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The idea of Epooq is to create an experimental means for reliving past moments by recalling and telling stories. Epooq has three special features to reach the mark: INSPIRATION: The content of the service consists of 1) user stories; 2) historical events; and 3) thematic memory keys that refer to life phases of the user. The guiding idea is to inspire the user to recall past moments and reflect those experiences. STORYTELLING BY USING OWN VOICE: Epooq enables storytelling by using all avenues of multimedia. Users write texts, use images and record videos or audios, or mix these together. Video and audio are central functions. Stories gain a special quality when told by real voices, with personal intonation and slang. SHARING EXPERIENCES: While content is normally private to protect the privacy of the user, stories can be published or shared with communities important to the user. A key part of publishing is the opportunity to see one’s own story in its historical context. Epooq is still developing on the basis of user feedback, but comments of the first customers and users indicate, that it is hitting the right spot.
Inspired by the Green Movement in Latin America and involving regional actors committed to the environment, VERDEate.com enables individuals and organizations to adopt progressive environmentally friendly new habits in consumption routines through "Green Challenges". These challenges motivate action in a significantly different way by using current web and social media technologies. With Green Challenges users understand the relation between their habits and climate change, gain control over their own CO²emissions and are able to address the climate issue from the perspective of root causes. Here is an example of a Green Challenge that any user, whether individual or organization, can take: “Don´t eat meat in the following 2 weeks”. This action produces a reduction of 5.95 Kg of CO². You can get all of the Green Challenges in Spanish here: http://www.verdeate.com/verdeate/retos Through thoughtful content and the creative use of social networking, VERDEate.com creates awareness by promoting specific actions which radically change daily habits, so as to reduce CO²emissions.
EPI Life is the world's first mobile phone with integrated ECG (electrocardiogram) and health monitoring functions. It allows users to record their ECG simply by touching the sides of the phone with their fingers, eliminating the need for complicated electrodes or messy gels. EPI Life also allows the user to input key health parameters such as Blood Glucose, Blood Pressure and Cholesterol, and to transmit these data to their online Personal Health Folder, which can be accessed by the user via internet. ECGs are sent to EPI’s 24-hour Health Concierge from the device via GPRS, where qualified doctors and cardiac technicians compare the ECG against the user’s baseline ECG, and respond via SMS based on the results of the comparison. EPI Life, coupled with the 24-hour Health Concierge and online Personal Health Folder, offers remote health monitoring, allowing the end-user to have timely feedback on their heart condition anytime, anywhere. The ability to detect heart rhythm abnormalities at the point of symptom/discomfort mean that ‘warning signs’ that may result in a fatal cardiac event will never be left unnoticed. Timely feedback on the ECGs sent also means that users are able to make informed decisions on their next course of action, be it visiting the hospital emergency department or the nearest 24-hour clinic. The highly scalable technology allows medical coverage to be extended into remote areas which have little or no access to medical services, making it perfect for rural health programs. EPI Life has won countless national and international awards.
Discover Primary Science & Maths, together with its website www.primaryscience.ie, offers excellent and valuable resources for teachers and students in Irish primary schools. The programme helps large numbers of children to understand that science and maths are also about fun, discovery and adventure, and are fundamentally relevant to their everyday lives. Whole-school, hands-on training sessions via worksheets, games and experiments are provided for all teachers who wish to participate in the initiative. A range of resources are then supplied to participating classes. These include: - a pack of over 30 easy-to-follow science activities; - helpful hints for teachers; - explanations of the science behind each activity, and how the module relates to the SESE (social, environmental and scientific education) curriculum. Schools that take part and meet certain criteria are recognised with an Award of Science and Maths Excellence. Since the outset, the web has played a fundamental role in delivering the Discover Primary Science & Maths programme in both the Irish and English languages.
La Maja Desnuda is an ongoing website housing a multimedia archive for poetry, with biographies, images and especially, voices of poets narrating their work. The growing collection concentrates on Venezuela and Latin America, but includes numerous other international artists. La Maja Desnuda has a database with more than 900 poets recorded reading their poetry, among them contemporary poets as well known as Adonis (Lebanon), Fina Marruz Garcia (Cuba), Blanca Varela (Peru), Ledo Ivo (Brazil), Casimiro de Brito (Portugal), Nidaa Khoury (Lebanon), Ide Hintze (Austria) and Luisa Castro (Spain). The portal is complemented by a radio program on poetry, also called La Maja Desnuda, which has been on the air for more than 22 years and currently broadcasts in Venezuela. More than 1144 programs were produced during this time, presenting the most representative voices in world poetry, including: Walt Whitman, Tomas Tranströmer, Adonis, Pär Lagerkvist, Jorge Borges, César Vallejo, Miguel Hernandez, Sophia de Mello, T.S. Eliot and Pier Paolo Pasolini.
