Rome, 18 Sept 2007 – The analysis of about 300 cases has been the starting point of a study called ERINA, standing for Recommendations for Exploiting Research INfrastructure Potential in Key Areas of ICT. The study is run by the Italian company Engineering Ingegneria Informatica and commissioned by the Information Society and Media Directorate-General of the European Commission.
The main objective of ERINA (http://www.erina-study.eu ) is to provide, by the end of the year, a set of recommendations on extending the use of Research Infrastructures to e-Health, e-Learning and e-Government domains. The recommendations will examine the costs of implementing e-Infrastructures in these fields as well as the potential synergies and economies of scale at the European level.
During the workshop, to be held on the 21st Sept in the framework of the 4th Ministerial e-Government conference in Lisbon (http://www.egov2007.gov.pt ), Engineering will present initial findings including potential barriers and enablers in terms of economic and operational efficiency, accessibility, time savings, environmental impact, user knowledge transfer and awareness building, arising from the indepth analysis of the 5 selected European best practices.
In the domain of eHealth, best practices include PIC (Port d’Informaciò Cientifica) and EBI (European Bioinformatics Institute), in the area of eLearning Eduroam and Ten Competence have been selected for analysis, while the area eGovernment is covered by Cyclops (CYber Infrastructure for CiviL protection Operative ProcedureS).
The workshop’s programme will also include the presentation by Krystyna Marek, representative of the GÉANT & e-Infrastructure Unit of the European Commission, a speech by John Wood, in his capacity as chairman of European Strategy Forum on Research Infrastructures (ESFRI) reporting on lessons learned in building pan-European research infrastructures and the intervention of José Maria Cavanillas De San Segundo, Director R&I, Atos Origin Spain speaking on needs, expectations and vision path in the e-health and e-government domains with regard to i2010.
The final set of recommendations will be discussed during a final workshop to be organized at the end of the year 2007 (date and venue to be confirmed). The results of the study will be included in a report summarizing the technical, social, economic and financial impact of e-Infrastructures in the three areas under investigation.