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by: National Assessment of Adult Literacy (NAAL),
type: Articles
in: 24 USA

This report provides a “first look” at the literacy skill levels of the nation’s adults in 2003. It includes results by various background characteristics (such as gender, race/ethnicity, and educational attainment) as well as information on changes in adult literacy performance between 1992 and 2003. more....

by: Kas Hemmes, Projectleader, VG2 the greening of gas,
type: Articles
in: 12 the future of Energy

To mix hydrogen into the domestic gas network: that is the challenge that those taking part in the EET-subsidized project, 'The Greening of Gas' have set themselves. Project coordinator Dr Kas Hemmes (Associate Professor with the Energy and Industry section) describes the many technical and administrative difficulties of this promising idea.
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by: Thomas John McLeish,
type: Articles
in: 14 the future of Architecture

Homes in the future will contain many new and complex activities, becoming centers for work, commerce, learning, proactive health care, distributed energy production, etc.. The baby boomer and GenX population are demanding choice and tailored solutions in all products they buy, including homes. The combination of societal and market forces will require new ways of designing, building, and integrating technologies into places of living. more....

by: European Commission,
type: Articles
in: 38 Tourism

Europe is the world’s region most visited by tourists: in fact, six EU countries are in the world’s top ten destinations for holiday-makers. Not surprisingly the sector is very important to the European economy. Tourism is a cross-cutting sector, involving a big diversity of services and professions, linked to many other economic activities and policy areas.more....

by: Mathijs van Zutphen,
type: Articles
in: Science & Technology

The Club of Amsterdam’s first Summit for the Future, in January 2005, featured a host of innovative thinkers and doers discussing (preferred) future scenarios as our global village transforms itself into an integrated interdependent network economy following a trend away from tangible assets into a “knowledge society”. What emerged from the various presentations, seminars and discussion is an understanding of the depth of change that is occuring. These are not organizational social or technological changes, these are changes in the fundamental values on which our economic and cultural reality rests. In this paper, which may be considered a dispatch of the summit’s events, we will liken the changes to a philosophical concept of profound and sweeping transformation formulated by Friedrich Nietzsche. I have chosen to present a Nietzschian Transvaluation of Values in the form of a list of values that are shifting. The list was inspired by a number of presentations and seminars I was present at in addition to discussions and inspiration provided by many others present at the Summit.more....

by: Scott G,
type: Articles
in: 09 the future of Media & Entertainment

How information overload, data glut, and media excess will lead to consumer revolt that puts an end to marketing, advertising and public relations as we know it.more....


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type: Upcoming events
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by: Cynthia M. Gayton,
type: Articles
in: 41 Google

This article expands upon my previous VINE article entitled 'Legal Issues facing the Knowledge Economy in the 21st Century' by concentrating on one main topic, that of knowledge access specifically to works available currently in analog form. Most libraries face the daunting task of preserving their hard copy collections in a way not contemplated by Johan Gutenberg. How to preserve library collections in a manner permitted under copyright law is the primary legal issue, but the legal analysis does not end there. Contract, licensing, and vendor-driven solutions may leave the ultimate user without access to vital resources heretofore only available within the physical library environment. I will address not only copyright issues and related fair use and first sale doctrines, but antitrust issues, and the relationship between fair use and the 5th amendment. The recently initiated Google Library Project offers a useful test scenario as the debate continues between traditional hardcopy volumes and their digital counterparts. By way of analogy, I will compare the ancient Alexandrian libraries with that proposed by Google.more....

by: IST Advisory Group,
type: Articles
in: 35 Ambient Intelligence

ISTAG suggests that Ambient Intelligence research increasingly needs “to allow people to live in their own future” in order to bring that research closer to the needs of citizens and business. ISTAG recommends that a European network of Experience and Application Research Centres (EARCs) should be established for this purpose.more....

by: Evalueserve,
type: Articles
in: 48 India

Over the past several years, investors have earned massive profits in the Indian market. However, beyond the tech-heavy activity that has driven much of these profits, there are many new and interesting areas that private equity (PE) and venture capital (VC) firms are now aggressively looking to take advantage of. The Indian market is certainly unique. Therefore, investment players, who are new to India, are required to have an in-depth understanding of this market and make some behavioural adjustments in order to maximise their returns. In addition to the required capital, proper research in a challenging market, subtle and savvy managerial skills and a healthy dose of patience must also be invested to ensure success. In this article, Evalueserve’s analysis shows that those who manage the fundamentals and persevere stand to make significant gains in the years ahead. And, their impact will be felt not only in India, but also on the global economy.more....

by: Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality,
type: Articles
in: 08 the future of Food & Biotech

The policy document on Food Production and Rural Areas (Voedsel en Groen) focuses on the change in thinking about the agricultural sector. It is not concerned solely with primary agriculture, but with the whole chain from primary sector to consumer. This agrifood complex is characterised by socially responsible business practice, a high level of knowledge and innovative strength and is thus a world market leader. A demand-centred approach is essential since the agrifood complex is driven by the wishes of citizens and consumers. more....


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by: EUMC,
type: Articles
in: Cross-Cultural Competence

The EUMC analyses the situation regarding racism and xenophobia in the 25 EU Member States covering the year 2005. In its report, the EUMC highlights that most Member States lack the necessary data to monitor potential socio-economic inequalities between different ethnic/national groups. As a result, some groups may experience victimisation and discrimination without adequate response from the state. The report presents an overview in five key areas – racist violence and crime, employment, education, housing and legislation. Selected examples of ‘good practice’ initiatives from the Member States are inserted throughout the report.more....

by: EUMC,
type: Articles
in: Cross-Cultural Competence

This publication is an update of the May 2006 version with new statistical data. The EUMC collects since 2000 regularly all available data and information on racism and xenophobia in the EU Member States and has since 2002 a special focus on antisemitism. In March 2004, the EUMC presented to the European Parliament an extensive report on antisemitism in the then 15 EU Member States, which is also available on the EUMC website.more....


type: Articles
in: 29 Drugs

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by: Asian Development Bank,
type: Articles
in: Asia

The annual Asian Development Outlook provides a comprehensive economic analysis of 42 economies in developing Asia and the Pacific. On the basis of the Asian Development Bank’s unique knowledge of the region, this 17th edition overviews aggregate trends and medium-term prospects by subregion - East Asia, Southeast Asia, South Asia, Central Asia, and the Pacific - in the context of global economic movements.
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by: Evalueserve,
type: Articles
in: Asia

Asia's journey from the 1997-98 financial crisis to being one of the world's most dynamic regions in terms of trade, development and investment activity, can best be termed as a 'Renaissance'. The world's centre of economic gravity is shifting towards Asia, as it currently accounts for 27 percent of international trade. This growth is mainly driven by the exemplary performance of the emerging Asian countries, including China, India, Hong Kong, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam. The share of these emerging Asian countries in world trade increased from 13 percent in 1990 to 20 percent in 2004. more....

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