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Category: FP6

By employing semantic technologies the Access-eGov project supports semantic interoperability among e-government services across organisational, regional and linguistic borders. For service providers (on all levels of public administration – local, regional, national, and European) Access-eGov enables introduction of a (new) e-service to the world of e-government interoperability in an easy way. The government service registered in the Access-eGov may be localised, contracted and used automatically through agents and other IT components.

For citizens and business users the Access-eGov will provide two basic categories of services. Firstly, it provides a meta-service – depending on the needs and context of the user Access-eGov will find/ identify traditional and/or e-government services relevant to the given life event or business episode. Secondly, once the relevant services are found, Access-eGov generates a scenario consisting of elementary government services. Usually these scenarios will be of “hybrid” nature – i.e. combination of elementary traditional and e-services – realisation of which leads to a requested outcome (e.g. to get a new driving license, if you lost both your ID and the old driving license etc.). At the realisation of the scenario a virtual personal assistant guides the user through each step of the scenario.

Access-eGov is built on peer-to-peer and service-oriented architecture, addressing the semantic issues through ontology-guided mark-up of local e-government service interfaces. Component-based security infrastructure provides a complete portfolio of necessary security services (authentication, authorisation, attribute management, access control, data protection, auditing) that are accessible through web service interfaces.

All the Access-eGov components are delivered as open source solutions through the GPL license.

More information can be found on the project website.

The Lifelong Learning paradigm recognises that, in a knowledge based economy, education and work are integrated throughout people’s lives.

All citizens need ongoing access to learning to enable them to work. Technology is playing an increasing role in mediating this learning. However, if this technology is inappropriate and introduced with insufficient support, disabled people will face even further exclusion from the interlinked worlds of education and work.

To address this, EU4ALL (a four year project which started in october 2006) sets forward the concept of Accessible Lifelong Learning (ALL) uniting 3 key strategies:

1. That the technology that mediates lifelong learning does so accommodating the diversity of ways people interact with technology and the content and services it delivers
2. That this technology is used to bring support services to disabled learners
3. Providing support services and technical infrastructure that enable teaching, technical and administrative staff of educational institutions to offer their teaching and services in a way that is accessible to disabled learners

The aim of EU4ALL is to improve the efficiency and efficacy of implementing these strategies by developing an open service architecture for ALL. To achieve a wide impact the approach taken is not to develop a single EU4ALL system but a standards based framework that facilitates the integration of the approach with a wide range of eLearning systems.

More specifically the goals of EU4ALL are to:
* Design an open service-oriented architecture for ALL
* Develop the software infrastructure for ALL services (including content, support and access services)
* Provide technical standards/specifications for ALL applications integrated with current and emerging eLearning standards
* Validate the results in large-scale higher education settings

Two broad user groups benefit from the EU4ALL project:
1. End-users: Adult learners with disabilities, teachers, and tutors
2. System-users: Providers of eLearning systems, content and services

More information can be found on the project website.

The EMERGE project aims to support the activities of daily living of elderly people with an innovative monitoring system. With the use of ambient and unobtrusive sensors EMERGE plans to monitor activity, location and vital data of elderly people and detect deviations from typical behavior. The project engineers a prototype that treats emergencies with stepwise assistance. More specifically, the three steps involved are:
* To provide proactive assistance to the elderly people themselves and then integrate friends, family or caregivers, if necessary
* To contact the Emergency Medical Service (EMS), in case the emergency situation can not be resolved, and provide information about the medical situation of the affected person
* To resolve the situation through the involvement of EMS who provide medical care, telemedicine counseling or send a rescue team.

More information can be found on the project website.

The project will develop a personal, user-centered enabling system, with services, for use by an elderly person in or out of the home, to mitigate the effects of any disability and to increase quality of life: independence, autonomy, mobility, communications, care and safety. The system will be based on a distributed open platform, enabling other services to be added by third parties, by “plugging” into defined interfaces. The platform includes a mobile phone, enabling the user to get out and about, for visiting, shopping, recreation, etc, whilst maintaining contact for help and services.

The overall strategic objective of the project is to:
* improve the quality of life for an elderly person wanting to lead, or to continue to lead, an independent life;
* assist in carrying out daily activities;
* monitor health and activity, especially reduce the risk of having a fall or other trauma;
* improve access in emergency, for safely and security, especially in the case of a fall;
* facilitate social contacts;
* increase the length of time that the elderly person can stay at home before moving to an institution;
* improve the quality of life and costs for their carers, especially for friends or relatives that might not be living, or want to live, in the same house, but are anxious about leaving the elderly person by themselves;
* improve the standard of care provided by local social services, and the cost of providing that care;
* reduce the amount of time that the elderly person spends in hospital before they can be safely sent home;
* improve the quality of life for the elderly person recovering from treatment, or with a terminal illness, who wants to stay at home.

More information on the project website.

The ASK-IT integrated project aims at establish Ambient Intelligence (AmI) in semantic web enabled services, to support and promote the mobility of Mobility Impaired people, enabling the provision of personalised, self-configurable, intuitive and context-related applications and services and facilitating knowledge and content organisation and processing.

More information can be found on the project website.

eABILITIES aims at developing a framework for current and future actions in research, education and technology transfer in the field of ICT accessibility in the home, vehicle and working environments in Europe. With this purpose, eABILITIES will enable, organise and promote the share of related knowledge, communication, facilities equipment and personnel resources.

In general, the objectives are to make an extensive and detailed map of current and possible future technological developments in ICT accessibility, to organise contacts and exchanges and to identify needs, breakthroughs and bottlenecks. This requires a focused effort into tracing research and development, transfer of technology, education and training based on cooperation between industry, academic and government institutions and research centres. The information will be spread to the appropriate target groups using the eABILITIES space for resource and knowledge sharing.

eABILITIES will become the platform where excellent, multidisciplinary organisations involved in eAccessibility in Europe, will collaborate to:
* Benchmark commercial products and research activities
* Propose Recommendations and Best Practices in User Experience for eAccessibility products
* Share research resources (personnel, equipment, facilities and expertise)
* Establish fora and workshops
* Disseminate the project results

eAbilities coordination action aims at developing a framework for sharing current and future actions in research, education and technology transfer in the field of ICT accessibility in the home, vehicle and working environments in Europe. With this purpose, eAbilities will enable, organise and promote the share of related knowledge, communication, facilities equipment and personnel resources.

The whole range of the key stakeholders in this field will be involved, namely Users; Social Research Centres; National Centres for Personal Autonomy and Assistive Technologies; Research Centres; Industrial Research Centres and SMEs.

More information you can find on the project website.