April 2020

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Public Libraries 2030

Public Libraries 2030 is a non-profit organisation that grew out of the Public Libraries 2020 programme funded by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.

Building on the network of library leaders and European policy-makers which came together under PL2020, PL2030 works to give libraries across Europe an extra edge through the curation of innovative projects and effective advocacy. We achieve this by fostering dialogues between leading European libraries and enabling the roll-out of new initiatives and innovative community-based services to tackle the global issues faced by EU citizens. PL2030 also cultivates close relationships with Members of the European Parliament and European Commission professionals to champion the potential of libraries in the delivery of EU objectives.

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ALL DIGITAL

ALL DIGITAL AISBL is a pan-European association based in Brussels. It represents 60+ member organisations that work with 20,000 digital competence centres providing access and training to 1.5 million people in Europe every year. ALL DIGITAL aims to enable the 43% Europeans without basic digital skills to exploit the opportunities created by digital transformation.

ALL DIGITAL members are non-profit organisations (ICT community centres, public libraries, etc.) in the field of non-formal education providing access to Internet and ICT tools, as well as digital training, certification and opportunities for all with the focus on vulnerable and disadvantaged groups. We support our members by fostering knowledge sharing and collaboration and by representing their interest to the EU. Our activities include promoting methodologies & certifications; facilitating partnerships among members & stakeholders; organising events and awareness raising campaigns like ALL DIGITAL Week ; ALL DIGITAL Awards; projects and surveys. We contribute to EU policy in the fields of skills, employment, social and economic inclusion, social innovation, Digital Single Market, e.g. by policy papers and targeted communication.

Most of the activities we undertake are related to the creation and promotion of innovative solutions and good practices in the fields of digital skills and digital inclusion. To this end, we are directly engaged with a variety of stakeholders within the non-formal education and digital skills training fields: European associations and member organisations, civil society networks, ICT private companies and the European Institutions. Together with stakeholders on the European level, we succeed in understanding and rethinking digital inclusion and issues affecting it. Our main activities include:

  • Research and advocacy on digital literacy and digital inclusion geared towards governments and other stakeholders.
  • Development & promotion of learning tools and certifications in ICT and digital skills through participation in various projects
  • Organisation & promotion of our flagship European digital inclusion and empowerment campaign ALL DIGITAL Week
  • Support knowledge and experience exchange through our events, projects, and the UNITE-IT e-Inclusion network .
  • Organisation of our international annual conference ALL DIGITAL Summit.

ALL DIGITAL is leading dissemination activities of the Biblio project and is responsible for the website and social media curation.

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DAISSy Research Group – Hellenic Open University

Founded in 2001 by highly skilled and motivated researchers with various backgrounds, the vision of DAISSy (Dynamic Ambient Intelligent Sociotechnical Systems) Research Group is to contribute to the realization of an advanced human society by inventing technology that adapts and supports human needs and not the other way around! More specifically, the mission of the Group is to address societal needs by developing ameliorative technology and constantly pursuing innovation.

To achieve this, DAISSy relies on its components:

  • The research laboratory “Pervasive & Mobile Computing, Quality and Ambient Intelligence” at Hellenic Open University (HOU)
  • The Research Unit 3 of Computer Technology Institute & Press “Diophantus”
  • The postgraduate course “Pervasive and Mobile Computing Systems MSc” offered by HOU

DAISSy realizes society-centered educational and technological research, supports communities of practice, develops online learning platforms, MOOCs and 3D environments, creates digital content, enables the development of digital and citizenship skills, promotes inclusion and multiculturalism, always using established frameworks and standards (e-CF, DigComp, ECTS, ECVET, EQAVET etc.).

Since its establishment, DAISSy has participated in more than 60 national and European projects, in various frameworks (e.g. FP5, FP6, FP7, Lifelong Learning, Erasmus+, etc.), amassing a total funding of more than 2,5 MEuro. Today the Group employs more than 30 persons including University professors, PhD and MSc holders, researchers in computer science, artificial intelligence, natural and social sciences, experienced ICT engineers, programmers and administrative personnel.

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Culture Information Systems Centre

The Culture Information Systems Centre is a direct administration institution under the authority of the Ministry of Culture.

The Centre’s mission is to help memory institutions – archives, libraries and museums – preserve and make available cultural heritage for future generations through the latest information technology solutions. In order to implement this, the Centre develops information systems for libraries, archives, museums and other cultural and educational institutions, ensuring the availability of stored sources of information and cultural values to the public. The Centre also establishes cooperation with other national regulatory authorities, by introducing modern language technology and artificial intelligence solutions in the public administration to facilitate the effective communication of citizens with the public administration and the availability of information.

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Data Media Group

SIA DMG ( Data Media Group) was established in 1998 as research ,project management, consulting, and media company in ICT and digital skills field. It has participated in many significant projects, organized a variety of events in the Baltic States and become a well-known and highly recognized company in the ICT  and digital skills sector.

