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Programmme Activities

The Information Society Programme covering R&D in the information communication technology sector is one of seven specific programmes within the FP5. It is organised around four Key Actions (KAs) and five horizontal themes addressing technological issues and objectives of strategic importance to Europe.

Four Key Actions

Systems and Services for the Citizen (KA1)
To meet the needs and expectations of European citizens for high quality and affordable services of general interest. RTD will be carried out in the fields of health, persons with special needs (including the elderly and disabled), administrations, environment and transport.
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New Methods of Work and Electronic Commerce (KA2)
To enable both individuals and organisations to innovate and be more effective and efficient in their work and businesses, thus increasing their competitiveness while improving the quality of the individual's working life and consumer confidence. RTD will support the identification of new organisational paradigms made possible through the convergence of information and communications technology, provide technologies to enhance trust and confidence, and develop tools required by individuals and groups to operate in new organisational environments.
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Multimedia Content and Tools (KA3)
To confirm Europe as a leading force in this field and enable it to realise the potential of its creativity and culture. It will address issues such as interactive electronic publishing, digital heritage and cultural content, education and training, human language technologies and information access, filtering and handling.
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Essential Technologies and Infrastructures (KA4)
To further the development of these technologies and infrastructures common to more than one application, enhance their applicability and accelerate their take-up in Europe. RTD will cover areas such as the convergence of information technology and communications; mobile and personal communications; microelectronics; technologies and engineering for software, systems and services; simulation and visualisation technologies; novel multisensory interfaces; and the development of peripherals, subsystems and microsystems.
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Other IST Activities

Future and Emerging Technologies
In order to ensure that the programme remains open to new research ideas for tomorrow, the four key actions are balanced with a future and emerging technologies (FET) action, with a visionary and exploratory perspective. This involves research of a longer-term or particularly high risk nature, but which promise major advance and potential for significant industrial and societal impact. FET can be seen as a "nursery" for novel and emergent ideas which may later become mainstream topics. As such, FET is not constrained by the priorities of the key actions but rather aims to open new possibilities and to set new trends for future research.
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Cross-Programme Themes
"Cross-Programme Themes" aim to support the integration of work at the programme level for topics which cut across the programme architecture. Two types of theme are included in the Work Programme. The first are the set of "cross-programme actions" (CPAs) which are specified in the workprogramme and for which RTD proposals are invited. The second are "cross-programme clusters" - an open mechanism - which invites proposals that help focus, co-ordinate and/or integrate activities amongst related, ongoing RTD projects throughout the programme.
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Research Networking
To support activities involving the broadband interconnection of existing national research and education networks, and also the integration of leading-edge European experimental testbeds.
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International Co-operation
The strategic objectives are to encourage the widest possible international co-operation so as to: achieve upstream global consensus for interoperability and standardisation; promote exchange of scientific information and best technological know-how world-wide; strengthen scientific and technological co-operation with the "accession" countries on their way to full participation in the European Union programmes; and to strengthen business co-operation, in particular in the future free-trade zones, while protecting European IPR.
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Improving Human Capital
Improving Human Capital in IST-Research (IHC) has the objective to promote IST by bridging the skills gap of graduate personnel working in technological and non-technological disciplines related to the Information Society. It aims at competence building in Research, Industry and other concerned organisations through : support of training infrastructures and training competence; support for learning on the job of experienced and young professionals in teams or networks; exchange of knowledge by way of mobility of academics and graduates.
Strategy In 2000:
priority will particularly be given to IST impacts on employment and on economic sustainability of Information Society development. A supplementary objective is to increase the efficiency of EU research as a catalyst for a better transport of research knowledge and results from research infrastructures to the concerned industry. European policy development support in the IST Programme will be coordinated with the activities of the Commission's Forward Studies Unit, the relevant JRC's institutes and the Information Society Forum.
See IST Work Programme for further information

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