OISTU Project

Observatory of Information Society Take-Up

Observatory of IS take-up in the New Member States and the Candidate Countries

Overview

Starting date: January 2007
Duration: 2 years


Objectives: The Observatory on Information Society Take-up (OISTU) will analyse and aggregate available data relevant to Information Society take-up in the New Member States and Candidate Countries. This will include statistical indicators, best practice and Information Society policies, with a view to offering a platform for scientifically sound, evidence-based and collaborative debate among stakeholders in the New Member States and Candidate Countries.


Description: To fulfil this aim, the Observatory is expected to offer the following three services:

  1. Collect, analyse and aggregate data (indicators, policies, institutions and best practice) relevant to Information Society take-up in the New Member States and Candidate Countries.
    These data and their analysis will be diffused via a public website.
  2. Organise an annual international expert workshop on Information Society take-up in these countries and the publication of an annual policy support-oriented report (the annual "Observatory Intelligence Report") that will reflect state-of-the-art diagnoses and recommendations.
  3. Support scientific networking and knowledge-building on IS-related topics with and among the New Member States and Candidate Countries, as well as other EU25 Member States, in particular through the production of an annual web-based international and peer-reviewed scientific book.

Policy relevance

Following the strong recommendations made by the Scientific Steering Committee for IS take-up in the New Member States and Candidate Countries at its meetings in Krynica, Poland (September 2005) and Budapest, Hungary (April 2006), IPTS is launching a multi-annual project which will establish an "Observatory on Information Society Take-up in the New Member States and Candidate Countries" (OISTU). Its mission will be to collect, analyse and disseminate the data relevant to Information Society take-up in these countries with a view to supporting European and national Information Society-related policy-making towards the Lisbon targets and those of "i2010 - A European Information Society" for growth and employment.

Partners

Dissemination

Related Events:

Annual OISTU International Workshop: TBD

Related Publications:

  • Web-Book
  • Previous Research Reports: as explained above, the OISTU project has been based on previous research on Information Society take-up in the New Member States and Candidate Countries. This research is documented in a series of reports.

Related Links:

  • OISTU web site: TBD

Contact

Project Leader: Marc Bogdanowicz
Marc.Bogdanowicz(at)ec.europa.eu