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Grant Agreement Number 216487

Integrated Cognitive Assistive & Domotic Companion Robotic Systems for Ability & Security

Collaborative Project ICT-2007.7.1 ICT and ageing

D11.6 Project Web Site Report
published by the CompanionAble Consortium

Version: 1.0

Date: 02/09/2008

Project Start Date: 1st January 2008

Project Duration: 48 Month

Project Coordinator: Prof. Atta Badii (University of Reading) Project Co-Funded by the European Commission within the 7th Framework Programme

Dissemination Level: Public Workpackage/ Task: WP11/ T11.4 Document Owner: UoR Contributors: UoR Status: Final

iii) Exclusive area for Partner only access to internal project information.0 Author(s) (Affiliation) Atta Badii.2008 Changes Initial Version Final Version for internal review Final Version for submission Internal Review History Internal Reviewers Andreas Hochgatterer (ARC) Carmen Pastor (TECNALIARBTK( Date 14. Daniel Thiemert (UoR) Atta Badii.6 Project Web Site Report Abstract: D11.2008 02.07.2008 17.6 Project Website Report introduces the website of the CompanionAble project. http://www.CompanionAble.1 0. approved with comments Approved with comments 2 .net.CompanionAble D11. The report describes the information available in the publicly accessible sections as well as the features of the section accessible only by project partners.07. Daniel Thiemert (UoR) Date 16-06-2008 14.07. Document History: Version 0.09. Daniel Thiemert (UoR) Atta Badii.5 1. which serves three major purposes: i) Dissemination of the project results to the external public ii) Collaborative working within the Consortium.2008 Comments Minor Typos.

.......................................................1 2........2 BACKGROUND ........................................................................................... 15 CONCLUSION ...............................................................................................................................................INDEX 1 2 EXECUTIVE SUMMARY................................................................. 6 3............................................................................................................................................................................................................................ 6 3........................................................2 Private section of the CompanionAble Website .................. 5 2..................................................2 MICROSOFT SHAREPOINT SERVER ........................... 6 3..........................................................................................3.............................................................. 8 4 5 WEB SITE ADMINISTRATION......................... 5 SCOPE OF THIS DELIVERABLE ..........3................. 16 ..................................................................................................................... 6 3................................................................................................................................................1 GENERAL DESCRIPTION ......................... 4 INTRODUCTION................................................................................................... 6 3................................3 STRUCTURE OF THE COMPANIONABLE WEBSITE ...............................................................................................1 Public section of the CompanionAble Website ................. 5 3 WEBSITE CONTENT ........................................

6.CompanionAble D11.6 Project Web Site Report 1 Executive Summary This document deliverable D11. This document sets out the functions and features offered by the website design to cater for i) Dissemination of the project results to the external public ii) Collaborative working within the Consortium. 4 . disseminations and collaborative working across the Consortium. that is the web presence of the EU project CompanionAble as well as an effective tool for publicity. iii) Exclusive area for Partner only access to internal project information. as the Project Website report describes the website. http://www.CompanionAble.net.

in particular to push forward to frontiers of research in integrated assistive robotics within Smart Home Environments. e. Therefore this deliverable should be regarded as a snapshot of the website at the point of release of this report. 2. Naturally the website is under continuous development and updating. in the sense that new content is being added. An important facility in raising awareness of the results and outcomes of the CompanionAble project is the project website.6 Project Web Site Report 2 2.g. 5 . news and publications.1 Introduction Background CompanionAble is an Integrated Research Programme within the 7th Framework.CompanionAble D11.2 Scope of this deliverable This document is the accompanying report for the CompanionAble project website. It describes the structure and content of the website and the services it offers. and its features are adapted to meet the evolving needs for the users. It is a major dissemination channels and has been operational since the beginning of the project. It is focussed on Research Technology Development and Innovation (RTDI) to support Ambient Assisted Living (AAL).

2. Figure 1 presents the start page.org. and others. Contacts. a “Partners” page. 6 . The website is based on a Microsoft SharePoint Server technology.3. and a “contacts” page. Furthermore the page contains a summary of the latest news. a “public documents” page.CompanionAble D11. both have a redirection to the University’s server.net and http://www.6 Project Web Site Report 3 3. as it is true for all pages.1 Website Content General Description The CompanionAble Project Website is hosted by the University of Reading and is reachable through the URLs http://www. 3. private and public. These services include: Events.3 Structure of the CompanionAble Website The website is divided into a public and a private section. the starting point and contains an introducing abstract about the project. Announcements. Discussions.3. 3. They will be described in detail in chapter 3. From the “home” page each of the above mentioned pages and the private section is reachable via hyperlinks. the “news & pictures” page. as already said.2 Microsoft SharePoint Server The Microsoft SharePoint Server technology offers several services that the CompanionAble website benefits from. the overview page “project overview”. The “home” page is.companionable. the latter one being restricted for access by Consortium members only.1 Public section of the CompanionAble Website This section comprises of the main or starting page “home”. Document Libraries. 3.companionable.

