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How R&D can impact policy-making, thirteen IST project examples, research & development

Funded under: FP6-IST


This report surveys the work of thirteen research projects that contribute directly to policy development. They were launched in the area of New Methods of Work and Electronic Commerce (Key Action II) of the Information Society Technologies (IST) programme between 1999 and 2002.
Although the main focus of IST within the 5th Framework Programme for Research has been on research and development of information and communication technologies (ICT), there were also projects that aimed specifically at strengthening the link between research and policy. These projects target key EU policies such as the �Lisbon Strategy�, sustainable development, employment, regional development, enlargement and governance. They address issues such as: how e-work impacts family life, how job mobility develops on a global scale, what the environmental and social sustainability contribution of the e-economy could be, how ICTs impact economic growth, what are potential legal implications of ecommerce, how SMEs can benefit from participating in the e-economy, how to make information infrastructures secure and reliable and what the role of ICTs might be for the development of regions.
The research output produced by these projects contributes to policymaking in three respects: (a) by developing the socio-economic knowledge base for effectively implementing and monitoring existing policies, (b) by giving guidance to R&D strategy in the IST domain and (c) by providing input to the development of new EU policies.

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Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Information Society, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2003, 41 pp, free of charge
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ISBN: ISBN 92-894-5394-X
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