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December 2011


Call 8, Objective 1.2 - Call open!

Call 8 is open now - the deadline is 17 January 2012. All the relevant documentation can be found on the FP7 Participant Portal.

We know that many excellent proposals will come in, so the competition to get funding will be very hard. The budget for this call is also smaller than in previous calls.
If you have a good idea and would like to have an independent opinion, you can use the pre-proposal check: just send a 1-page abstract to infso-st@ec.europa.eu and we will give our (strictly informal and non-binding) honest opinion. This service is provided up to 4 weeks before the call deadline, so you should hurry up.
What is expected from a successful proposal? How can I know if my project is good enough? A very good idea is to download from the Participant Portal the "Guide for Applicants" and read well the Annex 2: Evaluation criteria and procedures to be applied to proposals in this call. It contains the instructions manual that evaluators will use to decide how many points should be assigned to your proposals. There are three main criteria, and each one is equally important. These are:

1) “Scientific and/or technological excellence (relevant to the topics addressed by the call)”;
2) “Quality and efficiency of the implementation and the management”;
3) “Potential impact through the development, dissemination and use of project results”.
A good idea would be to give your almost ready proposal to somebody around you not involved in the proposal and this person could score it according to these criteria.

So, good luck with your proposal submission to Call 8, but remember that we do everything to keep luck out of the selection process: only the best proposals will be successful, those which really have the possibility of "Improving the competitiveness of European industry and enabling Europe to master and shape future developments in ICT so that the demands of its society and economy are met" (from the Workprogramme 2011-2012).

 

fi-ware2.jpg FI-WARE is the cornerstone of the Future Internet PPP programme, a joint action by the European industry and the European Commission. FI-WARE will deliver a novel service infrastructure, building upon elements - called generic enablers - which offer reusable and commonly shared functions making it easier to develop future Internet applications in multiple sectors. This infrastructure will bring significant and quantifiable improvements in the performance, reliability and production costs linked to Internet applications – building a true foundation for the future Internet.

The project will develop open specifications of these generic enablers, together with a reference implementation of them available for testing. This way, it is aimed to develop working specifications that influence future Internet standards.

The FI-WARE project reserved a dedicated grant for additional and specific activities/tasks associated with implementations of existing and additional Generic Enablers. These implementations are to be contributed by new beneficiaries that will join the FI-WARE consortium via two open calls for proposals :

 

- The first call will open in January 2012 with a deadline during 3rd week of March 2012 and a budget of Euro 8 million.

- The second call will open in January 2013 and have a budget of Euro 4.3 million.

 

For more information, download the presentation given during the Future Internet Week in Poznan.

Stay tuned and follow FI-WARE and the open call !


Future Internet Assembly: From Poznan to Aalborg

fia-logo.jpg Read this blog to get an impression of FIA Poznan. You want to know in particular how the software and service area is represented on the FIA? Follow the blogs of the SOFI project . The next FIA will take place on 10 and 11 May 2012 in Aalborg Denmark. The topics to be discussed there will be known around the middle of December, and will be published here . SOFI leads the collection and presentation of the inputs of the Services projects to the Future Internet activities. Find out more on the SOFI website .

Spring of 2012 will see the 9th FIA conference in Aalborg, Denmark. As with prior Spring FIAs, the community is editing a book, which aggregates both representative results achieved in the Future Internet domain and the possibilities of what can be expected in a medium or short term.

FIA Book 2012 Topics:

  • Future Internet foundations cover core cross-domain technical and horizontal topics. Chapters within this section will include architectural questions; mobile Internet, cloud computing, socio-economic questions; trust and identity; search and discovery; and experiments and experimental design.

  • Future Internet technical areas are those technical domains, which are associated to the Future Internet, mainly but not limited to networks, services, Internet of Things, content, and cross-area questions.

  • Future Internet application areas comprise out of user areas and communities, where the Future Internet can boost their innovation capabilities. These chapters within this section cover smart cities, smart energy, smart health, smart enterprises, smart environment, smart transportation, logistics and mobility, smart manufacturing, smart agriculture, and tourism.

  • Future Internet infrastructures cover experimentation and results in real infrastructures within the FI domain.

