November 1998 Memorandum of Understanding: 
Multimedia Access to Education and Training in Europe


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Multimedia Access to
Education and Training in Europe

Memorandum of Understanding

(November 1998 MoU)


 

 

A Partnership for a Common Approach
to the Production and Delivery of 
Learning Technologies, Content and Services

 

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European Commission                                                                         DG XIII C-3


  1. PROMETEUS
  2. Launch Conference 25-26 March 1999
  3. MoU Special Interest Groups: Discussion Forum
  4. MoU Steering Committee: The Electronic Election and SC Decisions
  5. MoU: MULTIMEDIA ACCESS TO EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN EUROPE
  6. The List of Initial Signatories and Signatories of the MoU
  7. How to become an MoU Signatory
  8. MoU Decision Making Procedures
  9. Presentations on the MoU and on learning technologies standardisation
  10. MoU Summary 22/01/1999
  11. Complementary standardisation mandate
  12. Related activities in the field of the MoU
  13. Education and training research activities in the 5th Framework Programme

PROMETEUS

The MoU Steering Committee - the PROMETEUS Steering Committee - has decided to name this initiative PROMETEUS - for PROmoting Multimedia access to Education and Training in EUropean Society. Here you can find the new PROMETEUS.ORG website.

       
Launch Conference Registration

The launch event took place in Brussels on 25 - 26 March 1999:

25 March 1999 - Joint launch conference of the MoU co-operation framework and the CEN/ISSS Workshop on learning technology standards. 

The launch partner CEN/ISSS (the Information Society Standardization System of the European Committee for Standardization) was responsible for the launch venue and main registration.  Here you can see the programme.

26 March 1999 - MoU Special Interest Group meetings at the launch conference. 

The initial MoU Special Interest Group (SIG) structure has now been finalized by the first MoU Steering Committee. - Only a general SIG pre-registration, not specific to a SIG, was possible earlier as part of the main launch registration. 

You can now register for electronic participation in one or more SIGs. 

You can enter the SIG registration here for electronic SIG participation.

             
MoU Discussion Forum on Special Interest Groups

This forum has been available to consider, consolidate and elaborate the Special Interest Group (SIG) proposals which have been submitted by MoU Signatories. 

This MoU SIG Forum continues to be open for discussion preparing all the SIG launch meetings and initial work programmes for the newly-established SIGs.

The first Special Interest Group meetings took place on 26 March 1999 during the MoU launch events in Brussels. You can register here for electronic SIG participation

The SIG Chairs and Vice Chairs were elected by the MoU Signatory representatives present at the SIG launch meetings on 26 March.

If you represent an MoU Signatory - or a potential MoU Signatory - feel free to take part in this forum. To participate, please register for the MoU SIG Discussion Forum.

If you have already registered for the forum, enter directly to the MoU SIG Discussion Forum. If you want help in using the forum, enter its Help page or write an email message to the forum administrator:andrew.m.colleran@quercus.co.uk .

 

              
MoU Steering Committee: The Electronic Election and SC Decisions

The Initial Signatories of the MoU: Multimedia Access to Education and Training in Europe have voted electronically on 2-11 February 1999. Out of a total of 376 who were eligible to vote and received a voting document, 201 Initial Signatories have cast their votes, each for a maximum of 20 candidates, on the basis of one vote each, as described in the MoU MoU Decision Making Procedures.

The MoU Initial Signatories have elected 21 members to the first MoU Steering Committee for the period 1999-2000.

Enter here to read the full results of the first MoU Steering Committee election.

There have been 177 originally nominated candidates and, after contemplation, these were the 114 final confirmed candidates who reached for the Steering Committee posts to be filled in the electronic election: MoU Steering Committee candidates. Linked to the candidate name, you will find her/his candidate statement. Each candidate has been given the opportunity to provide, for the voters to consider, a statement, describing her/his background in the MoU domain - and the goals and actions which she/he would especially wish to promote in the MoU cooperation. 

These have been the Steering Committee observer member appointments.


The MoU Steering Committee has held its first meeting on 25 February 1999:

Dr Eddy Forte, Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL), has been elected Chair of the MoU Steering Committee.

Dr Miles Ellis, University of Oxford, has been elected Vice Chair.

These are the minutes of the first Steering Committee meeting.

       
November 1998 MoU:   MULTIMEDIA ACCESS TO EDUCATION AND TRAINING IN EUROPE  -  A Partnership for a Common Approach to the Production and Delivery of Learning Technologies, Content and Services

Here you can read the MoU document of November 1998. This Memorandum of Understanding is ready for signing. All public and private organisations who share its aims and objectives and are willing to contribute to this work in Europe are invited to sign this MoU. Contribution to the MoU work can be in the form of direct participation in the MoU co-operation or in the form of creating awareness of the issues raised by the MoU and disseminating the MoU results.

