CELTIC News, 1 April 2011

Celtic Proposer's Day and Event; Presentations are now available

The Celtic-Plus Event and Proposer's Day this year was very successful with nearly 200 participants. Especially interesting for proposal submissions to Call 1/2011 (spring call) should be the numerous proposal presentations. These presentation cover in particular the areas:

  • Get Connected (network related issues)
  • Digital Cities and Digital Home

The presentation can be accessed at:

Reminder: Call for proposals (spring-call) is on 9 May 2011!

The new fast call process, allowing two full proposal calls per year is expected to speed up the overall proposal process by 6 to 9 months. It is expected that accepted and labelled projects may already start in 2011!

Possible research items are provided in the Celtic-Plus Purple Book 2011 (

Call details are available at:

Celtic Excellence Awards goes to the following successful projects:

At the Celtic Event the three most successful projects of last year received the Celtic Excellence Award:

  • 100GET Gold Award
  • WINNER+ Gold Award
  • RUBENS Bronze Award

Cloudscape III

With over 30 speakers and panellists, 25 use cases and position papers and a first iteration of the SIENA standardisation Roadmap, Cloudscape III brought a 360° overview on the Cloud computing landscape, covering benefits for enterprise, research and government alongside challenges spanning scalability, data movement, ownership and privacy, security and legal issues, openness and interoperability. The event took place from 15-16 March 2011 in Brussels, Belgium.

Mrs. Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, highlighted the SIENA Initiative as an example of support towards Europe's development of open specifications and driving forward international standardization efforts vital for achieving interoperability, which "is essential for the cloud to be fair, open and competitive".

Robert Madelin, Director-General, DG Information Society and Media of the European Commission & Cloudscape III Keynote speaker, comments that "The potential benefits of cloud computing in business, public services and scientific research are widely recognised. Efforts like the SIENA standardisation roadmap will be very useful in making these benefits materialise".

Report with recommendations for future internet research

Title: "Towards a Future Internet: Interrelations between Technological, Social and Economic Aspects"

A 20 months study carried out by the Oxford Internet Institute, titled "Towards a Future Internet: Interrelations between Technological, Social and Economic Aspects" has recently finished.

After having conducted extensive surveys and considered several possible scenarios, the study identified ten paired principles to guide future Internet developments, and gave some general recommendations, for the Digital Agenda and Future Research priorities. The final version of the Study can be found at undefined  

The agenda of the event is at undefined

Internet of Services Newsletter - March 2011

The newsletter about Software & Services in the Information Society

This newsletter reports about the activities of the unit on software and services. Whereas the gravity of the work done by the unit is still on research, we are more and more engaged in actions related to the Digital Agenda and designing a Cloud Computing strategy for Europe. For the Digital Agenda, we will start with a study that investigates best practices for procuring more open standards-based ICT systems, in order to avoid vendor lock-in. This study will be the basis for a Communication of the European Commission with guidelines for public procurement of ICT systems in 2012. The call for tender for this study is now open, and further details can be found in this newsletter. Soon, we will also launch a study which will quantify the demand for Cloud Computing in Europe and the likely barriers to take-up. The call for tender for this study will open soon.

On the research side, I am very happy to announce that the projects for the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership are currently under negotiation and are supposed to start working on 1 April. The Core Platform project will result in a platform that combines features from service platforms, cloud hosting, internet of things enablement, security and new networking features. I hope that this large scale project will also boost the software and services area in general.

In July a new call for proposals in the area of Cloud computing, Internet of Services and Advanced Software Engineering will open. An information day in Budapest will kick off a series of opportunities for you to get more insight in the envisaged outcomes and impacts and to meet other proposers.

Furthermore, we started preparing the Workprogramme of 2013 and had a first outlook towards the next Framework Programme, FP8, with an expert workshop. First results are reported here.

Enjoy reading!

Rainer Zimmermann

Head of Software & Service Architectures and Infrastructures Unit,
Information Society Directorate-General, European Commission  

Please read the complete undefinednewsletter.

Research for context-sensitive user interfaces

The research project Serenoa is a three-year effort accomplished by seven partners across Europe, from September 2010 to September 2013. The project intends to create new mechanisms for multidimensional, context-aware adaptation of Service Front-Ends. It is funded by the European Union with 3,273,620 € (64% of total budget) as a Call 5 STREP Project. The kick-off meeting took place on the 14th and 15th September 2010 in Boecillo (Spain) and a second meeting happened from the 14th to the 16th December 2010 in Darmstadt (Germany). Results after the first six months of the project are ready for the first review by the European Commision in March 2011.

