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Category:   E-Announce
Subject:   Digital Content, Multimedia and Markets
From:   LISA
Email:   webmaster_(on)_lisa.org
Date received:   28 Feb 2001

European Commission Directorate-General Information Society Content, Multimedia Tools and Markets --------------------------------------- Dear Madam, Dear Sir, The European Commission is about to set in motion a new market- orientated programme in the area of Internet content products and services, which has become known as eContent. The programme is intended to stimulate the development and use of "European digital content (e-content) on the global networks", and consists of three action lines: AL1: Improving access to and expanding use of public sector information. AL2: Enhancing content production in a multilingual and multicultural environment. AL3: Increasing the dynamic of the digital content market. The overall goal of the projects and other actions established within Action Line 2 is to investigate and experiment with new partnerships, strategies and solutions for designing and producing e-content services which can be speedily and effectively tailored to the requirements of European and global markets. Cost-shared projects established within this Action Line will focus in the 2001-2002 time frame on products and services designed to be used in connection with Internet access points, ranging from PCs through mobiles and communicating appliances, to television sets and game consoles. Transnational projects and other collaborative actions are expected to address three broad communities: - private and public e-content players planning to enhance their offerings (e.g. web portals, mobile services, broadband information and entertainment services) through cost effective internationalisation strategies and localisation processes; - businesses and public-sector actors (e.g. utilities) which intend to establish or strengthen their presence on the e-commerce scene through e.g. web marketing, retailing and customer care offerings adapted to the linguistic and cultural requirements of a broad range of user groups; - private/public partnerships geared towards a wider deployment and commercial exploitation of public sector information. *** Further information on the eContent programme can be found at www.cordis.lu/econtent For additional details on Action Line 2 and Language technologies and applications in general: www.hltcentral.org Early information on upcoming calls for proposals will be published on the above web sites towards the end of February. Best regards, Roberto Cencioni Head of unit, INFSO/D4 Inquiries re eContent: econtent_(on)_cec.eu.int Inquiries re Action Line 2 and associated R&D developments: hlt_(on)_cec.eu.int

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