From: Emanuella Giavarra (
Date: ma 28 heinš† 1997 - 18:13:09 EEST


Building the Global Information Society for the 21st Century
New Applications and Business Opportunities: Coherent Standards and

Sponsored by ISO/IEC/ITU
Hosted by the European Commission

Brussels, 1-3 October 1997
Palace and Sheraton Hotels

The aim of the Conference is to facilitate the timely and coherent
development of the Global Information Society/Global Information
Infrastructure (GIS/GII) by identifying and promoting the resolution of
outstanding standardization issues. The first steps towards a GIS/GII
have already been taken and an opportunity now exists to assess actual
applications and to pinpoint the factors contributing to their success.
This major global conference is intended to follow-up on the
identification/recognition by G7 Ministers in February, 1995 of the
importance of promoting interoperability to futher develop the GIS/GII.

The Conference is market focused and its objective is to offer an Open
Forum for the essential market players (users, system suppliers, network
service providers, information service providers, content providers,
standards related bodies, regulators, public policy makers) to :

- exchange views regarding actual and potential applications along with
related practical experience;

- identify factors leading to the successful and fast implementation of
selected applications, and the business opportunities that these will

- investigate the standards (voluntary and mandatory) and related
technical regulations that are needed to shape the implementation of
GIS/GII, so that it may realize its full potential in the global

- share perspectives on the appropriate timing of the implementation of
applications to meet GIS/GII needs.

The Conference will provide an opportunity:

- to gain a better understanding of the status of G7, national and
transnational GIS/GII projects,

- to share experiences about implementation successes and failures,

- to learn how timely standards helped resolve difficulties and
impediments in developing new markets, new products and new applications
through the promotion of global interoperability and functionality,

- to explore new ways to facilitate development of new
products/markets/applications by getting, for example, the right
standards at the right time, and to identify and promote methods for
achieving global functionality and interoperability.

The Conference will contribute a renewed motivation for action and a
vision for how to successfully realize new business opportunities and
the global implementation of GIS/GII. The conference will promote
opportunities by referring its results, including perspectives for the
future and key issues, to the appropriate organizations, rather than
attempting to determine solutions per se. This approach should permit
more time for identification of opportunities and discussion of views on
how further progress in achieving the GIS/GII can be realized. Through
a wide diffusion of results, the Conference will provide a clear
awareness of issues and solutions experienced.

The conference intends to provide a clear awareness of the issues and
experience in standards development in order to promote progressive
action throughout the industry.

Four major themes will be addressed in workshops during the event:

- Electronic commerce - topics such as banking, financial services,
teleshopping and trade.

- Services to the public - for example, service information, libraries,
museums, remote provision of welfare services, education, telemedicine
and intelligent transportation telematics systems.

- Individual use - services including interactive entertainment,
telelearning and the provision of information and communications.

- Communications infrastructure interoperability (a horizontal topic).

The programme is being developed to ensure the greatest opportunity for
creative discussion. The sessions on the first and last days will be
plenaries in which the status of existing Global Information Society
projects will be reviewed, and the potential for consensus-based
standardization and public policy initiatives for the enhancement of
Global Information Society development processes will be discussed.

The second day will be devoted to four workshops, run in parallel, to
explore the four major themes. The workshops will provide the
opportunity to discuss widely-recognized Global Information Society
needs, such as security, encryption, privacy, multilingualism support,
user interface, and practical interactive communications which are made
possible by interoperability, in specific applications of relevance both
to business and to the citizen. The results of the thematic workshops
will be summarized and presented for discussion to all the conference
delegates in the plenary session on the last day of the Conference.

With its clear focus on market developments and business opportunities,
the Conference is an essential forum for CEOs, senior managers and
business leaders from:

- Users: Information infrastructures and services users: small, medium
and large enterprises, central and local governments, individual user
groups and local communities, etc

- Suppliers/Developers: Major standards developers, suppliers involved
in global standardization programmes, GIS application developers,
information content providers, service providers, Internet providers,
business circles, trade/industry associations, financial institutions,
researchers involved in GIS/GII pilot projects.

- Leaders in standardization and Government representatives involved in
public policy and/or standardization: Standards development
organisations (including international, regional and national partners),
Governmental agencies, public policy makers, Government officials
involved in standardization and technical regulations affecting GIS/GII.

The aim is to achieve a carefully-balanced audience, ensuring that all
major players are represented, from all regions of the world, both
developed and developing countries, from industry, public authorities,
standardization organisations, service providers and academics.

The newly-renovated Palace Hotel, with its distinctive Art Nouveau
atmosphere, is situated in central Brussels, with the Botanical Gardens
on its doorstep. On the opposite side of the square is the Sheraton
Hotel, where two of the one-day thematic workshops will be held.

The world-famous Grand Place and its neighbouring streets of notable
restaurants is just five minutes walk away. The hotels have easy access
to the inner ring road and the main train station, and are on the metro

A registration fee of 25,000 BEF will be charged for this prestigious
event. To ensure that the conference can fully achieve its objective of
full delegate involvement, the number of places available will be

Full information, including the programme schedule, registration forms
and hotel details, will be distributed in the early summer of 1997, and
updates during the lead-up to the Conference will be available on the
World Wide Web at

An international Conference Steering Group has the overall
responsibility for the organisation of the Conference, whilst autonomous
thematic planning groups are working on the preparation of the
Conference content. Here are the contact details for the lead and
regional coordinators of each thematic workshop:

Theme 1 - Electronic Commerce

Lead coordinator
US: Jay M. Tenenbaum (Commerce Net)
Regional coordinators
US: George Spix (Microsoft)
EU: Claude Boulle (Bull)
CA: Jake Knoppers (Canaglobe International Inc)
JP: Tatsuo Goto (NEC Corporation)

Theme 2 - Services to the public

Lead coordinator
EU: Wolfram Berger (Ministerialdirigent - German Ministry of Economics)
Regional coordinators
EU: George Hall (ICL)
CA: David Clemis (interim)(Industry CA)
JP: Shozo Tanaka (Fujitsu Ltd)
US: Peter Waegemann (Medical Records Institute)

Theme 3 - Individual use

Lead coordinator
CA: Claudine Simson (Nortel Technology)
Regional co-ordinators
CA: Paul Jay (Nortel Technology)
JP: Shoei Kataoka (Sharp Corporation)
US: Mary Anne Lawler (IBM Corp)
EU: Georg Luetteke (Philips-DE)

Theme 4 - Interoperability

Lead coordinator
JP: Sadahiko Kano (NTT Corp.)
Regional coordinators
JP: Hajime Yamada (NTT Corp.)
US: Thomas Spacek (Bellcore)
EU: Heinz Wichards (Deutsche Telekom)
CA: George Arnold (TSACC/Lucent)

1-3 October 1997 in Brussels!

European Commission, Directorate General III - Industry
with the support of CEN/EWOS
Rue de Stassart 36, B-1050 Brussels, Belgium
Tel +32 2 511 7455
Fax +32 2 511 8723

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