Mexico en Comunidad is a project developed by the ITCC in partnership with the Social Development Secretariat. Using information technologies, the project aims to support the poorest villages and towns in Mexico by focusing on two main areas: the Community Creation System and the Support Programs Platform. The Community Creation System provides an easy to use, non-specialized tool to create a web page for each community. Local users can provide information on the web page about specific topics: products, services, touristic attractions, festivities, as well as, information about customs & traditions, stories, myths or traditional recipes.
More than 300 communities have been highlighted and made visible to others using this system. The Support Programs Platform is intended to promote specific government and ngo programs, making their guidelines more understandable and accessible for non-IT liberated users. The programs focus on health, education, environment, economic development, housing and infrastructure. More than 15 different federal government agencies provide up-to-date content. Mexico en Comunidad is one the best examples of how to overcome the digital divide.
My cpf – CPF Service Transformation has revolutionised public service delivery in Singapore. Close engagement with citizens and the innovative use of Infocomm Technology (IT) has resulted in a suite of retirement planning e-services customised to suit citizens’ individual life events. Most importantly, the e-services are accessible to all citizens regardless of their IT savvy. The “different strokes for different folks” approach accommodates the retirement planning and IT ability of diverse citizens. To educate and empower an aging, but increasingly sophisticated, population to plan early for a secure retirement, interactive retirement planning tools and content are presented from the user perspective. My cpf – CPF Service Transformation also caters to citizens at opposite ends of the IT skills spectrum. IT advanced citizens can use new mobile and media channels. The less IT savvy citizen is also assured of being able to “bridge the digital divide” thanks to the creative use of biometric, wireless and conventional e-services, often combined with a human touch.
PORDATA is a free public service provided and promoted by the Francisco Manuel dos Santos Foundation and responds to the growing need for credible statistical information. The database includes thousands of official statistics from more than 50 bodies. PORDATA started with a database for Portugal and more recently augmented its contents with another for Europe (including the USA and Japan, whenever possible). Data are displayed in an innovative and easy way, covering many subjects of public interest (such as Population, Education, Health, Economy, Environment and Science & Technology), within a time frame of up to five decades. In a just few clicks, the information is displayed in both static and dynamic tables or graphs. Indicators from different subjects can be added and cross-referenced in the same table and a variety of statistical operations can also be applied. Complete and detailed metadata is also available. PORDATA keeps up with technology like iphone, facebook and twitter, making facts easily available as you need them in different situations.
Renderfarm.fi– Making movies with a screensaver is the most accessible rendering platform available on the Internet. It is – and intends to remain - a completely free service that enables its users to render their animations or stills while engaging the computing power of volunteers from around the world. By using Renderfarm.fi, 3D artists and animators benefit from being able to use higher image quality and higher resolutions when rendering. Equally importantly, users participate in the rendering of stills and animations, regardless of whether or not they themselves are able to or even interested in learning about 3D modelling and animation. The stills and animations created can then later become parts of a movie that users help to create. Renderfarm.fi encourages everybody to take part in both the online community and collaborative rendering, and advocates the use of open licensing (especially Creative Commons), open values and sharing of resources over geographic borders.
Vaeggen (The Wall) is a massive but mobile interactive video installation on the streets of Copenhagen that allows citizens and visitors to explore in depth the cultural past, present, and future of the city together with its diverse ethnic and cultural communities. Open and inclusive in its philosophy and operating mode, Vaeggen also provides a vehicle for citizens to contribute their own material to the experience via its innovative street level and web user interfaces. Multi-touch and multi-user, the interface uses a strong graphical idiom understandable by all community groups and encourages them to not only explore the 14,000 cultural assets accumulated to date, but to also create new original contents that enrich, comment on or incorporate the heritage collection. The giant on-screen touch keyboards make it possible to email these assets around the world and insert them into their own social media networks. Based initially on the rich heritage collections of the Museum of Copenhagen, Vaeggen is also a public multimedia repository for new discoveries emerging from the large-scale archaeological excavations being undertaken in the old city centre for the next 7 years. In the first half year of operation, Vaeggen has attracted more than 400,000 users, who viewed more than 2 million cultural media assets, sent more than 60,000 digital postcards, and uploaded 2,500 new contributions of their own. The idea is already being taken up by other cities in Scandinavia and attracting interest around the globe.