Nominations by category – 2007


1. e-Learning

Name of the project: Alcohol and Drug Awareness e-Training module

Summary of the project: Alcohol and Drug Awareness is an e-Training module, developed together with Melon Technologies partner e-Learning WMB for the needs of Kirklees Safer Communities Partnership – a UK community group, devoted to crime and substance misuse reduction. This engaging training tool is suitable for anyone who would like to learn more about the alcohol and drug misuse, its health and social consequences and the existing prevention and rehabilitation techniques. The training course has four training modules – Models of Care, Alcohol, Drugs and Action. Combined, these modules: provide an overview of the alcohol and drugs misuse; explore the related health and social risks; develop skills in identifying drug and alcohol related problems; inform about the existent legal framework; outline important safety guidelines; introduce techniques and public services helping to overcome drug/alcohol dependence; teach valuable first-help skills in dealing with life-threatening emergencies etc.


2. e-Culture

Name of the project: Nagledna Agitacija (NA); Composition; CIRCLE;

Summary of the project: NA aims to recall the visual methods used in communism for a political propaganda and to find the place of the letters in that process. In order to function better, the complex world of the communist society needs norms to rule the human behavior. How these rules have been shown, how the mechanism for their creation has evolved in time. NA is a space for memories and stories from the time of communism. The viewer is also a part of that space and can leave own traces in the space of the installation; Composition: A Composition of two-dimensional forms is located into a single surface. The forms are being manipulated by the observer until there appear some new and temporary spaces. Shape, colour and sound remain autonomous elements and at the same time in a single process of continuous changes they set pictures in which the authenticity of the visible starts to disappear. The computer work reveals in front of the spectator an internal logic and own structure. Three principal elements are used divided into three parts each: 1. Shape (geometric) – circle, square and triangle. 2. Colour (primary) – red, blue, yellow. 3. Sound – three different fragments. The spectator (user) can change the layers by himself (which one of the geometric figures to be on the top, which one to be in the middle and which one – at the bottom), the colour (which form which colour should take) and can arrange the musical fragments (which one should follow which). These way very different variations of a picture which consists of only a couple of elements can be obtained – a total of 214 different variations can be performed. CIRCLE: A full cycle (circle) of the human communication are presented at three figures that lie on the basis of one creative act, their transformation – before, at the same time and after the combined action.


3. e-Science – no nominated application

4. e-Government – no nominated application

5. e-Health – no nominated application

6. e-Business

Name of the project: NewsDynamo

Summary of the project: NewsDynamo is a web-based platform for the creation, management, and maintenance of news portals. The main target of the product are current or new online news sites, offline newspapers, magazines and TV companies that are planning to launch online equivalent of their offline media. NewsDynamo’s innovation is determined by its unique combination of sophisticated technological capabilities and adequate solution of media-specific business needs. It features a workflow management module. The system allows managers to define the publishing process thus optimizing media’s business organization. It can handle over 5000 news items a day. Increasing the number of news items produced does not decrease the performance characteristics of the system due to its stable archiving capabilities. It enables media staff members to fully customize the public layout of the website. It is integrated with a flexible advertising system. Its unique caching system is optimized for high traffic load. The system can process over 1 million page views per minute.


7. e-Entertainment

Name of the project: Guide to Bulgaria

Summary of the project: The project started in February 2006 with the idea to become a source of reference information about all living places and resorts in Bulgaria. The information is structured hierarchically following the Administrative Territorial Division structure of Bulgaria – planning economic regions, districts (provinces), municipalities, cities, villages and resorts. The information available for each administrative unit is: area size, population, altitude, post and phone codes, geo coordinates, map of location, satellite map of the area, distance to other cities and villages, photo galleries by places, etc.


8. Special Category: e-Inclusion

Name of the project: Digital Spaces

Summary of the project: Digital Spaces is a series of public lectures, interactive sessions and an annual exhibition that bring together leading computer and communications technology researchers and developers from Bulgaria and around the world. The main aims of the programme are: To promote the use of cutting-edge, disruptive, interactive and ubiquitous computer and communications technologies and devices in our society; To show people that many of these technologies are already available and ready to use in Bulgaria today; To demonstrate how these technologies and devices can improve our lives; To find innovative ways of using digital devices for communication, content production and interaction. The programme is tailored to promote new technological developments, to inspire the spirit of innovation, to encourage interaction and active participation, and to narrow the “digital divide” and “content gap” between different groups of people in our society. Digital Spaces stimulates communication and exchange between Bulgarian and international “computer innovators”, as well as the wider understanding of current trends and developments in computer-based innovation. 2007/2008 is the pilot year of the Digital Spaces programme. Some of the topics covered in the first year of the programme include: Authoring Digital Spaces and Mediascapes, Cognitive Robotics, The Semantic Web, E-government, The Interaction of Internet and Mobile Services, GPS Systems and Applications, Digital Maps, Digital Cities, Digital Photography, Computer Games, Attentive Technology, Smart Rooms, and Night Vision Systems.