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Tools for Reusable, Integrated, Adaptable Learning - Systems/standards for Open Learning Using Tested Interoperable Objects and Networking

Objective

The project proposes to enhance the benefits of the Information Society for Europe by assisting European organisations and enterprises in the development of their software programmes and products in collaboration with programmers in the New Independent States (NIS) of the former Soviet Union, primarily in Russia, Ukraine and Armenia. The project will design, implement and trial a pan-European software outsourcing service that will institutionalise for European organisations and enterprises application development in the NIS. By the end of the project, a trial service will have been designed, built and experimented with, enabling NIS software units (companies, institutes and laboratories) to explore sophisticated charging options and business models with their European customers.

OBJECTIVES
The United Nations International Labour Organization (UNILO) warned on 11 December 2000 that Europe was facing an information technology labour shortage. The UNILO believes the EU will be short some 1.6 million IT workers by 2002, a figure which constitutes 13% of the total jobs available. The shortage will slow European growth, increase inflation on the Continent and stimulate immigration from Central Europe into Western Europe. Over the long term, the increased immigration might improve the EU's economic performance but will undermine Central Europe's one. The project proposes to enhance the benefits of the Information Society for Europe by assisting European organisations and enterprises in the development of their software programmes and products in collaboration with the programmers in the New Independent States (NIS) of the former Soviet Union, primarily in Russia, Ukraine and Armenia. The project will design, implement and trial a pan-European software outsourcing service that will institutionalise for European organisations and enterprises application development in the NIS. By the end of the project we will have designed, built and experimented with a trial service, that will enable NIS software units (companies, institutes and laboratories) to explore sophisticated charging options and business models with their European customers.

DESCRIPTION OF WORK
A trial pan-European service of software outsourcing to the NIS will be designed and experimented with. It will enable European customers to explore different business models with their service providers in the NIS. Measurable improvements for end-users are: major savings on professional charges, recruitment and training of new staff, office space rental and services, rapid access to qualified workforce, better utilisation of organisation's local resources, better access to the NIS technology and know-how, more effective competition in global market.

Measurable improvements for outsourcing providers using our project are: access to European software standards and quality demands, software development contracts through our extended pan-European network, training, certification, building company profile, joint ventures, etc.

Using the above platform, we will show to what extent
(1) the demand for IT personnel can be eased and managed effectively through outsourcing of software development to the NIS and
(2) customers can flexibly access both high price and low price services, depending on their particular application needs, instead of being limited to a single best-effort service. Analysis will be performed to show the stability, fairness and profitability of charging and the efficient operation and management of the project.

Funding Scheme

ACM - Preparatory, accompanying and support measures

Coordinator

UNIVERSITE LIBRE DE BRUXELLES
Address
Avenue Franklin Roosevelt 50
1050 Bruxelles
Belgium

Participants (9)

EUROPEAN CENTRE FOR KNOWLEDGE AND TECHNOLOGY TRANSFER
Belgium
Address
Chaussee De Wavre 348
1040 Bruxelles
JOINT INSTITUTE FOR NUCLEAR RESEARCH
Russia
Address
Jolio-curie 6
141980 Dubna, Moscow Region
MARKET-VISIO OY
Finland
Address
Niittykatu 8
02200 Espoo
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF THE REPUBLIC OF ARMENIA
Armenia
Address
1, P. Sevak Str.
375044 Yerevan
NATIONAL ACADEMY OF SCIENCES OF UKRAINE
Ukraine
Address
14-B, Metrologichna Str.
252030 Kiyv
NON-COMMERCIAL PARTNERSHIP ST.-PETERSBURG CONSORTIUM OF SOFTWARE DEVELOPERS "FORT ROSS"
Russia
Address
Pirogova Passage 7, Office 5
190000 St. Petersburg
RUSSIAN ACADEMY OF SCIENCES
Russia
Address
8, Gubkina Str.
117312 Moskva
TELIASONERA FINLAND OYJ
Finland
Address
Teollisuuskatu 15
00510 Helsinki
WISTA-MANAGEMENT GMBH WISSENSCHAFTS- UND WIRTSCHAFTSSTANDORT BERLIN-ADLERSHOF
Germany
Address
Rudower Chaussee 5
12489 Berlin