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1980, by European Commission (EC). Came under the umbrella of DG XIII/E (Directorate General for Telecommunications, Information Market and Exploitation of Research) which is responsible, amongst other things, for the development of the European information market. Originally a support service of the previous European Network for Scientific and Technical Information (EURONET DIANE). Ceased to exist in Sep 1998.


Provide objective multilingual information about European Community information services; give guidance and training to users via a network of National Awareness Partners, emphasizing areas where access to electronic information is not common; act as an outlet for advanced information services.

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Provides: information and documentation for both direct access via the ECHO host and Internet access via the I*M-Europe WWW server; a multimedia demonstration and awareness service; a pointer to multimedia information in Europe; interactive information exchange on the I*M-Europe server; user guidance and support; coordination of, and support for, the INFO2000 Network of Multimedia Information Demonstration and Support (MIDAS) nodes throughout the countries of the European Economic Area (EEA); a multilingual help desk service for the INFO2000 Programme, addressing enquiries about INFO2000 in particular and multimedia content and the European information market in general.

Databases: (i) User support: CCL-Train - Common Command Language Training Database; I*M Forum - service and consultancy companies and individuals; I*M Guide - Information Market Guide; News Online - ECHO facts for users, ECHO News archive, I*M News archive; I and T Magazine - Industry and Telecommunications Magazine; EUROLIB-PER - collective catalogue of periodicals; STOPPRESS. (ii) Research and Development: CORDIS. (iii) Language Industry: EURODICAUTOM - terminology database; THESAURI - structured vocabularies. (iv) Industry and economy: TED - Tenders Electronic Daily; ECOSOC Opinions - opinions of European Economic and Social Committee (EESC); BC-Net - innovation and technology database of Business Cooperation Network (BC-Net).


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Subjects *

  • Information
    • Information
  • Technology
    • Electronics

UN Sustainable Development Goals **



Last News Received

1. Dec 1998
* Subject classification is derived from the organization names and aims.
** UN SDGs are linked to the subject classification.

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