Consultancy

We provide expert advice and consultancy in a pragmatic and goal driven manner. This includes project design and specification, user needs’ analysis, on-site coaching and event support, technology selection and implementation, evaluation and assessment. ATiT staff regularly provides independent evaluation, review and monitoring support to funding agencies including the European Commission.

Video portals and user experiences, a EUscreen workshop

The National Library of Sweden and the Swedish National Archive for Audiovisual Material in Stockholm organised on Thursday 11 February 2010 a workshop to document and support their work in the EUscreen Project, the European Commission supported project in the eContentPlus Programme. EUscreen aims at providing access to Europe's television heritage through an online portal with videos, photos and contextual information. During the workshop held at the National Library in the heart of Stockholm, Mathy Vanbuel gave an introduction to the discussion, lead by Pelle Snickars from the National Library of Sweden, about advantages and disadvantages of the coexistence of different user categories (General Public / Education / Research / Creative reuse) on a single video portal such as the one conceived in EUscreen. Tobias Golodnoff from the Danish public broadcaster DR presented their experiences from the DR project Bonanza and Andy O'Dwyer from BBC presented experiences regarding the user perspective in Video Active and similar projects at the BBC.

Video for Teaching Purposes Presented at Educational Broadcasters' Gathering in Karlsruhe

Mathy Vanbuel gave a presentation about the pedagogical framework and the approach to teacher coaching being undertaken by the EduTubePlus partners at the recent BaKaFORUM held 30 Jan – 1 Feb in Karlsruhe.

This annual event brings together educational broadcasters and others interested in educational and societal TV and Media and provided a good opportunity to find out more about what educational broadcasters around the world are up to.

The forum was made up of a mix of screenings and workshops and included many excellent examples of educational video material as well as documentaries on a several highly emotive topics like the racist attacks on migrant communities in South Africa in 2008 and people trafficking in the Ukraine.

SoRuraLL mid term project meeting in Athens

On Thursday and Friday 14 and 15 January 2010 ATiT participated in the mid term project meeting of the European Commission Lifelong Learning Project SoRuraLL, which focuses on using information and communication technologies in rural parts of Europe, especially within the education and training domain.

Partners from Greece, Bulgaria, Spain, Belgium, Germany and Poland gathered in the excellent premises of Ellinogermaniki Agogiki to discuss the progress of development and pilots. The pilot activities are beginning now and will continue until July involving teachers in Greece, Spain and Ireland as well as learners in Germany and Bulgaria and citizens in Poland.

Training sessions for research project evaluation in Amman, Jordan

ATiT is providing training sessions for SRTD, the Support to Research and Technological Development and Innovation Initiatives and Strategies in Jordan. SRTD is a programme of the European Union to enhance the capacity in research, together with the Jordan Higher Council for Science and Technology. The programme consists of Part 1: An Introduction to Proposal Evaluation, and Part 2: An Overview of Evaluator Capacities and Skills, with a special focus on the European Commission 7th Framework Programme. More than 40 researchers from industry, academia as well as from support organisations attended the 4 days of workshops and instruction at the Amman International Hotel in Amman, Jordan, from 13 till 16 December 2009.

Training Course in New Interactive Site in Freetown

ATiT are leading a training course in Sierra Leone from 22 to 24 June on the new interactive web service that has been designed for the Sierra Leone Investment and Export Promotion Agency (SLIEPA). Built using Drupal, this site allows experts to register their company and activities and make themselves available for parterships inside and outside the country. It also allows SLIEPA staff to provide information, business intelligence and connections to help local businesses grow and to contribute to the economic growth of Sierra Leone.

GDLN-ASEAN Project

Mathy Vanbuel participated in a GDLN-ASEAN Project Identification team comprised of World Bank Staff and consultants that visited Jakarta from June 3 till 9 to work with ASEC officials, staff and consultants to explore and refine the concept of  a GDLN-ASEAN and to produce a comprehensive Project Document including project implementation plan, operational management plan, and business plan.

The mission addressed issues of technical requirements (facilities, connectivity arrangements, etc.), staffing, financial requirements, operational management, capacity building, etc. The mission also identified a number of program areas of mutual strategic interest in which the World Bank and other GDLN partners would collaborate in development and delivery of a multi-year series of knowledge exchange, dialogue, and capacity building activities. During the visit, the team also met with Dr. Surin Pitsuwan, ASEAN Secretary-General, one of the great promotors of the GDLN-ASEAN within the ASEC.

Second Dialogue in Women's Series Attracts Large Audience

The Second Virtual Dialogue in the Women's Dialogue series about women in political leadership took place on Wednesday 25 February involving more than 120 people in the participating sites in Jordan, Kenya, Ghana and Lithuania.This two hour dialogue featured an interview with Former President of Ireland (1990 - 1997) and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997 - 2002) Mary Robinson, followed by a discussion with a worldwide audience on closing the political gender gap and on ways to empower and prepare the next generation of women leaders. It attracted a wide variety of participants including several senior ranking ministerial representatives and policymakers. This included recently appointed Ghanaian Ministers,  Hon. Akua Sena Dansua , Minister of Women and Children’s Affairs and Hon. Juliana Azuma-Mensah Minister of Tourism.

Recommendations from this and the other Virtual Dialogues in the series will contribute to The International Colloquium for Women's Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace & Security Conference to be held on March 7 ­ 8 in Monrovia, Liberia. More information about the series is available from the Virtual Dialogues site http://www.womensdialogue.org. More information about the Colloquium is available from the Colloquium site http://www.womenscolloquium.org

Second Dialogue to Feature Interview with Mary Robinson

Details of the Second Dialogue in the Women's Dialogue series about women in political leadership have been been announced. This two hour dialogue, taking place on February 25, 2009, will feature an interview with Former President of Ireland (1990 - 1997) and United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (1997 - 2002) Mary Robinson, followed by a discussion with a worldwide audience on closing the political gender gap and on ways to empower and prepare the next generation of women leaders. It will link through videoconference participating live audiences in Jordan, Kenya, Lithuania and Ghana. Recommendations from this and the other Virtual Dialogues in the series will feed into a major international conference hosted by President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf - The International Colloquium for Women's Empowerment, Leadership Development, International Peace & Security Conference to be held on March 7 ­ 8 in Monrovia, Liberia.More information about the series is available from the Virtual Dialogues site http://www.womensdialogue.org. More information about the Colloquium is available from the Colloquium site http://www.womenscolloquium.org.

Watch the live stream on Wednesday 25 February 2009 at 11.30 - 13.30 EST US Eastern Time (check your time) on http://vcg01.worldbank.org/vc/. Please note that the conference will only appear at the top as soon as the conference starts. Meanwhile you can test your streaming by visiting one of the recorded public conferences mentioned on that same page.