Collaboration is critical to building the Knowledge Economy, and considerable work is being carried out not just in industry, but also in government and academic research circles to address the often difficult technical, social and legal challenges that cross-organizational collaboration demands in modern society and a post-industrial age. Usability, interoperability and secure identity management are no longer simply research challenges - they define what consumers expect in today's fast-moving collaborative world. One of the most difficult challenges of commercialization today is identifying aspects of solutions that are universal in appeal, while addressing local, national or regional differences that can make or break the successful launch of ICT-based or ICT-enabled products and services. This book brings together a comprehensive collection of over 200 contributions on commercial, government or societal exploitation of the Internet and ICT, representing cutting edge research, innovation and good practice from five continents.
The strong emphasis on cross border collaboration and adaptation of innovative research results around the world augurs well for the continued development of the European Research Area.show more