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R&D and Technolgy Transfer

Developing a Distributed Electronic Health-Record Store for India

by Jim Dowling and Seif Haridi

The DIGHT project is addressing the problem of building a scalable and highly available information store for the Electronic Health Records (EHRs) of the over one billion citizens of India.

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Epidemic Intelligence: Satellite-Enabled Applications for Health Early Warning Systems

by Catherine Chronaki

An earthquake-readiness exercise in November 2007 in Crete, Greece, assessed the added value of satellite-enabled applications for epidemiological surveillance and health early warning systems in post-disaster health management.

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Novel Drug Discovery with SIMDAT Grid Technology

by Yvonne Havertz

Within the European SIMDAT project (Grids for Industrial Product Development) a substantial progress in pharmaceutical analysis has been achieved. It enables pharmaceutical companies to virtualise and globalise their research and development chain, lowering costs as well as considerably improving knowledge exchange between industrial and academic partners.

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Mediated Collaborative Learning

by Kostas Pentikousis and Carmen Martinez-Carrillo

Wikis should be a very familiar Web application for most ERCIM News readers. Once used mainly by the open-source community, wikis are now increasingly being adopted for day-to-day work in large multi-partner and company-internal projects. We have recently been exploring the application of wikis to Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL). As we explain below, language in wikis is produced in a collaborative fashion, with all participating members developing and improving the contents of the wiki. Individual contributions motivate the rest of the group to participate in the process of knowledge creation in numerous ways. Following a three-semester study looking at the use of wikis for CALL, our results indicate that they facilitated the simultaneous appropriation of language, technological tools and collaborative skills, often referred to as 'multiacquisition'.

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