PUBLIC SECTOR INFORMATION PROJECTS
The following projects were selected following the eContent programme's first call for proposals, launched 15 March 2001.
Description: European Land Information service
There is an increasing interest, at least from consumers, in the real estate financial market and the possibility to carry out international transactions on a more frequent basis. This necessitates the possibility to have simple access to up-to-date and reliable information on land real estate across national borders. The project addresses how an electronic European Land Information Service can be designed, what obstacles might occur and how these can be overcome. In addition, the functionality of the proposed outcome would be demonstrated through use of a prototype. In this way it will be possible to illustrate what a future user-interface might look like.
Description: European Music Web and Broad CAST
The project will develop an infrastructure for collecting data from public and private data collections held by: artists organisations, producers, broadcasting stations, new media companies and collecting societies. Dissemination will be via the Internet through web-casting and broadcasting to European citizens and to the global information society. Representatives from more than 1000 European independent record companies, 50,000 European creative and performing artists, editorial departments of European Internet services and broadcasting stations will participate in the implementation and demonstration of multilingual services, connected to an online licensing and monitoring system based on MPEG-7 and MPEG-21. The project will reduce time-consuming operations for audio visual workers in European broadcasting stations and new media companies; increase the competitive advantages for European music and media industries; support cultural diversity as the power of the independent creative industries, and stimulate the development of a range of new digital services, and products, re-using the digital content from European data collections.
Description: Electronic Maritime Cultural Content
The eMarCon project focuses on providing a more complete user experience by implementing a platform which allows geographically distant European museums and their visitors to arrange, and then experience, common maritime exhibitions via the Internet. The user will be able to visit the presentation and interact with it. The incorporation of interactive historical games will educate and stimulate the user. The presentations will take into account the visitor's profile (age, skills, language etc) when explaining the artefacts. The resulting Distributed Exhibition will supply forums to discuss the artefacts and arrangements the museums have configured. The system will: guide the visitor through the multilingual exhibition using different sessions; protect his privacy within the Internet; allow access via PDA; combine information about virtual and real artefacts when visiting a real museum, and allow the real museums participating in the exhibitions to receive payments for their service.
Description: European digital content sharing services for health protection of workers and workplace safety
The WORKSAFE project aims at improving access to and use of the large amount of data available in many European public sector organisations, including: research institutes, public health institutions and hospitals. This information relates to the broad issue of health protection for workers and workplace safety. The action planned by the project is crucial for public health policy within the EU. This action will utilise the most advanced multimedia technologies for information communication and diffusion. The overall project objective is the establishment of a pan-European distributed database and the design and development of a set of web-based access services to allow exploitation of available content in the domain addressed. To this end, the project aims to define a meta-data model based on knowledge sharing techniques, which will support web services for content distribution to a large group of users. The WORKSAFE consortium includes all major players required for the implementation of the complete multimedia contents chain. The content providers are highly qualified and are renowned internationally as a centre of excellence, and the technology providers are well-known advanced software system companies
Description: EuroRegionalMap - Incremental Development of a Pan-European Database at Medium Scale
The project sets out to create a multi-functional (medium-scale) 1:250000 reference database (covering France, Germany, Belgium, Luxembourg, Denmark, Ireland and Northern-Ireland) suitable for spatial analysis. And also be suitable for use as a geographic backdrop for presentation and visualisations. It will be the best compromise possible in terms of harmonisation that the consortium members can achieve, based on utilisation of their existing data collections at a reasonable cost for re-engineering. The database will be called EuroRegionalMap. The project also aims to make the experience from a pragmatic approach towards harmonisation of existing national databases. And to make them available to other Mapping Agencies in order to promote its extension to the rest of Europe. Finally, the project will provide the opportunity to investigate the potential of a low price/high volume marketing strategy. The effects of a marketing policy, based on attractive licensing and low prices, will be tested, in order to see if the maximisation of the number of customers is a profitable strategy, in the digital geographic information market.
Description: Environmentally viable electronic city
The objective is to develop an on-line broker for environmental information related services. The e-content domain extends over four application areas: air emission, air quality, topography and meteorology. The application framework to be developed includes data for all application areas, export and import filters, interfaces and various e-content based services. The user community of the platform envisaged consists of city authority consultants involved in environmental impact assessment studies and citizens desiring valid information on the state of the atmospheric environment. An electronic market place for the e-content itself and the services will be established using an on-line pricing scheme. The overall system will be properly demonstrated and validated against "real world" applications.
Description: Pan-European Network for the intelligent provision of content and interactive services to SMEs
The project aims at identifying European public sector SME related content holders, as well as the potential constraints and barriers that exist to the integration of currently fragmented SME related digital content collections, under a pan-European digital library. The project will also investigate how multilingual attributes can be incorporated in the defined meta-data set, allowing future integration with multilingual meta-classaurus management systems. Thus, the objective of the SME-Net service framework is to examine the viability and the subsequent parameters of a pan-European consolidated, integrated and focused information service directed towards small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs).
(Definition phase project)
See also action line 1 projects selected in the 2nd eContent Call for Proposals, 2nd fixed deadline and 3rd evaluation of the continuous submission scheme on