Newsletter N 04 - December 2011 > Your DLA local partner
 
  [ LOCAL NEWS] Portugal
High Success of Portugal in the European Programme for ICT Project Funding
 

The Support Program Policy Information and Communication Framework Programme for Competitiveness and Innovation of the European Union (CIP-ICT), initiated in 2007, aims to accelerate the development of a sustainable information society, competitive, innovative and inclusive. The program opens, annually since 2007, tender for submission of applications for research projects and technological development to promote the transfer of innovative knowledge in Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) to the market.

UMIC - Agency for the Knowledge Society, IP ensures monitoring of the CIP-ICT Programme in Portugal, including the delegation of Portugal in the Programme Management Committee and the relations with the Directorate-General Information Society and Media of the European Commission.

Success rates in applications approved with Portuguese participation and in financing Portuguese entities in this competition confirms the overall values accumulated since 2007, with an approval of 13 million euros for Portuguese entities (3% of total Program funding) in 53 Portuguese participation in projects (30% of the total projects approved).

 
Portuguese Youth 10 to 15 Years are Top Users of Computers and Internet
 

The use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) by the Portuguese youth 10 to 15 years old has increased quickly in recent years. A very complete perspective is provided over the new reality with the data reported below from three sources: (1) the survey on ICT use by families done in the 1st quarter of each year by Statistics Portugal (INE) in collaboration with the Knowledge Society Agency (UMIC); (2) the surveys held within thje EU Kids Online Project; (3) the surveys held within the OECD PISA Programme for International Student Assessment.

The most impressive data of the survey on ICT use by families for youngsters 10 to 15 years old, relative to the 1st quarter of 2010, are:
  • 91% use the Internet, both girls and boys. The use of the Internet is 100% among students in the 3rd cycle of basic schooling (7th to 9th grade).
  • 84% use the Internet at home, much more than the double of 2005 (when it was 32%)
  • 67% claim using the Internet every day or almost every day, nearly the triple of 2005 (when it was 24%).
  • The main activities of youngsters 10 to 15 years old who use the Internet are: searching for information for school work (97%), messaging in chats, blogs, social networking websites, newsgroups, online discussion forums or real time written messages (86%), email (86%), games or downloading games, pictures, movies or music (79%), browsing websites of personal interest (63%), uploading personal content on a website to be shared (55% ), searching for health information (47%).
  • 96% use computers, both girls and boys. The use of computer is 100% among students in the 3rd cycle of basic schooling (7th to 9th grade).
  • 92% use computers at home, 1.6 times the value for 2005 (when it was 57%).
  • 77% declare using computers every day or almost every day, 1.7 times the value for 2005 (when it was 46%).
  • The main activities youngsters 10 to 15 years old who use computers declare doing are: school work (93%), listening to music or watching movies (84%), games (84%), use of educational software (54%).
  • 87% use mobile phones, 1.4 times the value for 2005.
These data show a very high use of Internet and computers by the youth 10 to 15 years old (respectively, 91% and 96%), more than 1.8 times the corresponding values for people 16 to 74 years old (respectively 51% and 55%). The use of the Internet at home and the use of the Internet every day or almost every day had particularly high increases as they are in 2010, respectively, 2.6 times and the triple of the values for 2005.
 
Survey on ICT Use in Municipalities
 
As the National Statistical Authority assumed as a result of protocol delegation signed with the INE - National Statistical Institute, IP, UMIC - Agency for the Knowledge Society, IP is responsible for carrying out annual statistics on the inquiry use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in Central and Regional (Azores and Madeira) Public Administration. The Survey on the Use of Information Technology and Communication (IUTIC) - Local municipalities, is an instrument of the National Statistical System (Law 22/2008 of 13 May) with the obligation to respond.
 
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