Important Dates
30/1/2012 – Full section submissions
20/2/2012 – Notification on acceptance
12/3/2012 – Camera-ready copies due
7/4/2012 – Book publishing (tentative)


Previous FIA books

fiabook2011.jpg The Future Internet: Achievements and Technological Promises (2011)
Springer; Lecture Notes in Computer Science, Vol. 6656, 465 pp, ISBN 978-3-642-20897-3; May 2011
fiabook2010.gif Towards the Future Internet: Emerging Trends from European Research (2010)
IOS Press; ISBN 978-1-60750-538-9 print and ISBN 978-60750-539-6 online pp300, April 2010, www.iospress.nl
fiabook2009.gif Towards the Future Internet: A European Research Perspective (2009)
IOS Press; ISBN 978-1-60750-007-0, pp350, April 2009, www.iospress.nl

Watch the videoclips produced by HOLA! promoting the results of the PLAY, SRT-15 and STREAM projects

 

logo-hola.jpg A Video Contest, run by the HOLA! Project within the Internet of Services area (IoS), has delivered prizes in a form of personalized video clips to three winning R&D projects . These videos are an example of the type of services HOLA! can provide to projects in order to help them increase their potential for exploitation and continuity, as well as their networking efforts and sustainability of knowledge generated.


Have a look at their videos!
PLAY , a platform allowing for more effective day-to-day collaboration between people and for unlimited number of opportunities of doing business.

STREAM , a cloud computing platform for on-line services, able to process massive amounts of data in real time.

SRT-15 filling the gap between cloud infrastructures and enterprise services with their distributed service platform.


Internet of Services: Collaboration meeting results

Attended by over 160 participants, the Internet of Services 2011 Collaboration meeting for FP7 projects was held in Brussels last 28th and 29th September and resulted in an excellent opportunity for the IoS community to present their projects, results, discover new project and business opportunities and make new contacts.

The main objectives addressed by this event were:

Online agenda, presentations and event report can be found on our website .
After logging in to the HOLA portal you will be able to access the main event outcomes:


EU values differences.
That's why we need standards, particularly for the Future Internet...

Europe is the land of differences: in culture, in language, in food, even in weather (which is luckily in other parts of the continent somewhat better than in Brussels). But in ICT, when you come to putting at work together different pieces of software, standards are better.

Standards are the only way to create a level playing field, with known rules for everybody and a competitive market stimulating innovation and keeping prices low. Internet could not work without standards, and the Future Internet will never grow up if it is not built on robust technical standards. The European Commission promotes the creation of standards in the context of the research framework programme, and is preparing a reform of standardization rules which will modernize the sector in 2012, making it more responding to the specific needs of ICT standards. Moreover, several actions of the Digital Agenda for Europe are dedicated to standardization.

Research projects are encouraged to participate in standardization activities, but this is often very difficult. There are several reasons: creating a standard is a long and hard job, very different from research and development work. Moreover it requires a lot of time and resources, and often is not compatible with the lifecycle of a research project, which will have significant results ready to become a standard only when it is close to its natural end.

For all these reasons, it may be useful to be aware of the activities of the SOFI project and the Future Internet standardization working group. You can find all the information on the website .

The objective of these initiatives is to “support other projects, to engage in standardisation, to get more out of their standardisation activities and to ensure sustainability of their efforts after project end“. So, if you have something to do in the area of ICT standards, check out what has already been done, and get in touch with SOFI and the other ongoing activities: it is very likely that you will find good expertise, advice and support to make your standardization activity a success.

There is also a Collaboration Working Group dedicated to standardisation - Coordination of contribution to Standards, which is now led by the two Support Actions MobiWebApp and Mosquito. As coordinating the standardisation roadmap of several disparate projects is extremely complex and not necessarily useful, the group has decided that it is more appropriate to use the information assessed and the synergies created by the Working Group to assist individuals, institutions, groups or FP7 projects in finding others interested in a certain standard and add standardisation related bits to the more technical discussion on how to advance. This collaboration effort may also include the establishment of contacts to specific standardisation bodies through liaisons. More information on the group objectives and activites can be found in the HOLA portal .


In this issue

 

News from the SW&Services projects!
Call for papers!

 

Feedback

All comments are welcome. Please send them to our mailbox: infso-st@ec.europa.eu

Editors
Anne-Marie Sassen
Sandro D'Elia
Graziana Lonero

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