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Towards an inclusive information society in Europe: the role of voluntary organisations

Project ID: IST-2000-25427
Funded under: FP5-IST


The report is the outcome of a study, known as the VSIIS study, on how voluntary organisations can encourage a more inclusive information society in Europe. Voluntary organisations across Europe contribute to employment creation, provide a wide range of information and services, and encourage disadvantaged groups to be more active members of society and the economy. Voluntary organisations can also foster a more inclusive information society. The study explores this potential role and suggests ways to support and develop it through future policy and research.

Analysis is presented in four thematic chapters: training and employment in the information society, democratic participation and online content, social capital and participation for all, and funding and partnerships. The report makes recommendations for future development of policy and research on this topic at both national and EU-level.

The report may be downloaded from the Internet at: html

Additional information

Authors: O'DONNELL S, Models Research, Dublin (IE)
Bibliographic Reference: October 2001, pp. 83.
Availability: Available free of charge from: Models Research, Abbey House, 15-17 Upper Abbey St., Dublin 1, Ireland E-mail:
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