Acrosslimits                                                                           Issue 3: December 2008
 
 
Dear Friends,
 
A month passed since our first issue and our team was greatly encouraged by the wonderful feedback received (thanks to all of you!). So many things happened since then that we had a tough job deciding which stories had to be included now and which had to be left out.
 

We have been hopping on and off flights to project meetings and conferences  which result in Maltese representation in European-wide events. We want to tell you all about them. Then we’re addressing  themes of culture and sustainable tourism since they’re close to our hearts. Finally we present you ENTITLE and IMPACT which are two projects that we have contributed to and you can read about them in the stories section.

 

Moreover, our website (www.acrosslimits.com) is being updated regularly with new events and stories covering our work.

 

All of us at AcrossLimits wish you a warm Festive Season. See you next year!


Angele
 






"Europeana" opens its doors

 

On November 20th, Europeana - Europe’s multimedia online library, opened to the public. Internet users from around the world can now appreciate and access the European Union cultural treasures.  Moreover, the European Digital Library repository contains over two million objects in the forms of books, maps, recordings, photographs, archival documents, paintings and films from national libraries and cultural institutions of the EU's 27 Member States.

Europeana enables visitors to search and browse the digitised collections of
Europe's libraries, archives and museums all at once. This means users can explore themes without searching for and visiting multiple sites and resources.

AcrossLimits is a partner in the Europeana network. The thematic network brings together state archives, museums, collectors of audio-visual material, cross-domain associations, libraries, research institutions and technology experts.

 
 

ENTITLE – digital technology for libraries
 

On the 20th and 21st November a Maltese expert was sent to Ljubjana in Slovenia to participate in the Entitle expert meeting. During the meeting the guidelines and recommendations were discussed and validated by the team of experts.

ENTITLE is a multilateral project under LLP KA4 Dissemination and Exploitation of Results, designed to support and extend the progress made to date by Europe’s public libraries in supporting learning for all age groups and sections of society, by disseminating, consolidating and enhancing the work of key existing networks, projects and initiatives in this area.

It will focus on the contribution to be made through informal learning settings in libraries to lifelong learning, combating digital illiteracy and social exclusion, paying special attention to gains achieved through the applications of ICT.

AcrossLimits will be holding a stakeholders meeting in
Malta during which the results of the project will be presented. The meeting will be held on 13 March 2009 for which Library and archives experts from Britain will be attending. Maltese stakeholders that wish to attend the meeting may achieve further information by sending an email to  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.">

 

Website: www.entitlelll.eu


Archimed-IMPACT
 
AcrossLimits organised a training seminar between the 3rd and the 5th December. IMPACT, involves a series of events delivered to eligible parties in the ex-Interreg IIIB - ARCHIMED area.
 
'This is an opportunity for all stakeholders to learn more on how they may benefit from EU funding,' said the AcrossLimits Ltd Director. Generally speaking, the issue to be focused on is the design and planning of EC grant projects on sustainable tourism. The seminars will be held in Italy, Greece, Malta and Cyprus.
 
Hon Dr. Mario de Marco, in his key note speech on the opening session, emphasized the importance of such initiatives for Malta. 'We have to move towards responsible tourism a type of tourism that respects environment, culture and while helping to generate income, employment, and the conservation of local ecosystems.,' declared the Parliamentary Secretary for Tourism, 'The Mediterranean has always been associated with tourism.
 
Nowadays the southern shore of the Mediterranean basin is competing with Northern part. Countries such as Tunisia, Morocco, Algeria and Libya have become major players in the Mediterranean tourism sector.'
 
The training brought together various stakeholders and experts from local institutions that are eligible for the Archimed programme. Further information may be achieved from  www.archimed-impact.eu
 
 
Mr. Michael Debono, Hon. Dr. Mario de Marco, Ms. Angele Giuliano

 


Lyon – ICT 2008
 

Angele Giuliano participated in Europe’s biggest Information and Communication Technology event of the year. ICT 2008 brought together researchers, innovators, engineers, policy and business decision-makers in the field of digital technologies. ‘Participation in these type of events is very important for Maltese businesses since we can keep up to date about what is going on in Europe,’ declared Angele Giuliano.


Malta was represented by 9 participants amongst the 4000 participants that gathered to the event. The Maltese contingent represented the public sector, private sector and academia.

 

‘Such an event is a good opportunity to project Malta and the Maltese businesses to the European market. We must encourage more participation since this would bring more visibility for all – country, business and academia,’ commented Angele Giuliano.


The Maltese entrepreneur also hosted two stands during the event these being Women in ICT stand E03 and East West Collaboration in Europe E07. Moreover, Ms Giuliano assisted in the networking session Engaging all Talent: Gender Equality and ICT Careers in a Digital Future.

 

‘The event, that was really well organised and well intended, offered the possibility for networking with other companies and organisations that are at the core of what is going on in Europe. In simple words they are amongst the movers and shakers within the industry,’ she concluded.
 
 
Ms. Angele Giuliano at Lyon - ICT 2008

Be My Guest
 

Another EU funded project that AcrossLimits is taking part in is Be My Guest. The project was funded under the DG EAC (Education & Culture) Call for Proposals 2007 – (EAC/61/2006) Transversal Programme: Languages.

 

The duration of the project is 24 months ( 01/01/2008 - 31/12/2009). The consortium is formed by Maltese, Bulgarian, Spainish and Italian partners. The main objective of the project is the development of a basic online course of Russian language.

 

The online course will be accessible through the project website and supported by online tutoring via Internet facilities, such as chat, online conference, voice call. The partners will test the online course with target users in the partners countries so that to ensure suitability, relevance and effectiveness of the product.
 
The project consortium will also develop intercultural module with the view to putting language learning into sociocultural context and assisting learners in exploring culturally conditioned communication situations, rules of politeness and habits.
 
 
 
Be My Guest Website

Acrosslimits wishes you a warm festive season and a lot of new projects in the New Year
 
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