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Schema Selection

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Response to Call

A total of 10 schema proposals were submitted in response to the call. A total of 64 partners contributed to the proposals, coming from research centres, public institutions, industry and academia. Together they covered a broad range of expertise such as IT supply, computer science, cognitive sciences, design and telecommunications.

All of the proposals had some strong points, even if these were not immediately relevant to the i³ schema concept. The focus of some proposals was too narrow; suitably modified versions could be submitted as project proposals in future calls. Although some proposals fell short of the expectations of a schema in terms of overall coherence and vision, it is expected that many elements inherent in the proposals will turn out as components of project proposals contributing to the implementation of selected schemata.

Evaluation Method

The evaluation was carried out by a jury of experts with representatives from industry, the research community and users. Proposals were sent to the jury prior to meeting. At the meeting there was an in-depth discussion of each proposal as well as identification of comparative strengths and weaknesses. Following this there was a selection of core schemata as well as recommendations for improvements to cover weaknesses. A rapporteur wrote the basis of a collective report, which was sent to the members of the jury for thier feedback.


Out of the 10 evaluated proposals, 2 proposals were recommended for consideration. The requested funding of these proposals is 50 kECU each with a duration of 3 to 4 months, so as to elaborate the schemata further into a detailed workplan to accompany the call for project proposals.

The two selected proposals demonstrated a very clear understanding of the long term research goals of i³, the need to research new human-centred interaction paradigms, and the nature of a schema. According to the evaluation jury, there is a real chance of Europe making important advances in this very important field by focusing around the schemata selected.

Notable features of the proposals include: a genuine notion of a bi-directional approach to interfaces, in contrast to the asymmetric "active service provider feeding information to the passive user" view; a strong influence of design cultures together with a non-linear plan for coupling technical innovation with citizen participation; as well as care to channel technological innovation within a human-centred vision, thereby setting the basis for discovering new interaction paradigms.

The evaluation also resulted in a substantial number of recommendations that the proposers of the two selected schemata will have to take account of during the elaboration phase, so as to ensure schemata of high quality for the call for projects.

Schemata Selected

The Connected Community (22603) is a visionary proposal which adopts a promising starting point for developing a schema. Coordinated by Philips International (NL) and with partners Domus Academy (I) and Meru Research (NL), it replaces the conventional human-system interaction view with a new one in which new interfaces act as a mediating influence in human-human interaction. The aim is to focus the interface research specifically around people who make up a local geographic community. The focus lies on a new kind of interaction which is complementary to the individual-global interaction that will be supported by the internet-like and associated services.

The proposal provides a coordinating principle for deriving new interaction paradigms. It describes a framework for a number of projects which explore the relation between specific communities and specific methods for developing new interface concepts, tools and technologies. This framework addresses contextual domains (such as personal, domestic, public and private), and activity domains (such as everyday activities, self and cultural expression and learning). Innovative concept generation will be tried outside the labs in real communities where possible, and appropriate research on social communication will ensure the right conditions for experimentation with the resulting methods, tools and technologies.

INSCAPE (22642) is built around the idea of designing and developing large scale information systems in which the individual is seen as an active participant rather than a passive consumer. It is coordinated by the Swedish Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and involves GMD (D), ZKM (D) and SICS (S) with the British universities of Lancaster , Manchester and Nottingham . The design of virtual spaces for action and interaction with information and other people is seen as the key challenge; specific research challenges include: techniques for building and inhabiting spaces, scaleability of large spaces, linking different spaces, relating real and virtual spaces, and designing spaces so that they are easy and enjoyable to participate in.

The masterplan identifies five social spaces for exploring the research issues: entertainment, education, government, home and service industry. It concentrates on the tools, methods and technologies needed to realise these spaces. Moreover, in order to ensure the generic nature of the tools, methods and technologies, it is intended to test and develop them in these different contexts.

Network of Excellence

Independently of the submitted schemata proposals, a Network of Excellence proposal was also received. This network aims to act as a support for infrastructure for i³, specifically for selected schemata and the ensuing projects. The Network of Excellence proposal was evaluated by the same experts that evaluated the schemata. The evaluators considered that the network seems a worthwhile and necessary support mechanism for the schemata and that it could serve to harness the European research community to better contribute to the i³ project proposals. It was recommended that no decision be taken on funding the network at this point but instead to re-evaluate the content of proposal after the schemata have started crystallising, and the more detailed needs of the initiative made clearer.

The Network is now being set up.

Contact Points

The Connected Community

Irene McWilliam
Philips Corporate Design
Cederlaan 4
NL - 5616 SC Eindhoven

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Yngve Sundblad
KTH (Royal Institute of Technology)
Valhallavagen 79
S - 10044 Stockholm

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