Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS


The Networked Future: Living in a world of converging information and communication technologies

Funded under: FP6-IST


Software, systems and services are at the heart of the knowledge economy and society.
They form the basis of a global industry, worth some _74 billion per year in the EU alone and are a major source of innovation and growth. In addition to the software vendor industry itself, they underpin the development of systems, products and services in many other industrial sectors. A competitive European software and service industry will be key to achieving the EU’s Lisbon goals of greater competitiveness, sustainability and inclusion.
The ability to compete in software technologies will be even more important in future, as we head towards systems that are not only more intelligent, intuitive and user-friendly, but also ever-more closely embedded in our working and living environment (“ambient intelligence”). Such scenarios will depend on our ability to effectively develop and deploy highly complex software systems based on innovative and flexible architectures.
This growing reliance on software has created new challenges in software development. Not only is more software needed than ever before, but the requirements are very exacting: interoperability, reliability, security, accessibility and customisation are all key considerations. Hence, the demands placed on the software engineering community - to quickly develop new products with flexibility, robustness and quality - have also increased.
Open source software has sparked innovative new business models for both software and services, with new players competing by adding value or providing new services. European software developers can exploit these capabilities to gain competitive advantage.
This brochure describes IST research on Software Technologies, showing the integrated nature of European research in this domain. It presents profiles of specific research areas holding a promising future, together with selected project descriptions to exemplify and illustrate key on-going research and technology development.

Additional information

Authors: No author stated, European Commission, DG Information Society, Brussels (BE)
Bibliographic Reference: Luxembourg, Office for Official Publications of the European Communities, 2005. various paging, free of charge
Availability: (Catalogue Number: KK-67-05-315-EN-C)
ISBN: ISBN: 92-894-9377-1
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