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13-15 October 2008

NEM Summit 2008 "Towards Future Media Internet" , Saint-Malo, France.
The first Networked and Electronic Media (NEM) Summit is organised by the NEM European Technology Platform under the aegis of the European Commission and with the support of the Région Bretagne during the current French Presidency. This summit aims to emphasise the importance for Europe of Networked Electronic Media as an undisputed driver towards a "Future Media Internet" , reaping the full benefit of convergence and digitalisation. During the event many EU-funded collaborative projects will showcase their results in areas such as new user-centric media applications and devices, new media delivery platforms, 3D visualisation and electronic cinema. 

26 September 2008
Social Networking Sites: Commissioner Reding stresses their economic and societal importance for Europe.
Viviane Reding
, Commissioner for Information Society and Media, has given a speech on Social Networking. It was the first public statement of the Commissioner on this subject . The speech was given at the Safer Internet Forum that tooks place in Luxembourg and focused on Safer Internet and children this year. Commissioner Reding underlined the importance of self-regulation and also met representatives of the social networking companies Myspace and Dailymotion . ( Click here for the full Press Release )

25 September 2008
Broadband Internet for all Europeans: Commission launches debate on future of universal service.

" High-speed Internet is the passport to the Information Society and an essential condition for economic growth. This is why it is this Commission's policy to make broadband Internet for all Europeans happens by 2010 ", said EU Commissioner Viviane Reding .
( Click here for the full Press Release )

11 September 2008

First ARTEMIS call attracts 27 proposals for a total of €323 million.
27 Proposals were received for the first call for proposals, corresponding to a total amount of €323 million in research planned by many different consortia. Around 397 participants out of 22 different European countries are involved in the proposals. All the major European players in Embedded Systems Research are included in this call; around 28% are SMEs . ( Click here to visit the website )

 Launch of Europarltv, the webTV of the European Parliament.
The European Parliament launched on the Internet its own WebTV channel: Europarltv . Now, anyone in the world with Internet access is able to watch a regularly changing set of programmes based around the life of the Parliament. ( Click here to visit the website )


5 September 2008
 Commission welcomes Colombia's decision to join European digital TV standard (DVB-T).
The European Commission welcomed the Colombian national regulator's ( CNTV ) selection of the European Digital Video Broadcasting standard ( DVB-T ) for the country's digital terrestrial TV. The terrestrial DVB standard, DVB-T, has already been adopted in Europe and by over 120 countries in Asia, Africa, Oceania and Latin America. ( Click here for the full press release )

4 September 2008
A European research and innovation strategy for ICT: time horizon 2020.
In search of the best strategies to boost Europe's leadership in ICT (Information and Communications Technology) research and innovation in the next decade, the European Commission today launched a public consultation . The aim is to put European ICT industry, especially SMEs, to the fore of the race for global competitiveness. The public consultation is open until 7 November 2008 . ( Click here fot the full Press Release )

 Cut red tape to attract venture capital to cutting edge high-tech research, Commission tells the Parliament and the Council.
The European Commission called on the Parliament and Council to support a new drive to cut red tape and allow greater flexibility to make European high-tech research more effective. It was responding to the " Aho report " , the most comprehensive evaluation of EU ICT research yet, looking beyond the management of research to evaluate its impact on innovation. ( Click here for the full Press Release )

28 August 2008
The Future of the Internet

The European Commission launched a new website stressing the challenges ahead, and the key role that the European Union could play in designing the Future of the Internet. ( Click here for the full article )

20 August 2008
Better access to scientific articles on EU-funded research: European Commission launches online pilot project.

The European Commission launched a pilot project that will give unrestricted online access to EU-funded research results and primarily research articles published in peer reviewed journals. The pilot will cover around 20% of the FP7 programme budget in areas such as health, energy, environment, social sciences and information and communication technologies. ( Click here for the full Press Release )

11 August 2008
Opening soon: a digital library for Europe.
Europe's cultural diversity in books, music, paintings, photographs, and films open to all citizens at the click of a mouse via one portal â?? this dream of a European Digital Library could become reality this autumn . The European Commission therefore called on Member States to do more to make digitised works available online for Europeans to browse them digitally, for study, work or leisure. The Commission itself will provide some € 120 million in 2009-2010 for improving online access to Europe's cultural heritage. ( Click here for the full Press Release )

 Would you like to provide support to ICT FP7 programme activities?
Register as an Experts for Research Activities! If you are already registered, make sure that your contact data is up to date. ( Click here to sign up!)

 P2P-Next announced world first at IBC 2008!
Unit D2's research project P2P-Next released its first version of NextShare, an open source Peer-to-Peer video delivery platform . P2P-Next has successfully released and tested the first Beta version of its P2P live streaming technology. This new technology allows anyone to broadcast a live stream, such as a webcam feed or TV channel, to millions of Internet users. P2P-Next is now looking for thousands to sign up to give the technology a good workout. ( Click here to sign up!)


