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USer EMpowerment in Standardisation

Principal researcher

Name: Jan Engelen

Contact details: Afdeling ESAT - SCD: SISTA/COSIC/DOCARCH, Kasteelpark Arenberg 10 - bus 2442, 3001 Heverlee, Belgium
Tel: +32 16 321123; Fax: +32 16 321986
Email: Jan.Engelen@esat.kuleuven.be

Website: www.usem-net.eu

Project details

Start date: 01/04/2008
End date: 30/09/2009

Description: The USEM project aims to facilitate, enhance and increase qualification and participation of disabled or elderly users and their respective organisations in the European standardisation process of ICT, by using the Fortune concept. User information networking will improve European exchange of experiences, thus disseminating information and encouraging the uptake of new ICT standardisation. Through the process of standardisation, the quality and usability of products can be guaranteed. To come to a user friendly product, users should be participating more in the standardisation process. Since products are not automatically user friendly for users with disabilities, their needs should be represented when making standards. To have such a user-centred approach, these users will have to participate in the standardisation process equally. Therefore USEM stands for the empowerment of disabled and elderly users to participate equally in the processes of standardisation. USEM will support a number of important objectives: to design a core curriculum for the training of end-users; to qualify more users with disabilities and elderly, which can represent formal and established user organisations, for the participation in European standardisation; to qualify more users with disabilities for the participation in the design and assessment of European standardisation; to improve the exchange of experiences by user information networking between different user groups on a European level; to increase the level of interaction with user societies between the EU countries and the European Disability Forum; to disseminate information and encourage the uptake of new standards; to actively involve disabled and elderly people in the whole process of standardisation in IST.

Other organisations involved in this project

Last updated: 20/03/2010