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TCL project update, by Belinda Tanner and Alice Gorissen, 21 March 1998
Original project proposal, by Lorenzo Coslovi, Pietro Papoff, Belinda Tanner 5 June 1997
Project update, 21 March 1998
A SOCIAL ENTERPRISE THROUGH THE INTERNET
HP Internet Philanthropic Initiative
Date: March 98
National project manager
Technology Centre Limburg (TCL)
NL-6400 AL HEERLEN
TEL.: + 31 45 5740832 FAX: +31 45 5711229
This web site is sponsored by HEWLETT PACKARD
International project manager
NL-6221 BL MAASTRICHT
TEL.: + 43 32566744 FAX: + 43 3256313
Duration of the project
The project is divided into three phases:
Phase 1: 1-9-1997 until 1-9-1998
Phase 2: 1-9-1998 until 1-9-1999
Phase 3: 1-9-1999 until 1-9-2000
Each phase is evaluated and after each evaluation a consideration is given to the continuation of the project to the next phase. An important aspect is the opportunity of co-funding.
The Dutch Project Partners
Technology Centre Limburg (TCL)
Technology Centre Limburg plays a role in the integration and application of advanced technology. As a partner of government, industry and higher education, TCL gathers expertise and avails of the necessary instruments to implement important new developments in education and industry. This creates new opportunities for the Limburg economy. Transfer of knowledge is an important aspect of this process, employers need qualified personnel and educational institutions strive to develop suitable training material.
This is exactly where TCL finds its role. By consulting in the formulation of educational issues, the development of training plans and teaching materials and setting up advanced training centres, TCL realises a continuous transfer of technology.
TCL working Methods
Our organisational structure is set up to offer easy accessibility to our partners on the one hand and on the other hand it guarantees the flexibility needed by our staff to follow up on new technologies, carry out research and translate these into projects. TCL analyses a situation and then, in close cooperation with the customer formulates how the integration of new technology should be developed. This process, in addition to the actual implementation of the technology and the training needed to use it, are carried out on project basis. TCL takes care of project management and assures the availability of the necessary expertise and quality.
Projects concentrate on four different aspects: process technology, educational technology, production technology (automated manufacturing) and laser technology.
To provide the need for practical training and research facilities TCL has developed advanced training and simulation centres for each of those areas, with the financial support of the Province of Limburg, the Ministry of Economic Affairs, the Ministry of Education, Culture and Sciences and the European Union.
You can find more information on our website: http://www.pitt-nl.org
FASTT (Flexible Arbeid door telewerken en teleleren which in English translates to Flexible labour by teleworking and telelearning) was founded in May 1993 with the following two original major objectives:
To support these activities an international exchange and development programme for trainees and tutors was set up, which resulted among others in the creation of a powerful business simulation concept: the REALISE-project.
The new approach was first only used for the benefit of people with a physical disability, stimulating their reintegration into society by means of strongly individualized training programmes and by making use of highly advanced telework-settings, whenever mobility impairments appeared to be restrictive. The surplus of knowledge and skills in the field of informatics and telematics turned their status of disadvantaged or deprived into that of priviliged in this particular field. By now all categories of disadvantaged unemployed people belong to FASTTs' target groups, but also working people lacking sufficient telematics skills enter the training programmes. There are ideas about new training centres in the northern and middle parts of the Netherlands.
The technological research (in the Edulab) and development focuses more and more on user oriented applications of information and communication technology, including highly advanced concepts as digital enterprising and co-operative work in a virtual office. The Information Society (dis)Ability Challenge (the ISdACproject, an initiative led by FASTT) won the European Telework Award 1997.
Educational development concentrates on Intelligent (automatic) Tutoring Systems for open distance learning and the production of specific job-oriented interactive multimedia courseware (for instance: e-mail applications for the secretary).
In R&D and related issues FASTT co-operates with a considerable number of other organizations in the Netherlands and in European countries.
