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STRATEGIC STUDIES

Mid term evaluation of the eContent programme
The Commission has adopted on 10 October a Communication with the results of the mid term evaluation of the eContent programme (2001 - 2004). The text of a Communication to the European Parliament, the Council, the European Economic and Social Committee and the Committee of the Regions is available below in all EU official languages.

Download the "Communication on the mid term evaluation of the eContent programme" in PDF format:
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The full evaluation report (329 kb) is available in English only.

Indicators for European Digital Content for the Global Networks 
The study on "indicators for European digital content for the global networks" was carried out as part of the eEurpe benchmarking activities, monitoring developments which are indicative of what is happening in the Information Society. The main focus was to measure the content usage in terms of origin and reach of the top 50 websites in the EU and the US. Download the Executive Summary and full report.

Digital Content for Global Mobile Services
The European Commission DG Information Society mandated a study to identify the major actions that can be taken by the industry, the Member States and the European Commission to foster the development of the mobile content market in Europe. The Executive Summary and full report can be downloaded.

Access to capital to the content industries in Europe
Aim of the study was to examine access of the content industries to capital sources for financing risk-bearing projects/ventures. The study gives an answer to questions like: Is there really a problem? Are the digital content industries different in respect to other sectors an what are the typical barriers? And what can be done to bring content industries and financial institutions together?

Download the "Access to capital to the content industries in Europe" Executive Summary in PDF format:
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Presentation of the study by Mr. D. Kwist - Director INBIS:                Image 489 kb

Access to capital for the content industry final report in PDF format:     Image 753 kb

Commercial exploitation of Europe's public sector information
Aim of the study was to give an economic analysis of the importance of public sector information in the digital economy and to assess barriers and opportunities for its exploitation. The study results show indeed the enormous potential of public sector information for the information industries and the benefits American firms draw from the clear and simple framework in the United States. Download the "Commercial exploitation of Europe's public sector information" Executive Summary in PDF format:
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Presentation of the study by Mr. R. Minio - PIRA International Publishing Group: 
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"Commercial exploitation of Europe's public sector information" final report in PDF format:     2 283 kb

Export potential and linguistic customisation of digital content products and services
Focus of this study were the new opportunities that open up for the digital content industries through the use of linguistic and cultural adaptation of their products. Apart from highlighting these opportunities and barriers, the study gives an overview of the degree of localisation of web-sites in Europe and makes suggestions for actions to be undertaken by industry, national governments and the European Union. Download the "Export potential and linguistic customisation of digital content products and services" Executive Summary in PDF format:
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Presentation of the study by Mr. D. Worlock - Chairman Electronic Publishing Services (EPS):                Image 73 kb

"Export potential and linguistic customisation of digital content products and services" final report in PDF format:     511 kb

Content Study Forum
The European Commission DG Information Society mandated a study on the feasibility of a Digital Content Observatory and Content Forum. The Executive Summary and full report are now available for download.

Impact Assessment of Community Activities under INFO2000
Aim of this study was to examine in detail the quantitative and qualitative impact of the activities carried out under the INFO2000 programme and to assess their performance in stimulating the development of the European digital content market. The assessment shows the success of the programme and gives suggestions for future Community activities in the field of digital content.  Download the "Impact Assessment of Community Activities under INFO2000" Executive Summary in PDF format:
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Impact assessment final report in PDF format:     Image 409 kb

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INFO2000 programme final evaluation
- The Executive summary in PDF format:
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- The Final report (Volume One and Volume Two) of the INFO2000 programme final evaluation includes "Evaluation Report", "Sectoral overview and annexes" and "Terms of reference"

- The Final report of the MLIS programme final evaluation includes "Terms of reference", "Evaluation Report" and "Annexes 1 to 8 to the final report"


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