The European Union and its 25 member states, as well as many other governments around the World, are studying carefully the social dimensions of Information Society Technology and its various applications in different areas of social and economic life. Having this in mind, The FISTERA Delphi set out to determine expert views of the following issues:
- What are the main challenges that R&D needs to address in Information Society Technologies (IST)?
- What are the main impediments for developing IST applications?
- What actions should the European Union (EU) implement to achieve more effective and socially beneficial IST development and application?
- How do specific IST Application Areas (e.g. Government, Health, Education, etc.) contribute to specific EU goals (e.g. job and wealth creation, competitiveness, etc.)?
- Which IST Application Areas are liable to contribute most significantly to the success of European knowledge economies?
- What are the EU’s capabilities for generating IST applications and for industrial exploitation of IST?
- How well prepared are public and private research sectors to seize the opportunities presented by developing IST?
- Which stakeholders can contribute most to the development of specific IST Application Areas?
The FISTERA Delphi examined the period to 2010 and beyond. 2010 is the date to which the Lisbon Objectives (i.e. improvement of job & wealth creation; competitiveness; social cohesion & inclusion; and environmental quality in the European Union) are oriented, and is thus an important reference point. But the full implications of many emerging IST applications are unlikely to be fully realised until after that date, and the European Information Society will certainly continue to evolve beyond then.
The study is intended to inform discussions around the future Framework Programme (FP7). It is mainly focused on prospects for the EU25, and many of the experts consulted come from the EU15 and New Member States (NMS); but we also have some participation from experts from other countries. Where appropriate, results are disaggregated by region, so we can compare views of experts from different locations.
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