read that personal e-mail use 65,1% of people that surf the Web, and 66,8% use… Continue

Added by Pawel Makowiecki on March 11, 2009 at 6:30 — 1 Comment

Day 2 - the Philippines study visit

The day started with a presentation of eLGU (Jumpstarting Electronic Governance in Local Government), an initiative of CICT that assists local governments in the smooth transition to eGovernance. As a result of the project, all LGUs (Local Government Units), and we are talking here about more than 1500 communities, have online presence and they are going through a process of development of their websites, adding more interactivity and online tax payment services.



After the… Continue

Added by Laurentiu Bunescu on March 10, 2009 at 18:46 — No Comments

Day 1 - the Philippines study visit

Warm greetings from Manila to all!



As the first day of my study visit has come to an end, I am now looking back at the inspirational discussions and meetings throughout the day.



In the morning, Tess Camba (Head of the CeC programme) and Cheryl Ortega (Group Head for Minandao operations) have picked me up from the hotel and we went to the CICT headquarters, where we’ve been welcomed by Lilian Botor (PhilCecNet).



First of all, we looked over the study visit… Continue

Added by Laurentiu Bunescu on March 9, 2009 at 19:30 — 1 Comment

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