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Synergetic network for development of the European telework/telematics forum

Objective

SYNERGY will develop and expand the European Telework/Telematics Forum (ECTF) as the framework for EC Concerted Actions on Telework, Telematics in Small Business and Telematics in Tourism.

The ECTF is an open and informal association of individuals and organisations active in the promotion and exploitation of new teleworking and telematics in small business and tourism - particularly those opportunities which contribute to revitalisation of rural areas.

The ECTF's objectives are:

to encourage the exchange of information between telematics initiatives in Europe, EFTA, and Central Europe,
to liaison with initiatives in the USA and elsewhere,
to assist in concertation actions - publications and seminars, and in the development of consensus, as appropriate, for technology development.

The basic approach for concertation is for the ECTF to function as a catalyst, sparking ideas and actions which existing organisations, and then implement these with national or local funding.

ECTF co-ordinators throughout the EC will pursue specifically the subject areas of telematics in telework, small businesses, and tourism. A membership campaign, with a target of 10 000 members by month 30 will be launched. The ECTF will be formed as an "European Economic Interest Group" (EEIG), or other appropriate legal entity. An advisory board representative of, key end users and actors in rural development fields, network operators, and equipment manufacturers, corporate users, etc will be appointed.

The ECTF will produce a newsletter, journal, who's who, projects listings, bibliography, and library. Documents will be complied and distributed via an electronic mail system. Advanced indexing and searching facilities of ECTF literature will be explored. Seminars and other concertation actions will be held (nearly) monthly in rural regions. Annual major European global telework/telematics conferences and exhibitions will be held in 93 and 94. Co-operation and co-development opportunities will be pursued with appropriate corporate interests.

Coordinator

Protocol Communications Ltd
Address
12 Castle Street
TQ9 5NU Totnes
United Kingdom

Participants (10)

Braemar Business Exchange
United Kingdom
EMPIRICA GESELLSCHAFT FUER KOMMUNIKATIONS- UND TECHNOLOGIEFORSCHUNG MBH
Germany
Address
Oxfordstrasse 2
53111 Bonn
INMARK
Spain
Innova International Srl
Italy
Address
Via Lariana 7
00199 Roma
Institut de l'Audiovisuel et des Télécommunications en Europe
France
Address

34092 Montpellier
Swansea University
United Kingdom
Address
Singleton Park
SA2 8PP Swansea
Systems Synthesis Ltd
United Kingdom
Address
Waterloo House Waterloo Street
BS8 4BT Bristol
UNIVERSITY COLLEGE DUBLIN
Ireland
Address
Belfield
UNIVERSITY OF THE AEGEAN
Greece
Address
University Hill, Administration Bldg.
Wierda, Ovemars & Partners
Netherlands