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: MobileSage
Partners (9): Norwegian Computing Center (NO), Seniornett (NO), Ruter (NO), TeamNet (RO), University of Ulster (UK), Ingeneria & Soluciones Informaticas (ES), Telefonica Investigación y Desarrollo (ES), Fundación OVSI (ES), Ana Aslan International Foundation (RO).
Project coordinator (joint project): : Ivar Solheim, Norwegian Computing Center, Norway .
Project manager Norway: Ivar Solheim, Norwegian Computing Center
Primary objective: Provide elderly people with context-sensitive, personalized and location-sensitive tools which allow them to carry out and solve everyday tasks and problems in the “self-serve society” - when and where they occur, and “just-in-time”.
Project summary: Older people live longer after retirement, are healthier and more active, mobile, independent and more demanding customers than ever before. They want their ICT- services to be useful, user-friendly and personalized, adding value to an active life and helping them to stay active and mobile regardless of impairments. The MobilSage project aims to.develop two innovative services advancing older people's independence and mobility in daily life, in particular in transportation and travel.
The MobileSage system provides two services. First, a personal agent on the smart-phone, providing “help-on-demand”. This service offers relevant, accessible and usable content on request, in the form of multimodal and personalized instruction and guidance. The type and media mode is adapted to the user's profile and preferences. A second service enables and promotes the user's own generation of help in finding accessible and usable content. This will make the MobileSage system relevant and useful even for secondary and tertiary end-users.
Norwegian participation: Norwegian Computing Center (NR) is project manager and coordinator and participates in all five work packages (WP):
Seniornett Norway participates as a user organization and is participant in WP 2, WP 4 and WP 5.
Ruter AS, Norway has expertise on interface design for ticket machines and participates in WP 2, WP 4 and WP 5.
Project period: July 2011 - January 2014
Further information/website: http://www.mobilesage.eu/
National grant programme in Norway: IT Funk (ICT for disabled and elderly)
This document was first published 03.07.2011, and updated 01.10.2012.