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Success of first CORDIS Correspondents Day

Under the auspices of the Commission's Dissemination of Scientific and Technical Knowledge Unit (DG XIII/C-3), 38 representatives of the EC Member States and of the EFTA countries met in Luxembourg on 20 February 1992 with Commission Officials and members of the CORDIS staff t...

20 February 1992 - 20 February 1992
Luxembourg

Under the auspices of the Commission's Dissemination of Scientific and Technical Knowledge Unit (DG XIII/C-3), 38 representatives of the EC Member States and of the EFTA countries met in Luxembourg on 20 February 1992 with Commission Officials and members of the CORDIS staff to be informed about the present status of CORDIS and to discuss ways to strengthen the utilization and promotion of the service at national and regional level by selected international Correspondents. Mr. Mario Bellardinelli, head of DG XIII/C-3, pointed out that CORDIS is to continue under the third Framework programme (1990-1994) as part of a permanent, centralized action for the dissemination and exploitation of Community R&D results. Within this context the new CORDIS Workplan will include:
- Enhanced dissemination by means of new products and services such as mini-CORDIS on diskette, CORDIS on CD-ROM, publications, gateways, relay centres and videotex;
- New promotion efforts based on user surveys and marketing strategy, including awareness and training activities and creation of a CORDIS User Bulletin;
- Improved information content, including more complete coverage of Community R&D activities, interfaces with other R&D information sources, and services better adapted to the requirements for the exploitation of results;
- Implementation of the "New CORDIS" service with the development and implementation of a centralized database production system, new user interfaces and a dissemination environment based on Open Systems Architecture.

In line with the above goals, the role of the CORDIS Correspondents will be twofold:
- To assist the Commission by collecting feedback from CORDIS users and by acting as a "test bed" for new CORDIS products and services;
- To promote the awareness and use of CORDIS services via local partners in European R&D, training centres, the organization of promotional events, information multipliers.

The meeting included the presentation of a CORDIS user training package plus demonstrations of the CORDIS databases, of a "mini-CORDIS" prototype, and of an experimental electronic guide to "European Science and Technology" based on hypertext software.(a) Commission of the European Communities
Dissemination of Scientific and Technical Knowledge Unit, DG XIII/C-3
Attn. Mr. V. Laopodis
CEC JMO B4/070
L-2920 Luxembourg
Tel. +352-43014943; Fax +352-43012084

(b) European Commission Host Organization (ECHO)
CORDIS Customer Service
B.P. 2373
L-1023 Luxembourg
Tel. +352-4410122240; Fax +352-4410122248

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