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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2011.8.2 | Award Amount: 2.58M | Year: 2013

Sport is the most universal and accessible of cultural pursuits. European Traditional Sports and Games (TSG) are as diverse as our cultures. TSG organisations work tirelessly to promote participation in their sports, but also as custodians of custom, language and history. The TSG club or playing field is often the focal point of community life. Trends in globalisation have led to a convergence of spectator interest to just a few mainstream sports with culturally homogonous identities. Re-Play will focus on two families of TSG (Gaelic and Basque), that are integral to the fabric of their communities of origin and have successfully staved off this trend of convergence. Gaelic and Basque sports are also practiced internationally and experience high levels of participation amongst all genders and age groups. They also share common techniques and forms of play and thus, open the opportunity for the Re-Play project results to be applied to other TSGs. To this end Re-Play will include an advisory group of other TSG associations and its results will be made available under Open Source or Hybrid license models. Re-Play proposes a study of the biomechanics and play dynamics of a number of sports and the creation of capture methodologies which balance cost and effectiveness. The platform will use off-the shelf and sensors and leading-edge studio rigs. Such an approach will allow the styles of play of elite sportspersons (national heroes) to be captured with precision for posterity, and amateur sportspersons (local heroes) for the more routine elements of play with inexpensive setups as well as a comparison of the two approaches. Re-Play includes novel 3D rendering and interaction for coaching, teaching and entertainment to allow a user practice new basic skills and to emulate their hero. A video only approach is included to recover techniques of past players from legacy video content, thus allowing for an analysis of the evolution of the sport into the future.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2009.1.6 | Award Amount: 9.91M | Year: 2010

BonFIRE will design, build and operate a multi-site Cloud prototype FIRE facility to support research across applications, services and systems at all stages of the R&D lifecycle, targeting the services research community on Future Internet.\nThe BonFIRE vision is to give researchers in these areas access to a facility that supports large scale multi-disciplinary experimentation of their systems and applications addressing all aspects of research across all layers. We will develop and support a framework which allows service-based computing practitioners to experiment with their latest ideas in service orientation and distributed computing. We have elaborated 3 usage scenarios. Our overall goal is to encourage new communities of experimenters to take advantage of the opportunities offered by the FIRE infrastructure to guide the development of the Future Internet from a service-based applications standpoint.\nThe facility will be demand-driven, open, standards-based and dynamic. It will provide additional functionality to that currently available. It will adopt the principle of open coordinated federation of testbeds and will provide innovative usage scenarios.\nWe will stimulate research through 2 open calls to establish a methodology of experimentally driven research. The facility shall be open not only to the researchers selected and funded by BonFIRE through the open calls but also to a wider researcher community in order to encourage the usage and involvement of a significant number of end users.\nWe have set the ambitious target of having an initial framework in operation by month 9. This will be followed by periodic updates which will enhance the functionality of BonFIRE in response to user requirements. We aim to make the testbed sustainable after the end of the project by studying possible associated business models and by balancing the short- and long-term interests of all interested parties (users, owners, policy makers etc) in business decision-making.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: BSG-SME | Phase: SME-1 | Award Amount: 1.46M | Year: 2010

The EUTV project designs and develops an open source framework to provide a portal that ag-gregates multimedia information streams coming from podcasts, media RSS, and publicly available audio and video sources and develop personalised, adaptive and topic-oriented chan-nels for professionals and consumers. This framework will build-in profile-based access to in-formation, content and services, which not only bring together and extend several state-of-the-art technologies for information access, but also conform to standards and guidelines available for accessibility, usability, scalability and adaptability. Our modern use of multimedia information requires that information and services accommodate different presentations and interaction designs at the user interface level, on the basis of re-quirements that include user needs, preferences, personalisation, customisation, adaptation and constraints; characteristics of the tasks to be performed (e.g. repetitive, knowledge-intensive, collaborative); capabilities of available access devices; and contextual information. EUTV will accomplish this by providing an approach based on topic of interest detection, track-ing and presentation in a multidimensional profile space. The topic domains EUTV will focus are news, sports and documentaries. The project results will be implemented for networked and aggregated audio-visual content re-sources that are publicly available on the web. The application scenarios are following a user-centric design and involvement approach to ensure that user requirements will be met. The EUTV project partners have complementary expertise and form an ideal mix of competencies for the successful completion of the project. They are ready and committed to properly support and spread the results of the technology at a large scale and to their direct partners and clients.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CSA | Phase: ICT-2011.8.2 | Award Amount: 672.50K | Year: 2013

The MAXICULTURE Support Action aims to maximise the impact of EC funded ICT projects in the cultural domain through the adaptation, testing and transfer of a socio-economic assessment methodology. The MAXICULTURE idea emerges from the consideration that there is a growing need to verify how public investment in R&D can guarantee the best value for money and maximise the impact on European economy and society. This is nowhere more needed than in the cultural heritage sector. The MAXICULTURE consortium have participated in previous initiatives such as the EACEA Study on the entrepreneurial dimension of the cultural and creative industries and the ERINA\ and SEQUOIA support actions (socio-economic impact of research e-Infrastructures and research projects in the area of Internet of Services) and are aware of the issues originating from the specificities of the cultural sector. Thus, the consortium will work with domain stakeholders and projects from call 6 and 9 in order to best capture their needs, feeding them into an effective methodology that will support the projects to self-evaluate and increase the impact of the social, scientific and economic results within the European cultural, educational, scientific and leisure contexts.\nWith the aim of supporting the maximisation of the research outputs effectiveness and efficiency, MAXICULTURE will analyse projects outputs, not only in terms of innovation and improvement related to the state of the art of the cultural sector, but also in terms of transferability of results to the wider society in general and to the supply-industry in particular. Self-assessment results and best practices will be used as a base to develop the recommendations for the successful implementation of a long term agenda for actions within ICT at the service of the cultural sector at EU and national level for public authorities and stakeholders in years 2015-2020.


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Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP-FP | Phase: TPT.2010-4.;TPT.2010-5. | Award Amount: 1.80M | Year: 2011

Enhancing interconnectivity of short & long distance transport networks through passenger focused interlinked information-connectivity IC-IC will develop an ICS (InfoConnectivity System), involving the airports of Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Paris & Vienna, related ground transport & airlines, representing both short- & long-distance transport. Many stakeholders will get involved in a Stakeholders Forum & Conference. By providing currently missing information which travellers already wish to have with regard to facilities & services of their next immediate destination and/or next transport provider(s), the ICS is expected to improve the travelling experience implying a possible gain of time, and improve change between transport modes. Much of such information can be provided while waiting, e.g. in the airport train/bus, the lounge, the airplane, utilizing camera mobile phones to connect to information provided by QR (Quick Response) codes, and mobile phones fitted with NFC (Near Field Communication) able to connect to respective tags. To provide ICS information to the multi-lingual target group of travellers, a language translation software will be employed to offer all information in 14 languages with English as the reference language. Requirements of the ageing population are considered by utilizing the Age Explorer, a suit that lets test persons experience the obstacles old persons encounter when moving, filling out forms, operating Self Check-in, or a ticket machine. 1000 persons in 3 countries will be interviewed, information of Stakeholders collected, model ICS applications developed & implemented to serve in real live situations. The effectiveness of the InfoConnectivity improvements will be assessed with regard to information made available which otherwise a traveller would not have been able to access plus gained time & ease of passenger transfer between transport networks. Based on this, an ICS handbook will be elaborated.

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