Open consultation on ICT Research Agenda for Latin-American - EU Cooperation
In the period 2007-2008 The WINDS-LA project carried out an open consultation involving ICT researchers and research decision makers from Europe and Latin America, aiming at identifying medium and long term strategies to improve EU-LA coperation in ICT research.
This work comprised:
the identification of ten key themes of common benefit and interest for future EU-LA cooperation
the organisation of two policy discussion seminars, one in Sao Paulo in July 08 and one in Brussels in October 2008
the production, validation and dissemination of a Roadmap for EU-LA Cooperation in ICT research
Research areas of common benefit and interest
As a result of its research, analysis and consultation work (see the Report section of this website), WINDS-LA identified 10 issues of common benefit and interest for future EU-Latin America cooperation in ICT research:
ICT for social inclusion, accessibility, connectivity: focusing on ICT innovative solutions at facilitating social inclusion of marginalised citizens (disabled, socially excluded, geographically isolated); connectivity related research both on high speed connectivity and low-connectivity solutions
ICT for environment and biodiversity: focusing on flexible and user-centric ICT solutions for sustainable use of natural resources and for better management of ecosystems including the mitigation of degraded environment (including biodiversity), high risk exposure to diverse pollutants and to disasters, as well as on the vision of ICT contributing to a cleaner, safer and healthier global environment.
ICT and energy: focusing on ICT and increasing demand for energy, ICT contribution to optimise the use of renewable energy sources, throughout the whole life-cycle of products and processes, design smarter and cleaner products and processes, optimising energy consumption and reducing waste
eHealth: focusing on ICT for personalised care solutions, patient safety, medical/health imaging and mobility support, as well as on ICT-supported health systems management improvement.
Digital libraries and learning networks: focusing on one side - and less originally - on using ICTs to make digital resources available to researchers citizens (with specific attention to local cultural specifications and to linguistic diversity) and on building ICT-supported learning networks at different levels (school, universities, informal and non conventional learning) able to embed lifelong learning strategy into every aspect.
Security and prevention systems, self defending networks: focusing on ICT use to strengthen security and dependability of key infrastructures such as energy production sites and transmission systems, storage and distribution, ICT networks, sensitive manufacturing plants, banking and finance, healthcare, or transportation systems.
Grid computing, massive data processing, e-science: focusing on distributed and peer-to-peer systems, complex computer clustering, parallel computing.
Software engineering: focusing on web services Infrastructures, particularly on on-demand software, open source applications, which are allowing reacting with software solutions to challenges of a changing environment.
Mobile/ubiquitous computing: focusing on interoperability and flexibility of mobile and broadband technologies, ubiquitous access to broadband mobile services, context awareness; traffic processing between core and edge networks;
eGovernment & services to citizen: focusing on ICT applications able to enhance the interaction and transparency between citizens and government and to help coordinating administrative services at different levels.
First Policy Seminar: “Europe-Latin America cooperation in ICTs’ research: towards a joint action plan ”, Sao-Paulo, Brazil
The WINDS -LA project (www.winds-la.eu) has organised, with the support of the European Commission, the seminar titled “Strengthening EU-Latin America links in ICT research: towards a joint Roadmap". The event took place in Sao Paulo, Brasil, the 3rd of July 2008 at the l'Escola Politécnica, Sao Paolo University. More information
Second WINDS Seminar: Europe – Latin America cooperation in ICTs research: towards a joint roadmap, Brussels, 24th of October 2008
This is the second seminar among a series of “strategic debates” organised by the WINDS-LA project and aims at encouraging the cooperation among the European Union and Latin America, in the field of ICTs research. These meetings aim at fostering the dialogue among research actors and networks in this field, as well as at proposing concrete suggestions in order to improve the framework of above-mentioned cooperation.
Roadmap for EU-LA Cooperation in ICT research
The discussions and consultations (including an extensive Delphi survey targeted to key policy makers in the two regions) have led to the publication of the
WINDS EU-LA ICT Research Roadmap.
WINDS EU-LA would like the document to be an input to future discussions and to the broader EU-LA policy dialogue, and is therefore open to comments and suggestions. For this, please contact Fabio Nascimbeni.
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