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The MIREIA (Measuring the Impact of eInclusion Actors) study aims to better understand the role of e-Inclusion intermediary actors and to create adequate instruments to facilitate the demonstration of their outcomes and their contribution to the achievement of European e- Inclusion policy goals.

Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) play an essential role in supporting daily life in today’s digital society. The EU policy on e-Inclusion aims at reducing gaps in ICT usage and promoting the use of ICT to overcome exclusion, and improve economic performance, employment opportunities, quality of life, social participation and cohesion.

The MIREIA research aims to address two key gaps identified at policy and research level:
a) the need to characterize the diverse set of actors involved in implementing eInclusion policies;
b) the lack of common methodologies and practice in measuring the impact of ICT for socio-economic inclusion.

The MIREIA research will carry out the following activities:

  1. State of play Analysis – Review of Literature and practice on measuring ICT for socio-economic inclusion.
  2. Selected Locality Mapping – to provide a detailed picture of eInclusion local landscapes in selected localities
  3. Conceptualization and design of the Impact Assessment Framework for eInclusion intermediaries
  4. Survey design and testing of the Impact Assessment Framework for eInclusion intermediaries
  5. Development of an implementation methodology for applying the Impact Assessment Framework for eInclusion intermediaries
  6. Stakeholders‘ Engagement, communication and dissemination

Start date: 1st January 2012
Preparatory studies: January – May 2012
1st Experts Workshop: 3-4 May 2012 (JRC-IPTS, Seville)
Stakeholders’ Consultation Workshops – 6th September 2012
2nd Experts’ Workshops: June 2013
Final Stakeholders’ Consultation Event: October 2013
End date: 31st December 2013

MIREIA website

HCI International 2013 ( organises a parallel session entitled ‘eInclusion – Policies, Programs, Best Practices … and Lessons Failure Has Taught’. HCII 2013 will be held in Las Vegas, Nevada, USA, on 21-26 July 2013.

HCI International 2013 incorporates 12 Conferences / thematic areas, expecting to attract over 2,000 participants from all over the world. The program will feature pre-conference tutorials, an opening session with a keynote address, more than 250 parallel sessions, poster presentations, and an exhibition where attendees will be able to examine state-of-the-art HCI technology and interact with representatives of manufacturers, vendors, publishers, and potential employers. HCI International 2013 promises to be an unforgettable cluster of high quality international scientific events, and an ideal occasion to come to contact with the rapidly evolving ICT market worldwide.

The session ‘eInclusion – Policies, Programs, Best Practices … and Lessons Failure Has Taught’ will be one of the parallel sessions of the ‘Universal Access in Human-Computer Interaction’ Conference / Thematic Area. Accepted papers will appear in the Conference Proceedings along with the other regular submissions that will be accepted for oral presentation, following a peer-review process.
The HCI International 2013 Conference Proceedings will be published by Springer in a multi-volume set. Papers will appear in volumes of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) and Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence (LNAI) series. Extended Poster abstracts will be published in the Communications in Computer and Information Science (CCIS) series.
All volumes will be available on-line through the SpringerLink Digital Library, readily accessible by all subscribing libraries around the world, and will be indexed by a number of services including EI and ISI CPCI-S.

The workshop “Cognitive Support Technology For Older People” is organised jointly by the EU funded projects VitalMind and HERMES.
The older population is growing rapidly throughout the world. Whilst many older people have no substantial health problems, the majority tend to have mild but progressive deterioration in their cognitive abilities. However, a growing body of scientific research indicates that cognitive training and stimulating activities can maintain cognitive function in older people for a longer period of time, helping them remain cognitively healthy.
In this one-day workshop, we will explore the state of the art in cognitive support technology for older people. We will discuss how technology can help the elderly to preserve their quality of life, describing work which several research groups have done and are doing in the area of cognitive training and assisting technologies and outlining some of the challenges that lie ahead. The goal is to share best practice and to generate new conceptual frameworks for how to advance, promote and spread assisting technology research for older people.

The topics that will be covered are:

  • Universal access and assistive technology
  • Inclusive design for older people
  • Benefits of cognitive training systems in older adults
  • Drivers and barriers to the adoption of ICT by older people
  • Exploitation of cognitive support technology for older people

The workshop exhibition will showcase a range of innovative research and applications using interactive technologies.

15th December 2010
From 10 am to 5 pm

Richard Hoggart Building
Lecture Theatre 309
Goldsmiths – University of London
Lewisham Way – SE14 6AF – London, UK

Registration details
The fee is £25 and includes all workshop materials and refreshments.
To register, please contact Andrea Miotto or Arjan Geven.

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The Agora Center, University of Jyväskylä, and the CONFIDENCE consortium are pleased to announce the CONFIDENCE 2010 International Conference – Open Doors to ICT for Ageing and eInclusion.
The conference aims at disseminating current research and development activities carried out within the CONFIDENCE project as well as other research within the European Union Framework Programmes, but is not limited to these. The conference also encourages the exchange of ideas and initiatives among participants in the fields of ICT and ageing, eInclusion, and AAL.
Attendees will be able to experience first-hand the ability of the CONFIDENCE prototype to discriminate alarming situations, such as falls, from normal behaviours which allow the system to be silent while the user is confident that help will be summoned when it is urgently needed.
Participation in the conference sessions is free for guests. However, registration for the event is needed in order to facilitate the organisation of the conference.

The Ambient Assisted Living Forum (AAL Forum) 2010 will be held at the Odense Congress Centre in Denmark on September 15-17th 2010. The AAL Forum 2010 is the result of collaboration between the City of Odense, the Region of Southern Denmark, the Danish Ministry of Science, Technology and Innovation and the AAL Joint Programme.
This year the AAL Forum focuses on presenting innovative solutions to tackle the challenges inherent to our ageing societies. It aims to provide a platform for all stakeholders – investors, researchers, policy makers, industry providers and end-users – to discuss smart solutions for a improved quality of life in later years.
More information at the event website.

On 13 and 14 September 2010, INCLUSO will organise in Leuven (Arenberg Castle, Heverlee-Belgium) an international conference on eInclusion of Youth at Risk gathering international specialists in the field of social software use and improvement of social inclusion for disadvantaged youngsters. We expect also delegates from decision making groups such as governments and the European Commission.
The main trust is a collection of practical results in this field and the prioritisation of future actions.
INCLUSO is a collaborative project between seven European partners, funded by the European Union in its 7th Framework programme of research.
More information at the INCLUSO project website.