In 1996 the Technology Centre Limburg requested Fastt to set up a distance learning training classroom with the purpose to train disadvantaged target groups. I
TCL has since consulted Fastt foundation to participate in the HP project activities.
Europrof (European Professional Training)
More information from the second Dutch partner can be found on the Europrof Home Page: http://project.elis.org/Europrof
October November 97
The conclusions of the survey were as follows;
On a short-term basis the project could be more successful if starting with disabled people working in the area of:
TCL decided to install 2
PCs directly to the disabled people, but also to create the
possibility to work in a service centre.
The service centre is also located in the Fastt Centre. Consequently 2 PCs and a server are installed in the Telelab.
The other 2 PCs are available for training in the Technology Centre.
In the service centre one of the computers is reserved for the trainer, to allow him the opportunity to train people who are staying at home and to coach the Tele Workers, working at home.
January February 98
Training 4 people to prepare for working at a distance via the Internet
Trainers from the Fastt foundation take care of the training.
Installation of the Tele work facilities (HW and SW) in the Tele Lab and at the participants at home.
Start up work activities by the trained participants.
The activities to be conducted by the participants (partly at home and partly in the Telelab) are as follows:
The companies pay the teleworkers.
One of the candidates is unable to receive the training in the training centre and consequently will be trained from home.
April July 98
Heerlen, 1998 March 17
Original project proposal
"HP Internet Philanthropic Initiative - Theme #2 - The Internets Impact on Society"
A Social Enterprise through the Internet: enhance occupational opportunities of physically disabled people through the setting up, via the Internet, of a Virtual Community at European Level
Participants in the project
The project is made up of two subnetworks of partners, one in Italy and one in Holland. Each subnetwork comprises 3 groups of competencies: training, research and company links
Principal Investigator in The Netherlands
Technologie Centrum Limburg
NL - 6400
Mrs. Belinda Tanner
tel +31 45 5740832; fax 5711229
Principal Investigator in Italy
Via Sandri, 45 00159 Roma +39-6-439.4661 fax .4681
CNR - National Research Centre
Rolando Bianchi Bandinelli
Via S. Maria, 46 56100 Pisa tel. 050-593223 fax 050 904052
+39 55 4223861 Fax 4223783
AMiG-CEAD association of disabled people
Via Buonvicini, 40
AMIG tel. +39 55 400763, CEAD tel./fax +39 55 5004436
Sodalitas - enterprise association
via S. Marco, 18
+39 2 58370293
Home page address/URL of the project
This proposal is asking support from HP to speed up the activities planned by Elis on Telework through the Internet, addressing the needs of physically disabled people.
With this document we are asking support from HP for the first year (out of three) only but we expect to be invited to make another proposal to HP Europe next year.
The deliverables of the first year of this specific component sponsored by HP, will be the set up, management and evaluation of a pilot virtual community of disabled people (5-10 in Italy and 1-5 in Holland) willing to re-enter the labour market thanks to Internet facilities.
The philanthropic intent of the overall program, that HP will contribute to, is to support new job opportunities induced by new multimedia and Internet technologies.
In the long term (3 years) we expect the virtual community to become an enterprise (a social company) made up of 30 people (some disabled some not) spread over 6 European countries who are able to earn a living through the Internet.
Milestones (chronological breakdown structure of the project)
Physically disabled people can widely take advantage of Internet technologies to lower the barriers of the labour market they have to face. In the second year each Country will activate two other countries (Italy will activate both Great Britain - Jewel & Esk Valley College in Edinburgh, and Denmark - Technical College Slagesle, near Copenaghen) and so 6 national networks will be operating in Europe: in Italy (managed by Elis), in Holland (Technologie Centrum Limburg). Along with this activity we will handle the start up of the social company helped by a group of mentors.
In the third year we expect to repeat this schema activating two other countries each summing up to 18 national subnetworks
The Technologie Centrum Limburg is an organisation involved in the development of educational materials and curricula, particularly for industry but also for institutes of further and higher education.
