The DC Steering Group supervises and coordinates a
number of reactive activities with the purpose of
encouraging cross project collaboration and of challenging
project boundaries. The framework in which the activites are structured
is discussed next.
More detailed information on individual activities is also available (
1st Round of Activities,
2nd Round of Activities,
3rd Round of Activities,
4th Round of Activities).
Days (DD) : These are facilitated 1-day workshops that
identify themes of broad interest to the community. Examples may be:
Evaluation, privacy, narrative, architecture and ICT, or sensor fusion.
Disappearing Days should be the breeding ground for Troubadour Grants
and Research Ateliers . To ensure monies are spread over the 18-month
period, Disappearing Days are based on lightweight applications open
every 3 months with a 2-week response.
Grants (TR): These are enhanced travelling grants that enable
a researcher or researchers to travel between a number of sites. For
instance, being able to support the use of one project's deliverables
within other project(s') platforms (assuming appropriate IPR
arrangements). Examples may be: a peer review activity, encouraging
excellence in PhD student research, a Postdoctoral pool, or I3
integration activities to exchange skills. To ensure monies are spread
over the 18 month period, Troubadour Grants are based on lightweight
applications open every 3 months with a 2 week response.
Response Teams (RR): Within any project, or group of
projects, unexpected or out of scope challenges will occur which the
project team do not have the skills, funds or time to address. Rapid
Response Teams provide short (1 week), focused responses to these
challenges. A team is assembled and "parachuted" in to help solve these
problems. Rapid Response Teams are reactive and continuously "open" to
proposals. The SG ensure that the funds are dispersed evenly throughout
the 18 month period.
Research Ateliers (RA): These are
small budget and short time scale projects (<3
months, typically 7 to 10 days) which merge ideas
from different projects, help build new consortia, or
encourage new developments. These ateliers reflect a philosophy of
"putting the work back in workshop", were real tangible results of
mutual interest and benefit to the DC community can be developed.
Examples may be: a project that builds up an evaluation structure for DC
projects as a whole or, a "great egg race" style event that, while
superficially useless, challenges the assumptions, technologies, and
creative applications of the component technologies. To ensure monies
are spread over the 18-month period, Research Ateliers are based on
lightweight applications open every 3 months with a 2-week response.
Jamborees: As a focus for the DC community,
two major conference-like events have been organised
where projects can present and demonstrate their work. The
second DC Jamboree and public DC Exhibition, organised jointly with
the Fourth International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp 2002) and was held in
Göteborg, Sweden, over 3 days from the 30th September to the 2nd
October 2002. A short report can be found here.
Information about the upcoming 2003 DC Jamboree at IVREA can be found