Förderverein Informationstechnik und Gesellschaft


CORDIS RTD-NEWS/c European Communities, 1999

Record Control Number : 12579 Date : 1999-03-26

Category : Programme implementation

General Information :

With a clear underlying goal of promoting access to knowledge, education and training for all European citizens, the PROMETEUS (PROmoting Multimedia access to Education and Training in the EUropean Society) initiative has been established.

The acronym has been chosen by the newly elected Steering Committee for the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU): Multimedia Access to Education and Training in Europe under the European Commission's Telematics Application Programme.

Telematics and multimedia-based tools and knowledge contents are widely considered as potentially central ingredients to the evolving new ways and means of learning and training. These aspects are at the core of important European Union (EU) research programmes and are being addressed by a number of EU projects on research, technological development and demonstration (RTD).

However, research teams alone cannot develop consensus views on the important underlying societal issues. Therefore, the PROMETEUS initiative has been established to address the following:

- Optimal strategies for multicultural, multilingual learning solutions; - New instructional and training approaches and new learning environments; - Affordable solutions and platforms based on open standards and best practices; - Publicly accessible and interoperable knowledge repositories.

PROMETEUS's consensus building actions will thus seek to bridge the gap between research and use of learning technologies, content and services.

As specified in the founding MoU: Multimedia Access to Education and Training in Europe, PROMETEUS results are expected as guidelines and best practice handbooks - as well as recommendations which will be submitted, as necessary, to education and training authorities and to EU and international standards bodies.

Data Source Provider : European Commission, DG XIII

Document Reference : Based on a news report from European Commission's Telematics Application's Nectar Information Update.

Programme Acronym : FRAMEWORK 4C; TELEMATICS 2C

Subject Index Codes : Information, Media

Contact Person :

For further information, please visit the PROMETEUS website at:


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