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Call for tenders open: pre-commercial procurement - digital solutions to improve access to healthcare and education

Because of COVID-19 restrictions like lockdowns more people became remote or isolated. The Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Netherlands challenges entrepreneurs and companies to create innovative products and services that improve accessibility to healthcare and education for those who are geographically or socio-economically restricted. These innovations are to be developed and prototyped in the Middle East and North Africa (MENA region: Algeria, Egypt, Iraq, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Morocco, Palestine Ter, Sudan, Tunisia, Yemen). Deadline for submitting offers: 1 March 2021

Commission sets up a Centre for digital preservation of cultural heritage and launches projects supporting digital innovation in schools

The Commission launched this week a European competence centre aiming to preserve and conserve European Cultural Heritage. The centre, which will work for a period of three years, has been granted up to €3 million from the Horizon 2020 programme. It will set up a collaborative digital space for cultural heritage conservation and give access to repositories of data, metadata, standards and guidelines.

European Competence Centre for digital preservation and conservation of cultural heritage and projects supporting digital innovation in schools

Following a call, a competence centre for digital preservation and conservation of cultural heritage will be set up. The aim is to prepare the necessary infrastructure, map past and ongoing research, collect, analyse and promote best practices from Europe and beyond, and become a major point of European reference for transnational and interdisciplinary networking in the preservation of Cultural Heritage. The European Commission also funds two new projects to support schools by setting up mentoring schemes and mainstreaming innovation by spreading the advanced ICT-based teaching practices.

Digital economy: scoreboard shows women in Europe are less likely to work or be skilled in ICT

The Commission has published the 2020 Women in Digital Scoreboard. Women have spearheaded innovation essential to the advancement of digital technology – from computer algorithms to programming. Yet, they are still less likely to have specialist digital skills and work in this field compared to men. Only when looking at the basic digital skills, the gender gap has narrowed, from 10.5% in 2015 to 7.7% in 2019.

Women in Digital Scoreboard 2020

Women across Europe are less likely to have specialist digital skills and work in this field compared to men. According to the Commission’s 2020 Women in Digital (WiD) Scoreboard, only 18% of ICT specialists are women and the gender gap is present in all 12 indicators measured.