SDDP COST 298 Participation in the Broadband society

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SDDP Obstacles to practical broadband applications
SDDP Obstacles to practical broadband applications
Report Title A systemic evaluation of obstacles that prevent the development of practical applications
Project COST 298
Triggering Question Considering the availability of powerful broadband technologies and the development of relevant scenarios, what are the obstacles that prevent us from producing practical applications?
Location Larnaca, Cyprus
Dates 2006
Author(s) Yiannis Laouris
Editor(s) Yiannis Laouris
Marios Michaelides
Bartolomeo Sapio
Total Duration 2 days
Statistics Participants=21
Number of ideas=55
Number of Clusters=18
Ideas received Votes=23
Ideas on MAP R=19
Spreathink ST=40%
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Executive Summary

This report has been developed in the context of the COST 298 project. The goal of the project is to create a platform that can bring together the various stakeholders in the area of accessible and assistive ICT with a view to identifying Research & Development gaps and emerging trends and generating a research agenda roadmap.

The Triggering Question (TQ) was
What are the obstacles to the wider public benefiting from and participating in the broadband society?

In response to the TQ, the 21 participants came up with 55 mechanisms, which were categorized in 10 clusters. Following the voting process, 37 ideas received one or more votes and were structured to create the influence MAP shown below.

MAP for COST 219ter Obstacles
Influence tree on the obstacles that prevent the development of practical applications

According to the participants of this workshop, the characteristics appear to be the most influential were:

  • Mechanism #1, Big delay in decision making from the governmental side

The participants had time to discuss and reflect on the influence map and in general agreed that the arrows in the map made sense to them. In sum, the participants reported their satisfaction that their voices have been heard and documented and communicated their expectations for follow-up activities to address the diagnosis of their needs.

The workshop was facilitated by Elena Aristodemou (CNTI), Aleco Christakis and Georgina Siitta Achilleos (CNTI).

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