Community Research and Development Information Service - CORDIS


Making sense of content - Quality content for all

Funded under: FP6-IST


In the not so distant past, "content" filled our books and TV screens and echoed from vinyl discs and radios. Today we can get much of the same from the Internet. The advances in technology which have brought about this change have had wide-ranging impact.
Technological advance has enabled perfect, inexpensive and unlimited replication of content. It allows the instant delivery of any form of content to individual users, and seamlessly across borders. It has led to a proliferation of new media and has fuelled the development of new content products such as electronic games, learning applications, search engines and filters for unwanted content.
With this continued innovation have come not just opportunities, but also technical, organizational and regulatory challenges. They touch our content industry and content-holding public sector, individual citizens and businesses alike.
The Directorate "Content" of the European Commission makes use of financial and legislative intervention to channel the impact of technological change to economic advantage and social good in Europe where this is not guaranteed by the market.
The technical, organisational and regulatory challenges currently being addressed are set out in the three sections of the present brochure:
i) exploring new ways of interacting with content
ii) innovation to ease access to and use of content
iii) a framework for cross-border use of content.
The brochure gives a brief overview of the activities of the Directorate and illustrates them with a few examples of funded projects.

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