July 10, 2000

Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Study Day

10 July 2000

The Centre for Cross Border Studies organised a series of workshops for invited Study Groups of 20-30 practitioners and academics in the main areas covered by its mapping study of North/South co-operation.

The seminar on Information and Communication Technology took place at the Centre for Cross Border Studies, Armagh, and at The Market Place Theatre and Arts Centre, Armagh, on 7 September 2000. Invitations were sent to key individuals in universities and teacher training centres, government departments, trade unions, educational NGOs and other relevant organisations, and a list of those who attended is given below.

To encourage open discussion it is planned to hold the event under the Chatham House rule, which means that views expressed by individuals will not be attributed to them in any publication about the event (without their express consent). The Centre departs slightly from the rule in disclosing the identity of participants, but it may not be assumed that anyone present agreed with any or all of what was said.


09:45 Tea/coffee
10:15 Information Age Initiative (Northern Ireland) Professor Fabian Monds (Chair)
10:30 Information Society Commission(Republic of Ireland) Ms Brenda Boylan
10:45 The cross-border evolution of Telecom Technologies: Current Trends and Near-Future ImplicationsProfessor Fionn Murtagh, QUB and Dr John Keating, NUI Maynooth
11:00 Tea/coffee
11.30 Choice of two workshops:
1) E-commerce: Is it a technology or a business strategy? How well are we dealing with the expressed concerns of businesses? Are our e-commerce campaigns too advanced? Should development agencies North and South be facilitating businesses to develop in both jurisdictions?2) Social Inclusion: Have the social benefits of ICT been forgotten in favour of an economic focus? Are marginalised groups becoming more disadvantaged in the Information Age? How can wider-based community involvement be achieved?
12:45 Lunch
13:45 Choice of two workshops:
3) Partnership between Industry and Academia: Are we doing enough to support the process of partnership? Is the ICT industry developing too fast for traditional or effective collaboration with academia?4) Multimedia and the Arts: Have the governments recognised the impact of creative industries to the economy? Is there a need for alternative business models to bring creativity and commerce together?
15:00 Tea/coffee
15:30 Report back from workshops
16:00 Final discussion (chaired by Professor Monds) on future research and policy priorities
17:00 Close


Andrew Reid NI Film Commission
Andy Pollak Director, Centre for Cross Border Studies
Brenda Boylan Information Society Commission
Brendan Murphy IT Director, FAS
Ciarán Ó Maoláin Researcher, Centre for Cross Border Studies
Professor Dermot Diamond Research Director, BEST Centre, DCU
Dermot Mc Carthy Sec General to the Government, Department of the Taoiseach
Dermot O Doherty Trade and Business Development Body
Edward Friel Regional Development Office, UU
Professor Fabian Monds Information Age Initiative and Pro Vice Chancellor,UUM
Professor Fionn Murtagh Professor of Computer Science, QUB
Frank Vaughan Chief Executive, National Council for Curriculum and Assessment
Dr Gerard O’Connor National Centre for Laser Applications, NUI Galway
Harry Hamill Business Planning and Information Strategy Manager, BT
Helen McQuillan Research Manager, Eircom Ennis Information Age Town
Ina Mc Crumlish Co-ordinator, Louth/ Enniskillen Opportunities Project
Irene Cackett Managing Director, Nevada tele.com
Joe McCormack Telework Ireland (TWI)
Dr John Keating Snr Lecturer in Computer Science, NUI Maynooth
John Boland Chief Executive, HEAnet Ltd
Professor John Hegarty Dean of Research, Trinity
Liam Nellis Trade and Business Development Body
Liam Bradley Trade & Business Development Body
Mairéad Hughes Administrator,Centre for Cross Border Studies
Martin Melarkey Director, The Nerve Centre
Professor Mary Chambers Co-ordinator of NI Centre for Health Informatics, UUC
Mary Corrigan Management Services Department, NW Health Board
Michael Clarke Asst. Principal, E-business Unit, Dept. of Enterprise, Trade and Employment
Dr Norman Aspley Chief Executive, Northern Ireland Science Park
Dr Pat Mc Laughlin Head of School of Engineering, Institute of Technology Tallaght
Dr Patricia Clarke Researcher, Centre for Cross Border Studies
Professor Paul Jeffcutt Director of Management Knowledge Centre, QUB
Sarah Quilty Cross-Connect Project Manager, UUM
Seamus Cleary Carrickfergus Enterprise Agency
Sharon Rolson Trade and Business Development Body
Tom Edgar Head of the NI Technology Centre, QUB
Tom Daly ACTION, NW Health Board, Manorhamilton
Representative Baltimore Technologies
Representative North/South Ministerial Council
Representative North/South Ministerial Council
Dr Ricky Rankin Manager Parallel Computing Centre, QUB
Gerry McGuikin TSC Consultant
George Briggs Institute of Business Advisors
Eddie Lynch Northern Ireland Growth Challenge
Philip Mawhinney Northern Ireland Growth Challenge
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