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Successful final reviews of 4 of our EU-funded FP7 projects

January 11, 2016

Four final reviews of FP7 projects led by Sigma Orionis (CAPS2020 or CATALYST) or in which Sigma Orionis is involved (ECIAO and FI-CONTENT2) recently and successfully took place. Sigma Orionis is very proud of these achievements.

CAPS2020, a flagship EC initiative on Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation!

Collective Awareness Platforms for Sustainability and Social Innovation (CAPS) are ICT systems leveraging the emerging “network effect” by combining open online social media, distributed knowledge creation and data from real environments (Internet of Things) in order to create awareness of problems and possible solutions requesting collective efforts, enabling new forms of social innovation. Over the period 2013-2015 the EC supported a number of CAPS-related research projects, coordination actions and studies. CAPS2020 core mission was to organise the first two annual editions of the CAPS conference, a key gathering for any stakeholders active in the field. This objective came along with disseminating CAPS results and facilitating synergies between projects.

The project, driven by Sigma Orionis, was reviewed in Nov. 2015 and assessed as ‘excellent’ by the review panel team: “The CAP2020 project has not only contributed to the widespread of the CAPS initiatives and results but also supported the work carried out by other stakeholders (not part of the CAPS community) or from other EC Units. From this point of view the CAP2020 project should be considered a flagship experience, as an initiative which has not only successfully disseminated the results coming from EU-funded projects in this area, but also largely contributed to knowledge sharing, effective transfer of the know-how, and to the wider awareness of EC initiatives and policies, in the overall ICT domain. The inspiring principles (participation, interaction, openness), the processes used (e.g.: reviewing previous experiences to better perform the new ones, using creative processes to optimise results minimising cost/effort), and the type of activities performed (e.g.: interactive conferences, sprint book, etc.) have a high potential and could be transferred to other frameworks in which a coordination action is needed”.

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CATALYST, online debates will never be the same!

The CATALYST project (2013-2015) focused on developing open source tools facilitating online debates and interaction, starting from the assumption that online communities have been playing an increasingly important role in driving grassroots initiatives in the area of social innovation and sustainability. As such platforms develop, it is more and more difficult for community managers to ensure efficient debates among participants and to ensure progress towards collective ideation, decision and action.

The CATALYST project was coordinated by Sigma Orionis and implemented together with key technology and community partners: Imagination for People, Purpose, Wikitalia, the Open University, the University of Zurich in partnership with the MIT, and the Collaborative Centre for Sustainable Consumption and Production. The project final review took place in Dec. 2015 and the final review report is still under elaboration by the review panel team. What was immediately clear at the meeting is that reviewers were impressed by the agile methodology followed by partners to develop the tools, which implied a continue dialogue with communities and led to effective tools, progresses in Collective Intelligence research and impactful debates. The value of the developed tools is demonstrated by the number of new stakeholders who are going to use them in the future, including the World Economic Forum and the City of Paris. Connect on the CATALYST website to discover the open source tools and use them!

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ECIAO, for a strengthened EU-China collaboration in Future Internet Research and Experimentation (FIRE)

Independent experts from the EC evaluated the results of the EU-China FIRE (ECIAO) FP7 project on the occasion of the final Review Meeting that took place in Brussels on in Sept. 2015 and concluded that the project was a “complete success”.

Despite the ambitious nature of the project designed to strengthen EU-China collaboration in the field of FIRE while supporting IPv6 deployment, the three experts highlighted the “good quality of work” conducted by the consortium from August 2013 to July 2015, and praised the whole team for the “high level of partners’ engagement”.

Sigma Orionis, both responsible for developing the ECIAO cooperation platform for European and Chinese researchers to exchange experiences on FIRE and for leading the project dissemination activities, was congratulated. According to the reviewers: “Project activities have been disseminated well and the attention paid to promoting the outputs of the project is much appreciated”.

The EU-China FIRE initiative generated significant achievements and the reviewers acknowledged that “documentation and public outputs are to a high quality”. According to the assessment panel appointed by the EC, “these achievements clearly demonstrate that the EU-China FIRE project has been carried out by a very good consortium with well performing partners”. Overall, it was agreed that the project delivered social, political, scientific and technical impact way above and beyond expectations. To learn more on the EU-China FIRE project’s achievements, visit

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FI-Content 2, driving innovation at the crossroads of content, media, networks, and creativity

The FI-CONTENT 2 FP7 project, part of the Future Internet Public-Private Partnership (FI-PPP), ended in October 2015 after a 31-month collaboration between 28 partners (including - to name a few - Sigma Orionis, Technicolor, Walt Disney, Orange, and BBC).

Over this period, the consortium has produced a series of FIWARE enablers to foster European innovative web SMEs in the areas of Social Connected TV, Smart City Services and Pervasive Games. “All the developments have been nice and good” said the reviewers in Brussels yesterday, emphasizing the “very good” dissemination of the project as well as the quality and number of experimentations across Europe.

Some of the project developments have already found their way to the market through products and service offers, or has led to the emergence of standards (for instance in HbbTV). Besides the 36 scientific publications and 11 patents generated through the project, several results are also open source and already serve the European developers community.

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