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Cluster for Electronic COMmerce


Standardization must be based on sound applied science and research work in order to reflect market needs. This is particularly true in the ICT area. To wait until research programmes have reached their conclusion before considering standardization of existing technical specifications may results in long delays and additional costs. Experience shows that standards emerging from cooperative research have a higher rate of success in international consensus building processes. An important contribution to the competitiveness of European industry on a global scale can be done if the need for standardization in R&D project is recognised at an early stage. This contributes to a faster development of the technical specifications involved and to their acceptance within world- wide markets.

The objective of C-ECOM is to enhance co-operation among R&D projects with similar electronic commerce standards related objectives, in order to benefit from cross- fertilisation in the CEN/ISSS open environment. The C-ECOM Project will allow market players active in IST projects relevant to electronic commerce to benefit from a direct comparison with other similar projects where electronic commerce issues and the need of potential standards will be discussed. This will enable market players to implement a fast track for standardization, and, when appropriate, to start the process before the R&D projects have reached completion. Moreover, the close relationship between the actors involved will facilitate endorsement from industry, users, and other parties, and improve considerably the overall visibility of results.

Work description:
The C-ECOM project aims at implementing an efficient feeding process into standardization. It will comprise the setting up of an open platform, dealing with the input of the IST projects contribution towards the appropriate bodies, following their development and keeping the constituent projects informed. This approach allows R&D projects to avoid the workload of dealing with several standardization bodies, while give them a high control over the outputs.
In a very schematic way, the steps of the process are the following:
A) The C-ECOM project will seek to examine the whole potential of approved projects.
B) It will aim at obtaining participation to the open platform from at least 8/10% of the contacted projects.
C) The projects participating in the cluster activity will be asked to give contributions to the platform in term of standard-related deliverables in the broad sense (guidelines, best practices, codes of conduct, technical specifications, etc).
D) As far as the content of the contributions are concerned, the aim of the C-ECOM project is to enable IST projects under the current calls to feed the process with either material relating to their existing work or newly developed material.

The input will be followed up by the Project Manager, who will report to the open platform. Adequate measures will be taken on the basis of the response, in order to facilitate the development, through the most suitable channel, of standards related deliverables. In particular, the CEN/ISSS Workshop system offers a flexible approach to standardization, giving projects the opportunity to find solutions in an environment tailor-made for their needs. CEN/ISSS Workshop concept provides a unique opportunity for project consortia to dialogue with a wider constituency and to develop and promote project results validated by consensus in an open area.

Month 1: Information package/ publication of web site.
Month 2: Contacting projects.
Month 3: Feedback from projects.
Month 4: Publication of brochures/leaflets/Analysis of feedback from R&D projects
Month 5: Identification and classification of successful projects
Month 6: C-ECOM Work programme.
Month 16: Project open meeting.

Funding Scheme

CON - Coordination of research actions


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