Serenoa intends to fill existing gaps on development of Service Front-Ends which dynamically adapt to the context of use. This "context of use" includes all aspects which define characteristics of the person using the service, the software and hardware as well as the server side, and the real world (where, when and how the interaction with the service is actually taking place). Nowadays, user access services in an ubiquitous manner and there is a lack of systems which allow the creation of services supporting user interaction that can vary depending on the actual situation of the user: sitting in front of a desktop PC, using a TV remote control, interacting with mobile phones on-the-go or using embedded or wearable devices in industrial environments.

The goal of the research project Serenoa is to develop a novel, open platform for enabling the creation of context-sensitive service front-ends. The project consortium including academia, technology centres, large companies and SMEs intends to cover the complete value chain of research, development and innovation. In this way, basic research will be applied to the requirements of companies in order to satisfy market needs. Furthermore, there will be an intensive effort in order to standardize the results of the project with the consensus of a context-aware developers’ community.

Serenoa is a joint effort of Telefónica I+D (coordinator,, Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche / Istituto di Scienza e Tecnologie dell'Informazione "A. Faedo" (, CTIC Technology Centre (, SAP AG (, Université catholique de Louvain (, W4 ( and the World Wide Web Consortium (

ONIT workshop

The 3rd IEEE International Open NGN and IMS Testbeds Workshop (ONIT 2011) – "Next Generation Networks Evolution Towards Future Internet", held in conjunction with COMPSAC, the IEEE Signature Conference on Computers, Software, and Applications.

FIA book 2010 published

The Future Internet Assembly published its second book titled: "Towards the Future Internet - Emerging Trends from European Research", Edited by Georgios Tselentis, Alex Galis, Anastasius Gavras, Srdjan Krco, Volkmar Lotz, Elena Simperl, Burkhard Stiller, Theodore Zahariadis. The book is available undefinedonline

X-ETP Group Future Internet Strategic Research Agenda

The Strategic Research Agenda (SRA) on Future Internet of the cross-European Technology Platforms (X-ETPs) Group aims to define short, medium and long-term research challenges and identify future important trends.

undefinedDownload the X-ETP Strategic Research Agenda

ICT 2010: Call for proposals to exhibit cutting edge research and innovation projects

Published on 17 February 2010

The European Commission today published the Call for Proposals for exhibits at ICT2010 on 27-29 September 2010. The Commission is looking for ideas in the area of upstream ICT innovation as well as close-to-market projects. We invite any organisation involved in European research and development as well as deployment projects and associated support activities to submit an idea for an exhibit. The call is open to all sorts of actors in ICT research: universities, research institutes, non-profit organisations, public authorities and commercial companies including small and medium sized enterprises. Closing date: 30 March 2010.

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White paper on the Future Internet PPP definition

Published on 04 February 2010


The White paper on the Future Internet PPP definition has been published on

The direct link to the document is: EFII_White_Paper_2010_Public.pdf

You can register to join the EFII community at:

EC Communication on Future Internet PPP 

On 28 October 2009, the European Commission published its Communication about "A public-private partnership on the Future Internet". The document concludes that an industry-driven Public Private Partnership (PPP)  needs to be set up rapidly, in order to complement the ongoing longer-term research supported by the FP7 ICT work programme. In the context of Future Internet research, the Commission also mentions the FIRE on Future Internet Research and Experimentation to which the PII project has been contributing.

The Commission calls upon all stakeholders to work together towards the objectives of the PPP.

Further information:

undefinedEC Communication on Future Internet PPP(pdf) 28 October 2009

FIREweek 2009 Fire and Living Labs - “Future internet by the people”, 1-2 July, Luleå, Sweden

332 delegates from 192 different organizations in 30 countries have participated in the FIREweek 2009 Fire and Living Labs - “Future internet by the people”. Some immediate results from all the joint efforts at the conference can already be seen:

• Evidence show that the awareness of FIRE and Living Labs initiatives has increased broadly and significantly

• A clearly a strengthened perspective of opportunities in closer collaboration between FIRE and Living Labs

• Several new project plans and other initiatives are taken - also jointly by people that had not met before the conference

The organizers are convinced that this conference has ignited actions that will have a clear positive long-term impact on how future internet can/should/has to be evolved and also hope and believe that that this conference – subtitled “Future internet by the people” – has brought everyone forward in a recognition and understanding that the R&D professionals and policy makers, may not only have the focus on creating a future internet for people. Rather, the focus could be on creating technology services and environments that will enable all people to take active part in creation of the future internet.

70 speakers in 22 sessions, SMSs from the "open brain tapping" and video filming etc have all contributed to the comprehensive conference material that will in a few weeks be published, as granted, at