Thus. Only current or recent news is displayed on this page. This news is not only concerned with project events. such as duration or funding. this page has more of a static nature as the content will hardly change. To access old news and pictures (see Figure 2) of events two further hyperlinks are provided on the “news & pictures” page. 7 . The “news & pictures” page contains the complete version of the news summarised on the “home” page.CompanionAble D11.6 Project Web Site Report Figure 1: CompanionAble Website Start Page The “project overview” presents key facts and figures about the project. but are also meant to inform about advances in technologies related to the CompanionAble project or the Partners involved.

etc. Atta Badii from the University of Reading. presentations. Finally.2 Private section of the CompanionAble Website The private section of the CompanionAble website is only accessible by Consortium members. This is to enable potentially interested persons to gather more information about the project and its results. 3. 8 . Figure 3 shows a screen shot of the private section’s start page.CompanionAble D11. The documents will be made available as soon as they become available. The “Partners” page lists the organisations involved in the CompanionAble project and provides links to sub-pages of the website describing each Partner and their role in the project in a more detailed way. and project dissemination material such as flyers. the “contacts” page contains the contact details of the Coordinator of the CompanionAble Project.3.6 Project Web Site Report Figure 2: Pictures Page The “public documents” page will provide information about all publicly available project deliverables as well as scientific publications from Partners.

CompanionAble D11. 9 .2. Document Templates. Upload and download of documents within the document library of WSS (windows share point service) Versioning of Documents At the moment there is one section for each work package. as well as a section for meeting (preparation).6 Project Web Site Report Figure 3: CompanionAble Web Site Private Section The private section provides services for collaboration and management of the project which are facilitated through the MS SharePoint characteristics. 3.1 Document Library One of the most important features for collaborative work is the Document Library “Shared CompanionAble Documents”.3. as depicted in Figure 4 which has the following facilities: • • • Document library of WSS (windows share point service) provides feature of shared documents. Administrative Material and final deliverables which have been submitted to the EC.

6 Project Web Site Report Figure 4: Shared CompanionAble Documents 3.2. • The Editor page provides the following edit boxes to make user profile o o o o o o o First name Last name Full name Email address Company Job title Business phone 10 .CompanionAble D11. The Contact feature (see Figure 5) provides the following facilities: • Adding contact information using the editor page.3.2 Contacts In order to achieve optimal collaboration between the Partners a contact list is provided where each Partner can enter the coordinates of their staff.

sort by attachment.CompanionAble D11.6 Project Web Site Report o o o o o o o o o o Home phone Mobile number Fax number Address City State Post code Country Webpage Notes • Filtering of the contact list using sort by location. sort by recurrence and sort by work space. sort by title. • Import and export functionality. • Change of layout of the list Figure 5: Contacts 11 .

ending time.2. title etc. Figure 6: Discussion Forum 3.3. end date. 12 .2. Features such as starting date. Each registered user can post new topics and reply to open issues.3.CompanionAble D11. Therefore the CompanionAble web site private section provides a discussion forum (as shown in Figure 6).6 Project Web Site Report 3. is available too.4 Events A calendar gives information about upcoming meetings. description of the event. deadlines and other important events in the private section.3 Discussion Experience shows that forums are an excellent tool for discussing technical matters and exchanging opinions and knowledge on topics of limited scope. The events can also be displayed as a list to give a conclusive overview. location and recurrence can be specified. Of course filtering features such as filtering by location. starting time. The events section is shown in Figure 7 and Figure 8.

CompanionAble D11.6 Project Web Site Report Figure 7: Events 13 .

6 Project Web Site Report Figure 8: Calendar 3.g. 14 . The alerts can be either on a level of immediate.2. In the Links sections Partners can post links to relevant websites. This provides an easy library of links for example to related European projects.2.5 Links and Announcements As can be seen in Figure 3 the starting page of the private section provides the features announcements and links.CompanionAble D11. etc. calls for papers or contributions etc.3. research organisations.6 Alerts For each of the items above Alerts can be enabled that send a notification by email if changes have been made. In the announcements section Partners can for example notify Partners of important events. e.3. or a new event has been added. or weekly notification. 3. Especially for discussions and shared documents the alerts have proven useful for Partners to stay informed and updated. daily. a new document has been uploaded. conferences. thus reducing the delay in the collaborative work.

whereas for the public section any part can be accessed but only the Administrator/Web Designer has the right to change anything. Contributor can add content to existing document libraries and lists.6 Project Web Site Report 4 Web Site Administration As already stated before. The back-up procedures for the SharePoint server at the University of Reading where the web site is being hosted implements a daily incremental backup. login name and password. 2. Microsoft SharePoint provides four different user roles to be assigned by the site administrator: 1. 4. as well as a weekly full backup and snap shot. i. The user data. Currently there is one Administrator/Web Designer. the rest of the users are Readers/Contributors. The user groups are only accessible in the private section. will then be transmitted to the new user for him to be able to access the private sections.e.CompanionAble D11. Partners send a request to the University of Reading contact point. Reader has read-only access to the web site. To add a new user. Web Designer can create lists and can change the design and layout of the web site 3. 15 . Administrator has full access to all parts of the website. the team of the University of Reading is responsible for updating and administrating the CompanionAble project web site.

CompanionAble. The website is one of the main communication platforms to disseminate the results of the project and to promote the research carried out by the Consortium members.e.http://www. meaning that content is constantly updated. It has described the information contained in the publicly accessible section as well as the functionalities and features of the sections accessible only to the project Partners. Therefore the website is under continuous development. Accordingly the report has set out the functions and features offered by the website design to cater for i) Dissemination of the project results to the external public ii) Collaborative working within the Consortium.CompanionAble D11. has introduced the website representing the CompanionAble project i.6 Project Web Site Report 5 Conclusion This document. 16 . and. D11.net.6 Project Website Report. iii) Exclusive area for Partner only access to internal project information. the design is adjusted to the needs and requirements of the users.