The 2008 European e-Inclusion Awards recognised excellence and good practice in using information, communication and digital technology to address social and digital exclusion in Europe. Below is a list of the 2008 winners for each category.
Digital Literacy – Langas | Ateiti – Lithuania
Window 2 Future was the outcome of public and private sectors joining forces to create a program that would promote the development of an information society for the future success of Lithuania. It started by providing public information access points and stimulating the growth of eservices nationwide, however it was the Computer Literacy Basics for a Lithuanian ECitizen initiative that delivered the greatest results. It has trained over 50,000 people in basic computer, Internet and e-services skills.
e-Accessibility – Synscenter Refsnæs – Denmark
The Danish Centre for Visual Impairment has pioneered RoboBraille – an email-based translation service that provides visually impaired users with access to documents electronically. The aim of the project was to create a simple, easy to use, centralised solution that converts electronic documents into synthetic speech or Braille on demand. The only skill a user needs in order to access the service is to be able to send and receive e-mails. The service is free of charge to all non-commercial users, making electronic documents widely accessible to people with visual or reading impairments.
Geographic Inclusion – Kyyjärven Mediamyllarit ry – Finland
Nopola News is a local online news portal where news items are mainly provided at a grassroots level by citizens of Kyyjärvi town and surrounding areas. Approximately 10% of the town’s population contributes to the online media articles; associations, societies, businesses and individuals in the town also provide the news content thus creating information chains that promote and strengthen communalism. By providing a user friendly content management system and training citizens in computer and Internet skills, local people are able to create and publish online content themselves with basic computer skills.
Inclusive Public Services – Sotiria Hospital e-Health Unit – Greece
The e-Health Unit at Sotiria Hospital has incorporated the use of ICT into clinical practice to develop home and community-based, health and social integrated care and chronic care management. Communications used by patients or carers at the e-Health Unit include TV, real time video and stationary or mobile, wearable devices, all which significantly improve the quality of life for elderly and disadvantaged patients.
Marginalised Young People – A-Clinic Foundation – Finland
A-Clinic Foundation has used its Shadow World project to reach out to 11-15 year old Finnish youths suffering from parental substance misuse. The organisation has created an interactive website to support a Manga-style comic book that provides vulnerable and isolated children knowledge about their options for seeking help. The young people are also invited to join a ‘closed’ virtual network group moderated by counsellors with the chance to use SMS messaging.
Ageing Well – London Borough of Newham – United Kingdom
The Newham Advanced Telecare (NeAT) and Whole System Demonstrator (WSD) programmes implement the use of telecare and telehealth technologies in elderly peoples’ homes. Telecare uses sensors which monitor a person’s activities, connecting through to a control centre if an alarm is triggered.Telehealth is delivered through a TV set top box; guiding users through vital sign measurement, enquires about their health, and provides education and training in self-care.
Cultural Diversity – Milton Keynes Council – United Kingdom
Milton Keynes Council is a UK local authority area with great cultural diversity and significant social and digital deprivation issues. The Connect MK / Digital MK projects were set up to help create a digitally and socially inclusive modern city. A wide range of initiatives include: introducing WiMAX wireless broadband to Milton Keynes, loaning PCs at low cost, providing telehealth devices, improving the accessibility of online public services and opening 15 Digital Service Centres in areas of high deprivation.