DMG is a member of LIKTA ( Latvian ICT association ), has cooperation partnerships with many municipal education centers in Latvia as well as in the Baltic Sea region , as well as universities and schools. DMG researchers are also involved as experts by education and digital skills committees under LIKTA, as well as the state Employment agency and University of Latvia.

Relevant areas of expertise and experience:

  1. Digital competences design and evaluation for different profiles
  2. Digital skills training curricula and assessment tool design
  3. Trust network / connections with learning or employment organization;
  4. Promotion of digital transformation and digital competences
  5. Experience in EU project management and implementation.

DMG is a training provider. The Data Media Group has extensive experience and expertise in management of international projects, analytical and quantitative market research and analysis as well as ICT and competences related research , promotion and facilitation of international partnerships, organizing conferences,

Training and exhibitions, as well as publishing, PR and marketing services. Data Media Group experts all hold University Degree in Economics or IT.

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Global Libraries Bulgaria Foundation

The Global Libraries – Bulgaria Foundation was founded in 2013 as a non-profit organization in public interest. Its board members are the Bulgarian Ministry of Culturethe Ministry of Transport, Information Technology and Communications, the “13 Centuries Bulgaria” National Endowment Fundthe National Association of Municipalities in Bulgariathe Bulgarian Library and Information Association and the National Chitalishte Union. The foundation is a successor to the “Bulgarian Libraries – Place for Access to Information and Communication for All” Program which was implemented in Bulgaria in 2009 – 2013 with funding by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, USA.

The Mission of the Global Libraries – Bulgaria Foundation is to contribute to the inclusion of Bulgarian citizens in the global digital community, to raise their quality of life and to promote civic participation. GLBF  works with network of 1008 public libraries in Bulgaria to provide free access to computers, Internet and information for all.
The Foundation works towards the following goals:

  • Creating conditions for free and equal access to information, Internet and electronic services for citizens;
  • Promoting information literacy, life-long learning, civic participation, social cohesion, local and community development;
  • Contributing to social integration of underprivileged groups, equal opportunities for education and healthcare for all citizens through improved access to information;
  • Contributing to the development of public libraries;
  • Promoting intercultural dialogue and international contacts.
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University of Library Studies and Information Technologies

The Center for Vocational Training of ULSIT (The University of Library Studies and Information Technologies) is licensed by the National Agency for Vocational Education and Training with license № 2015121282 from 24.02.2016 and conducts licensed courses in Sofia and in the country.

Each of the specialized courses opens an additional door to professional realization on the labour market. The learners have the real opportunity to immerse themselves in the atmosphere of the working environment throughout the training itself.

Мission of CVT  is to promote vocational training opportunities for unemployed people, recent high school graduates, people in need of guidance for vocational guidance, employees of organizations in need of a higher level of qualification, citizens seeking their own training and qualification.

CVT of ULSIT works towards the following goals:

  • To consult students or recently graduated high school, who have to make the choice in their career development, to make decisions for the choice of higher and / or vocational education, training and work.
  • To conduct information meetings with unemployed persons over 18 years to present opportunities for acquiring professional qualification meeting the demand of the labor market.
  • To consult people who want to choose a new direction of their career development, to make the right choice for a new job or professional endeavor meeting their requirements.

 

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European Grants International Academy

EGInA Srl is an italian private consultancy and training agency, operating in the field of EU projects and grants.
The company has been founded by a team of project managers with long-term experience in the preparationsubmission and implementation of project proposals, as well as in the coordination of international partnerships and the administrative and financial management of actions at local, national and EU level.

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Istituto Centrale per il Catalogo Unico delle Biblioteche Italiane

The Central Institute for the Union Catalogue of Italian Libraries and Bibliographic Information received its current name in 1975, following the constitution of the Ministry for Cultural Heritage and Activities.
The Institute cooperates with the Italian libraries, even those pertaining to different administrations (Towns, Provinces, Regions, Cultural Institutes). The main result of this collaboration was the establishment of the National Library Service. This national on-line network, to which the libraries of national and local institutions and universities are connected, constitutes a base for the national collective on-line catalogue, which is managed by the Institute.

ICCU has a deep expertise in digitisation standards and guidelines and coordinates on behalf of the Ministry major digital cultural heritage projects at national level such as Internet Culturale, the portal of the digital resources of the Italian libraries, and CulturaItalia, the national aggregator for Europeana. ICCU will contribute to investigating requirements, best practices and state of art in digital skills needed by library professionals, with a special focus on research and Open Science models.

ICCU is also involved in international projects. The institute coordinates inDICEs (Measuring the ImpaCt of DIgital CulturE) and takes part in other European projects such as Europeana Archaeology and ARIADNE Plus.