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ISTAGInformation Society Technologies Advisory Group
ISTAGInformation Society Technologies Advisory Group (European Commission)
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The four scenarios that were developed in the 2001 ISTAG report underscored this view.
To elaborate on that point, in 2002, ISTAG introduced the notion of Ambient Intelligent Space, that is, the seamless connection and interoperability between different AmI environments such as home, work, school and car.
ISTAG has realised that all of this is not trivial, and certainly not only technical.
In 2003 ISTAG still believed that AmI could only be fully developed by a holistic approach encompassing technical, economic and social research.
In short, the ISTAG vision strongly emphasises the need for AmI to be driven by humanistic concerns, in contrast with the technologically deterministic tendency of mainstream vision building.
The design guidelines proposed by ISTAG (2001) in its scenario exercise are situated at the generic sociocultural, economic and political level.
In its latest reports, ISTAG (2003a, 2003b) also acknowledges this challenge and proposes the concept of EARCs as a possible way of addressing it.
ISTAG (2001) sees new skills arising in relation to social know-how and information manipulation.
Experience and Application Research Centres (EARCs) are a new approach promoted by ISTAG to take into account functional, technical, social, economic and cultural requirements via prototyping.