Are you active in an area related to this MoU? Are you working for an organisation / company which could be interested in joining the open MoU co-operation framework by signing the MoU? If so, feel free to spread the word and to get your organisation / company to decide whether to sign.

read the document: 
Deutsch  /  English  /  Español  /  Français   /  Italiano

download the document: 
Deutsch  /  English  /  Español  /  Français   /  Italiano

          
The List of Initial Signatories of the MoU

This list consists of organisations / companies who have signed the November 1998 Memorandum of Understanding as Initial Signatories.

read the List of Initial Signatories of the MoU

 

The List of Signatories of the MoU

This list consists of organisations / companies who have signed the November 1998 Memorandum of Understanding as Signatories.

read the List of Signatories of the MoU

        
How to become an MoU Signatory

Having familiarized yourself with the November 1998 MoU document, if you decide to become an MoU Signatory, the easiest way to do this is to follow the two steps below:

 

1. Send your downloaded and signed MoU Signature Page to the MoU Secretariat by fax or post. (You can also print the web page itself, if you wish.)

read the MoU Signature Page: 
Deutsch  /  English  /  Español  /  Français   /  Italiano

download the MoU Signature Page: 
Deutsch  /  English  /  Español  /  Français   /  Italiano

 

2. Send your downloaded and completed MoU Registration Form as an attachment by email toMoU.Secretariat@ecotec.com . The reception of your email will be acknowledged automatically.

read the MoU Registration Form : 
Deutsch  /  English  /  Español  /  Français   /  Italiano

download the MoU Registration Form : 
Deutsch  /  English  /  Español  /  Français   /  Italiano

If you wish to return also the MoU Registration Form by fax or post, you are free to do so.

                 
MoU Decision Making Procedures

By providing MoU decision making procedures, including the voting procedure for the electronic election of the first MoU Steering Committee, this document supplements the November 1998 MoU.

read the MoU Decision Making Procedures

download the MoU Decision Making Procedures

 

An extension of the Initial Signatory period

The Initial Signatory period was extended until 25 January 1999. Any organisation / company, still willing to sign and register at the time, was free to use this extended period. By returning the signed documents now after the Initial Signatory period you can still join the MoU co-operation framework and become an MoU Signatory.

For a more detailed account on what the MoU Secretariat established in relation to the extension of the Initial Signatory period, you are invited to read the extension document below.

read the Extension Document

download the Extension Document

            
Presentations on the Memorandum of Understanding and on learning technologies standardisation

If you only need a short MoU presentation, for example to include the MoU as a part of a longer presentation, feel free to use the "MoU 3-slide presentation".

view the short presentation

download the short presentation

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Here you can find a little longer presentations from November 1998 on : the Memorandum of Understanding, by Olavi Luotonen, and learning technologies standardization, by Guy Weets, both from the European Commission, DG XIII. Feel free, if you wish, to use these slides to spread the word about the MoU co-operation framework and the learning technologies standardization process.

view the presentations

download the presentations

              
MoU Summary 22/01/1999

This one-page 'executive summary' of the MoU and its status gives you a short MoU overview as of 22 January 1999.

read the MoU Summary: 
Deutsch  /  English  /  Español  /  Français   /  Italiano

download the MoU Summary: 
Deutsch  /  English  /  Español  /  Français   /  Italiano

If you want a calendar view of the next MoU milestones, up to the MoU launch events on 25-26 March 1999 in Brussels, take a look at the MoU launch calendar.

read the MoU Launch Calendar

                   
Complementary standardisation mandate

Complementary to this MoU, the European standardization bodies CENCENELEC and ETSI have been given a mandate to identify and define standards in the domain of "Learning and Training Technologies & Educational Multimedia Software". For more information on the mandate: Ms Anne Lehouck, European Commission, DG III/B3, tel: +32 2 2968976, 
email: anne.lehouck@cec.be.

read the Standardisation mandate

download the Standardisation mandate

             
Related activities in the field of the MoU

MEDICI action line "Cultural Heritage, Multi-media and Education" meeting in Strasbourg, 23-24 February 1999.

 

         
Education and training research activities in the 5th Framework Programme

Here you can find information on the education and training sector activities within European Commission supported research, technological development and demonstration. This includes the 3 education and training action lines for 1999 in the Information Society Technologies (IST) programme, for which the likely date for the first call for proposals is now 16 March 1999.

 

All documents are available in Word 6. Slide presentations are in PowerPoint 4.

Download table for all documents

 


 

The MoU Secretariat Address

European Commission, DG XIII 
Telematics Applications for Education, Training and Research Networks
MoU secretariat (BU29 6/84)
Rue de la Loi 200 
B-1049 Brussels

Tel: + 32 2 296 8179
Fax: + 32 2 296 2392
Email : MoU.Secretariat@ecotec.com
MoU website: http://www.echo.lu/telematics/education/en/news/mou.html

 

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