posted Tuesday, September 19, 2006 at 12:29 PM MST
ISTweb | Home Page: "IST is a single, integrated research programme building on the convergence of information processing, communications and media technologies. IST has an indicative budget of 3.6 billion euro and is managed by the Information Society DG of the European Commission."3.6 billion Euro ... for research in IT integration ... *swoon*
A couple of the initiatives headlined in IST Results:
Learning through technology-enhanced collaboration; TENCompetence will lay the foundations for collaborative e-learning networks -
While new technologies have made information more accessible, they have yet to live up to their full potential when it comes to knowledge sharing. Two European projects in the field of collaborative learning are looking to change that.
The IST-funded COOPER and TENCompetence initiatives, which began in December 2005 and will run for two and four years respectively, are creating new tools and techniques for technology-enhanced collaborative learning. Part of the Professional Learning Cluster of IST research projects, the two initiatives are complementary in the way they are applying technology to the realm of collaborative learning, in which groups of teachers and pupils cooperate to share expertise and solve complex problems.
Helping build designs that are 'cool'; EVaN promotes design that is integrated into everyday products -
Cool design creates hot profits, and although really great design is an art rather than a craft, the EVaN project has developed some best-practice design tools to help companies maximise their potential. EVaN aims to usher in a new wave of design that allies form with function."Business is waking up to the enormous potential that compelling design offers," says Alessio Marchesi of Politecnico di Milano, EVaN's coordinator. Great design such as Apple's iconic iPod for example has enabled the company to draw profits from the two opposing revenue generators on the supply-demand curve: margin and volume. Great design can charge a premium and still shift millions of units, because it adds value to a product and protects it from commoditisation.