The Institute for Informatics and Telematics of the Italian National Research Council is hosting an information day of the "Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation" (CAPS) initiative, which will provide funding for research in the region of 15M Euros, within call 10 of the workprogramme 2013 of the EU ICT programme (Objective ICT-2013.5.5).
The Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation (CAPS) are ICT systems leveraging the emerging "network effect" by combining open online social media, distributed knowledge creation and data from real environments (Internet of Things), in order to create new forms of social innovation.
They are expected to support environmentally aware, grassroots processes and practices to share knowledge, to achieve changes in lifestyle, production and consumption patterns, and to set up more participatory democratic processes.
The distributed situational awareness enabled by such platforms can then have concrete impacts, for instance in empowering (and motivating) citizens to make informed decisions and consumer choices, in real time, fostering collective environmentally-savvy behavioural changes and a more direct democratic participation. These platforms would be collective tools of social innovation, to design new visions of sustainable societies and environmentally sound solutions.
The CAPS program seeks participation from all technical and humanistic disciplines which can potentially contribute to such techno-social developments: not limited to computer science or telecommunications, but actively involving social media, sociology, anthropology, economy, law, biology, art.
From 19/09/2012 to 19/09/2012, Area della Ricerca CNR, Aula 27
Partecipant units: Organizzato da IIT-Segreteria Scientifica
Note: Additional information can be found at http://ec.europa.eu/information_society/activities/collectiveawareness/index_en.htm