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 About AMI@Work Family of Communities
The AMI@Work Family of Communities has thrived since 2004, extending from just a modest network of specialists representing several organizations involved in the MOSAIC project to a Europe-wide community of 5778 experts in the field of collaborative innovation.
The Family consists of a set of self-organising communities, facilitated by their democratically elected leaders and based on web-based membership registration by interested individuals. The communities represent potential cross-fertilising technology themes and challenging validation environments with a significant technological, economic and societal impact. The AMI@Work Family of ERA Communities itself is a real-life collaboration experiment: we ’practice what we preach’.
 Communities Matrix
Since 2004 the Family has been evolving, but its five key constructing pillars, that have existed since its creation, i.e.: self-organisation, independence, human centrism, and its virtual and voluntary character, have remained as the building blocks of the structure. Today, the Family’s name: AMI@Work’s which stood for AMbient Intelligence AT Work indicates AMbient Innovation AT Work.
The current structure of the AMI@Work Family of Communities builds on the four core innovation domains, indispensable from the point of view of the collaborative working environments, i.e.: Health/Well-being/Inclusion, Manufacturing/Engineering/Logistics, Media/Content, and Rural areas/economy/society. These four vertical domains should be perceived through the context of open collaboration and regional development. In addition to them, another – horizontal domain has been recognised: Technologies for Innovation and Next Generation Services. Innovations in this cross-cutting, horizontal domain are enablers for any progress in the vertical layers.
The enhanced AMI@Work structure mirrors the aforementioned domains and encompasses the most active Communities from those that have existed so far: eHealth@Work , engineering@work, media@work, and rural@work. The fifth Community – technology@work merges the current collaboration@work, knowledge@work and mobility@work Communities. The Family plans to continue the close collaboration with the Living Labs Open Innovation Community (which, actually, was born and brought up within the ‘old’ AMI structures), that also extends horizontally across the four key domains. It is important to mention that, between the LL Open Innovation Community and the Technologies for Innovation and Next Generation Services domain, another vertical work area has been identified – Single European Electronic Market Facilitation (which is to build on the current SEEM@Work Community and constitutes a vital link to the Digital Ecosystems).
The way the Communities operate takes into account other existing initiatives, e.g. European Technology Platforms (mainly: NESSI, eMobility, ARTEMIS, NEM), EFITA , etc., and – through partnering with their selected members and supporting certain areas of interest – pursue joint actions. A similar symbiosis is catered for with regards to the FP6 projects (mainly IPs) that are to be carried out in the next 2-3 years (e.g. COSPACES, eCOSPACE, LABORANOVA, C@R).
Last but not least, the Family has aligned itself to the funding sources that enable its effective and successful operation. These sources include primarily: the 7th Framework Programme (including the ICT and Regions of Knowledge programmes), CIP, and regional funding (mostly from Structural Funds). Close collaboration is planned with selected DGs – mainly: DG Region, DG Infso, and DG Research.
 Why join?
There are different motivations to join the AMI@Work family of self-organising communities in movement:
- Collaborate with other new working environments users, experts and leaders, throughout Europe and beyond. Use synergies, not to ‘reinvent the wheel’. Connect your current networks with complementary networks. Cross-fertilise development organisations or transition arenas to reach for crucial systemic changes collaboratively.
- Co-create a real working European Research and Innovation Area for users, experts and leaders of corporate, professional, local, regional, national, European or global projects or ‘tribes’ - where the whole is clearly greater than the sum of the parts, where cross disciplinary value creation thrives, where ‘passionate pragmatists’, visionary early adopters, create a path to the future, together with technological and societal innovators.
- Find out how far collaborative technologies can help us in enabling a Rural Information Society, well-being at work or giving doctors and nurses more support and time to care and cure. How can innovative mobile work environments combine productivity and quality of life? What technologies, processes and societal innovations will sustain global 24-hour collaboration through time zones for product design and service creation?
- Identify partners for collaborative European ‘dream teams’ with joint objectives and complementary competences for future Calls for Proposals of European Information Society Technologies research projects. You already live in an EU of 25 countries and want to link people, create ties and extend your networks to the new Member States. Contribute to the conception of the 7th Framework Programme.
 Contact Points
- AMI@Work Family of Communities : Roberto Santoro, Chair
- Rural@Work : Adam Turowiec, Vice-Chair
- Engineering@Work : Roberto Santoro, Chair
- Logistics@Work : Kulwant Pawar, Chair
- Well-being Services @Work : Niilo Saranummi, Chair
- Media@Work : Timo Saari, Chair
- Collaboration@Work : Wolfgang Prinz, Chair
- Knowledge@Work : Anne Jubert, Chair
- Mobility@Work : Hans Schaffers, Chair
- SEEM@Work : Flavio Bonfatti, Chair
- LivingLabs@Work SIG : Mats Eriksson
- Leadership@Work SIG : Seija Kulkki
- European Commission : Olavi Luotonen