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DELTA advance notice of call

In the context of the specific programme of research and technological development in the field of "telematic systems in areas of general interest" (1990-1994) the Commission of the European Communities intends to publish a call for proposals under Area 4, Flexible and Distance Learning (DELTA 2).

Planned for publication in the Official Journal of the European Communities during mid-April 1993, the call aims at validating the prototypes and other research results that have emerged from the recent activities of the DELTA programme. These will be tested through pilot projects in a real training environment in order to assess the user's reaction to the technology-based system and provide feedback to the developers. Consortia will be invited to address the following topics:

- 4.1: The integration and validation of RTD results emerging from the current DELTA projects. Proposed work should cover the domains of design and production of training material, production of services supporting delivery of training, access to databases of training resources. It may encompass results coming from related projects in the Member States.

- 4.2 The harmonization of training delivery networks. The proposed work should address the various interoperability and network management issues needed to allow for efficient implementation of European-wide telematic infrastructures for flexible and distance learning. This will also encompass the integration testing and validation of prototypes, based on current harmonization work in DELTA on a common flexible and distance training architecture. The research activity should build on the experience gained by current pilot experiments or related projects in the Member States, not necessarily part of DELTA.

- 4.3: The extension or strengthening of ongoing DELTA projects. Work proposed should prove that additional resources will lead to a significantly higher validation level.

It is essential that research projects demonstrate through practical solutions the socioeconomic effectiveness of their approaches: user acceptance, cost effectiveness, pedagogical effectiveness and compliance with ongoing standardization or harmonization activities in Europe.

The total Community contribution is expected to be in the region ECU 4 million for topics 4.1 and 4.2, and ECU 2 million for topic 4.3.

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