 3D4you going for a secondâ?¦
Unit D2's research project 3D4you after the successful first test footage in Munich, Germany, on last May 2008, will perform a second more sophisticated test shoot towards the end of 2008 , testing several 3D capture techniques.


 Successful final workshop for UNIC in London.
Unit D2's research project UNIC organized a final workshop to exhibit and discuss the results obtained during its two-year activity in the field of advanced bi-directional satellite-based platform to provide Tv-centric triple-play services to remote end-users The workshop spanned for two days, 18-19 September 2008, and was held in the premises of the University College of London.


Call for papers by the IEEE Wireless Communications magazine. Special Issue on: ' Seamless Content Delivery in the Future Mobile Internet '. The purpose of this special issue is to present to the magazineâ??s audience a concise, tutorial oriented reference of the state-of-the art, current and future research in seamless content delivery technologies, challenges and trends in the Future Mobile Internet. The deadline for the submission of full papers is 1 December 2008.

  Future Networks and Services
The new brochure by DG INFSO with all you need to know about state-of-the-art in research and policy developments on future networks and services. The publication presents various ongoing European activities and future trends in the field of network and service technologies. ( Click here to get your free copy! )

 Report of the Consultation workshop on Web accessibility of 10 June 2008
Report on the consultation workshop between the European Commission and stakeholders in relation to both web-accessibility and e-accessibility in general. ( Click here fo the full report )

Practical guide to EU Funding Opportunities for Research and Innovation
All you need to know different funding sources, including a description of each fund. The checklist and scorecard allow potential beneficiaries to quickly identify exactly how to access European funding at every stage of the development and implementation of a project. ( Click here to consult the guide ).

  Communication on future networks and the internet .
The European Commission issued a Communication on "Future Networks and the Internet" proposing a coherent policy to prepare Europe's information society for the next decade of internet. It follows on from the i2010 mid-term review which highlighted future networks and internet as a policy priority. ( Click here for the full Communication )

20-22 October 2008
, Lund, Sweden
The main Nordic forum for human-computer interaction research . CITIZEN MEDIA will organise 3 workshops:
- 'New approaches to requirements elicitation'
- 'How can HCI improve social media development?'
- 'Co-Design in HCI'

7 November 2008
Game Summit, Brussels, Belgium
The first high level event that emphasizes the growing importance of the gaming industry to Europe.

25-27 November 2008
ICT 2008 Event , Lyon, France

Organized by Directorate General Information Society and Media of the European Commission, with the support of the current EU French pesidency , the event will host over 4000 high-level decision makers, leading visionary and representatives from industry and academia.

22 January 2009
ICT Proposers day , Budapest, Hungary
Organised by the European Commission's Information Society and Media Directorate-General, in cooperation with the Hungarian National Office for Research and Technology at Hungexpo . Potential proposers are invited to come and present their ideas and to network to find additional expertise or partners .


Cooperative events, South America
Forthcoming workshops
organized by the Support Action SALA+ , fostering R&D cooperation between the EU and Latin America.

10-12 June 2009
ICT-MobileSummitt , Santander, Spain
The event will bring together experts from industry and research to share experiences and research results, identify future trends, discuss business opportunities and identify opportunities for international research collaboration under the ICT theme of FP7. The deadline for the submission of papers is 16 January 2009.

May 2009
Future Internet Assembly , Prague, Czech Republic.
With the support of the Czech Presidency a year after the successful event in Bled , April 2008. The aim is to mark this milestone with a publication of the best Future Internet research ideas or achievements to date produced by the researchers in the projects that subscribe to the FIA. The deadline for the submission of papers is October 2008.

06 - 08 May 2009
IST-Africa 2009, Republic of Uganda.
Hosted by the Government of the through the Ministry of ICT, Supported by the European Commission and Technical Co-Sponsored by IEEE, the annual conference provides a platform to strengthen Information Society policy dialogues between Africa and Europe. The deadline for the submission of papers is 09 November 2008.


oin the newly launched Community on ICT for Governance and Policy Modelling.

"Are you interested in governance and participation tools, policy modelling, opinion visualisation, mass collaborative platforms, large-scale societal simulation?" Provide your comments, views and contributions by visiting the website. ( Click here to join the Community )

Broadband Portal to support authorities in under-served areas.
The European Broadband Portal (EBP) is a web service that aims to contribute to the development of broadband infrastructures and services in the European Union. ( Click here to join the Community )



  Broadband: Commission consults on regulatory strategy to promote high-speed Next Generation Access networks in Europe.

The European Commission has launched a public consultation on the regulatory principles to be applied by EU Member States to Next Generation Access broadband networks (NGA). The public consultation will be open until 14th November 2008 .



The Networked Media Team

Luis Rodriguez-Rosello
Head of Unit

Bartolome Arroyo Fernandez
Deputy Head of Unit

Scientific Officers
Loretta Anania
Alexandros Bakalakos
Isidro Laso Ballesteros
Georgia Efthymiopoulou
Martin Hahn
Francisco Medeiros 
Kostas Papanikolaou

Newsletter Editor
Fabrizio Porrino

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Alexis Vandersteen

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