CFP From the European Commission: European Union Launches SME Initiative on Digital Content and Languages as Part of Seventh Framework Programme (SME-DCL)
The European Commission wishes to promote SMEs (small- and medium-sized enterprises) in their international activities. SMEs have ideas that sometimes cannot be implemented because they depend on the availability of data resources or specialized tools that are too expensive to obtain and maintain. In some areas, data pooling, sharing, and reuse are further complicated by Europe's many languages. Actions under SME-DCL aim to make it easier for innovative players, especially SMEs, to exploit and contribute to large digital resource pools. User-centered experimentation will also be supported, with the aim of demonstrating the integration of data-intensive technologies within innovative solutions and processes.
The Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Work Programme 2011-2012, under the Seventh Framework Programme (FP7), is divided into eight Challenges of strategic interest to European society. Challenge 4 and strategic objective 4.1 have been designed specifically for SMEs, with a focus on the need for multilingual digital content.
Challenge 4: Technologies for Digital Content and Languages
Digital content is the foundation of a knowledge based society. Not only is knowledge stored in digital content; it is also from digital content that knowledge is extracted and exploited by individuals and organizations across modalities and languages. This makes it crucial for information stored digitally to be readily and reliably accessible over time to European citizens and enterprises. In addition, in every step of its lifecycle digital content should be be adequately supported and enhanced, as businesses respond to changes in the technology landscape.
The EC recognizes that SMEs require special support, but would like to see evidence that the proposed idea has a definite potential and will result in something that is both useful and viable. Therefore, EC encourages experimentation with innovative technologies, solutions, and processes at the first-use stage that will yield the desired results.
The call should achieve the following objectives:
- Improved European competitive position in a multilingual digital market, achieved through the provision of better services to citizens and businesses.
- Novel forms of partnership between new program entrants and established players, reduced development costs, and shorter time-to-market, all of which stimulate innovation and help expand markets.
- Result-driven knowledge transfer among research centers (and their spin-offs), progressive technology providers (especially SMEs), data brokers/aggregators, and content providers.
Outline proposals (5 pages max.) should be submitted by 28 April 2011. The complete information package and submission rules can be found on
If you would like more information on the SME-DCL call, please contact [email protected].