IT Funk has been The Norwegian Research Council's RTD-programme on ICT for people with disability.
Universal design and accessibility for all. The purpose of IT Funk has been to contribute to accessibility for all, including persons with disability, to information and communication technology (ICT) and to society through the use of ICT. ICT-based products and services developed for the general market must be accessible and useful for everyone at reasonable prices. IT Funk has paid special attention to areas where accessibility issues impact on a person's life chances, such as education, employment and basic services to citizens.
Project acronym: Join-In
Partners (11): Northern Research Institute, Norut (Norway), National centre for Integrated Care and Telemedicine, NST (Norway), Seniornett Norway, Helmholz Zentrum München German Research Center for Environmental Health (Germany), Diakonie München-Moosach (Germany), Institute of Technology, Carlow (Ireland), Bull Hungary, Pasife (Germany), Valentia Technologies (Ireland), Happywise OY (Finland), Bethesda Hospital of the Hungarian Reformed Church (Hungary).
Project coordinator - joint project: Helmholz Zentrum München, Germany
Project manager - Norway: Ellen Brox, Norut, Tromsø, Norway
Primary objective: The AAL project aims at providing methodology and technologies for elderly persons to participate in social activities such as games and exer-games and have fun via digital media. Games will enable the elderly to share experiences with other generations as well as friends. Security and data protection will also be important issues. The Internet can also be accessed via TV, an interface the entire target group is well acquainted with. Join-in will also offer set-top boxes that enable online communication with others; today this is not available on a commercial basis. Join-in will use design-based research. This is a systematic but flexible methodology aimed to improve practices through iterative analysis, design, development and implementation and evaluation based on collaboration among researchers and practitioners in real-world settings. The users will be involved in the project development at all stages.
Project summary - Norwegian participation: The Norwegian partners participate in 5 of 7 work packages, and are responsible for two of them. One of the main activities offered by Join-in will be multiplayer gaming and exer-gaming for elderly. Three key barriers to participation are identified for this user group: Access, Motivation and Skills and confidence. We will meet those barriers by:
Specific tasks for the Norwegian partners:
Project period: August 2010 - August 2013
National grant programme in Norway: IT Funk (ICT for disabled and elderly)
This document was first published 26.08.2010, and updated 01.10.2012.