The Technologie Centrum Limburg is currently managing a 2 year project (April 1996-April 1998) funded by DGXIII,TEN-ISDN entitled TaRgET (Trans-Regional Education and Training using Euro-ISDN). The objective of this project is to research, implement and operate a distance learning platform using Euro-ISDN. During the project, partners in 8 European countries are delivering in-company pilot training to SMEs in their region. Both ISDN-based and non-ISDN based technologies are being used, for example point-to-point and multi-point videoconferencing, internet, email and computer conferencing. The training activities being performed include tele-tutoring (both group and individual) and distributed joint design of multimedia courseware. The activities of this project will provide invaluable experience and expertise which are directly applicable to different learning scenarios (such as the home-based learner) and the needs of the physically disabled.
The Technologie Centrum Limburg is currently the national co-ordinators and transnational managers for two ADAPT projects funded by DGV. Both of these projects aim to equip disadvantaged SME employees (who are either poorly educated or elder personnel threatened with redundancy) to cope with technological changes in the process industry. Future ADAPT and Leonardo da Vinci projects to be co-ordinated by the Technologie Centrum will create internet sites to provide access to information about courses and databases, to deliver training material and to manage and administer the training programmes.
The Technologie Centrum Limburg has extensive links with a training foundation in the region entitled FASTT. This centre has special facilities which enable especially young disabled people both to learn and work via Telelearning and Teleworking. Once the disabled people are trained in how to telework, the centre provides real-life teleworking opportunities. In co-operation with the Technology Centre Limburg, the FASTT centre also conducts research activities investigating Telelearning/Teleworking and disabled people.
The Technologie Centrum is also a partner in an INTERREG project entitled SCIL (Support Centre for Interactive Learning). This project aims to promote and advise companies to use interactive multimedia self-study packages for vocational training. The developed training packages are supported by CD-i, CD-ROM, PC, ISDN and internet.
One of the main aims of the Centre for Educational Technology at the Technologie Centrum is to raise awareness of the possibilities provided by Information and Communication Technologies to regional schools and companies.
Publications of the Technologie Centrum include the following: "Investigation into Distance Learning in the Province of Limburg" - Intercai Nederland BV, March 1995 and "Training Infrastructure Within the Framework of the Regional Technological Plan", February 1996.
Activities (functional breakdown structure of the project)
A detailed analysis of the equipment needs will be done as soon we get a go ahead from HP. In every country we need 1-2 NT server and about 5-10 home multimedia PC (with a small printer) for the disabled. Other 5-10 multimedia PC would be given to 5-10 mentors of the training centres. The strength of ELIS is the availability of manpower to manage most of the project activity, with the help of volunteer technical students.
HEWLETT-PACKARD Prices in IL for ITALY - Effective date: 01/05/97
We expect to be supported by HP Europe by a subset of the following hardware ranging from 75% and 100%
|d4944a||NetServer LD Pro 6/180 m1||
|d3583c||4.2GB Hot Swap Ultra SCSI Hard Disk Drive||
|c1526gABB||HP SureStore 5000i 4 GB DAT internal tape drive||
|d2815aABB||Monitor 14" Super VGA (800x600), dot pitch 0.28 mm||
|d4295a||32Mb EDO DIMM Memory||
|d5084a???||Vectra 520MCX 5/166 m1600, 16Mb||
|d2825aABB||Video 15" a colori (1024x768 60Hz) dot pitch 0.28 mm.||
|c4531a???||HP DeskJet 820Cxi||
Publication of the results
We have the ambition to set an example in how handicap, education and the Internet contribute together to the progress of our society. We also believe in appropriateness that, whenever possible, governments must subsidy education to address social problem, as every investment toward building culture is worth 10 times any other optimal form of social support.
We are conscious that our opinion is shared (but not widely yet) so part of our program will be the diffusion of either the results and the concept inspiring us. Besides publishing the outcomes on our web server, we plan to publish our work and to attend at least one important annual Italian conference and one European one.