ICT Priorities for the Western Balkan Countries

The SCORE project has started an open consultation to define the ICT research priorities in the Western Balkan countries for the period 2007-2013

The EU funded project SCORE “Strengthening the Strategic Cooperation between the EU and Western Balkan Region in the field of ICT Research” is running an Open Consultation in order to identify the ICT research priorities for the period 2007 – 2013 in the Western Balkan Countries.

ICT stakeholders willing to have an active role in defining the most suitable ICT research priorities for Albania, Bosnia & Herzegovina, FYR of Macedonia, and Serbia are invited to participate, by visiting http://consultations.score-project.eu and answering to 3 simple questions.

The main goal of the SCORE project is to contribute to the shaping of EU ICT research policy in the Western Balkan region, in a way that meets the interests and actual needs of regional ICT stakeholders, by developing 4 country-specific ICT Strategic Research Agendas for the participating Western Balkan countries, as well as a Policy Paper with “Recommendations for shaping EU scientific co-operation with the Western Balkan Region in the field of ICT research: 2007-2013” for the EU Commission.

Concretely, the ICT Strategic Research Agendas defining ICT research priorities in each of these WB countries will be developed following an open consultation process.

A first phase of this consultation process has recently involved key ICT local experts who have indicated precise ICT research priorities for their own country, together with the related objectives and research areas. Four Initial ICT Strategic Research Agendas have accordingly been developed.

The ongoing Open Consultation is aimed at gathering feedback from a broader ICT stakeholder audience, so as to finalise these documents and render them a concrete basis for the development of the Policy Paper.
By answering to the 3 simple questions the participants can personally contribute to the enrichment of the ICT research priorities already defined for the Western Balkan countries, and also identify further research priorities that they consider important to be mentioned.
The Open Consultation is accessible on-line from 5th November 2007 till 10th December 2007, by visiting http://consultations.score-project.eu.
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It is finally worth to be underlined that the SCORE project has also implemented an information portal providing also networking opportunities to its members.

By registering at www.score-project.eu it is possible to access information, such as:

• News on ICT research topics both at EU and Western Balkan level,
• A calendar of the most important and related events,
• Documents such as country reports, studies, national strategies, policy papers, analyses, etc.
• Information about other related ICT projects,
• Useful links listed by country and ICT, R&D topics,
While, the following features support the SCORE portal members’ networking opportunities:

• On-line ICT directories allowing for searching the profiles and contacting other organisations and members
• Interactive on-line communication tool enabling instant messages, uploading and sharing of documents, and exchange ideas for future projects and best practices.

inserted by Florian GRUBER on 2007-11-19 13:44:49