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Knowledge networks and e-learning


Specific Objectives

To advise and support the new and emerging technology-based components of the Information Society policies and programme of the Commission by developing a leading edge services and expertise in the following major areas:
-Knowledge Management & Educational Multimedia;
-XML, the Semantic Web and opportunities for Multimedia Education;
-New Web Technologies, emerging standards, multilinguality, Internet communications;
-Further development of STRESA platform and a feasibility study for a consolidated access to EU research programme deliverables.

JRC will provide services, advice and "hands on" development experience to contribute to the objectives of EU policies in the fields of e-Learning and Training.
Planned Deliverables

Specific deliverables to DGs:
-Continued operation of existing services e.g. , see for full list;
-News and Media monitoring service (
-Contributions to PROMETEUS Support Services Steering Committee, interoperability standards (EOGEO);
-Technology Watch Reports

As a result of the research:
-Software & Documentation:
a) The Generic Information Server Toolkit (GIST) made available as open source for the Community;
b) The STRESA software platform and documentation;
-The GIST theme downloads offering off the shelf web solutions.;
-Knowledge and data sharing networks both on Intranets and Extranets.


A strong interest in our media and news monitoring service on the Internet is now shown by DG PRESS. This service is derived from earlier research work in XML.

Summary of 2001 Deliverables: 31/12/2001

During 2001 IPSC acted on behalf of DG INFSO as part of the PROMTEUES Support Services Steering Committee and direct IT support by hosting 12 mailing lists;

II. Technology Reviews
-Report 'Live Streaming Video on the Internet for Distance Teaching and Demonstration' (by C Guittet (Eurostat) and P A Loekkemyhr (JRC)) in DI Bulletin Informatique, July 2001
-An on-line technology watch website based on XML allowing regular remote updates;

III. Generic Information Server Toolkit - GIST
The JRC developed GIST software for the rapid development of Web based information systems has been made available through the web site Off the shelf general web sites can be installed without extra programming effort. These are called "themes". The knowledge management theme has been used to build several electronic networks including the e-confidence forum and the knowledge sharing systems within DG INFSO and an inter-DG collaboration.

Output Indicators and Impact
- High Public Access statistics to operational services e.g. Improving Human Potential web sites - 1/4 million accesses per month;
- Service performance of operational sites for Commission services;
GEM, IMPROVING, PROMETEUS, LOCIN greater than 99% uptime availability;
- Successful Spin offs e.g. the development of the new JRC Project Knowledge System;
- Growing external interest in take up of our systems (STRESA & GIST).
Summary of the project

The project Knowledge Networks & e-Learning project supports Commission services with technical expertise, information services and impartial advice in the fields of eLearning and knowledge management. The importance of the Internet in providing inexpensive public access to on-line training courses and self-learning is recognised in the eEurope action plan. There is also a growing need for Commission services to provide electronic networks and information systems for external partners and the public at large.

The KNE project concentrates in the following main areas, as requested by our customers:
-Technology observatory; tracking of and experimenting with new and emerging technologies;
technical support and advice to the PROMETEUS network (PRomoting Multimedia Education & Training in EUropean Society) on behalf of DG INFSO;
-Systems for improved dissemination and management of dynamic data e.g. project results;
-Internet based news and media monitoring services;
-European scale information brokerage systems, Digital video, Web training techniques and collaboration systems.


Delivery of life-long learning to all citizens in the EU is critical for the success of the Information Society. New models of communication are developing, ranging from simple e-mail to interactive video, audio conferencing and Internet broadcasting. Public organisations are widely adopting Internet to provide public access to information and services.
Secure electronic commerce systems are being implemented through the use of digital certificate authorities and encryption techniques.
Organisations are adopting Knowledge Management techniques to improve collaboration and smooth information access.
Research and development into these new Web based technologies both helps define European policy in this field, and results in real-life operational systems to support DG activities.

The overall project is also very much in-line with recommendation II from the Davignon Report "Implementing the JRC's Mission".
Develop Internet based user-friendly services to make information gathered easily accessible.

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