Quigley, AJ and Knapp, B, Bridging Research in Aging and ICT Development, Proceedings of the International Federation on Aging 10th Global Conference 2010, 3-6 May 2010, Melbourne, Victoria EJ (2010) [Conference Extract]
Here we report on the EU FP7 Coordinating Action entitled BRAID or "Bridging Research in Ageing and ICT Development" which aims to develop a comprehensive research and technological development roadmap for active ageing by consolidating existing roadmaps and by describing and launching a stakeholder co-ordination and consultation mechanism. A roadmap describes a program for future research and development indicating research gaps and what might be developed and when. This roadmap characterises key research challenges and produces a vision for a comprehensive approach in supporting the well-being and socio-economic integration of increasing numbers of senior citizens in Europe.
BRAID responds to the clear need to consolidate the various existing perspectives, plans, roadmaps and research and to coordinate effectively the stakeholders in ICT and Ageing. It will utilise knowledge repositories and stakeholder networks to create a self-sustaining, dynamic strategic mechanism for overcoming the fragmentation that has plagued e-inclusion and for improving co-ordination and collaboration among stakeholders. This project aims to create a dynamic ICT and Ageing roadmap that addresses older people's needs not otherwise well met, that identifies and benefits from best practices in the EU and elsewhere and that analyses current and potential gaps in knowledge and execution. It further aims to instantiate a strategic research agenda that tracks and builds upon existing, emerging and disruptive technologies and that responds to the changing socio-economic conditions of stakeholders. Finally, we aim to expand the BRAID networks of contacts to build a self-sustaining co-ordination mechanism, which is viral and ubiquitous and reaches out across the heterogeneity of stakeholders.
BRAID builds upon the experience and knowledge developed in previous projects while taking account of e-inclusion efforts in the EU27 as well as Australia, Canada, Japan and the US. We will further describe our first steps in the development of our BRAID community portal based on BRAIDbook our enhanced social networking community tools for knowledge dissemination.