Research in Social Media: How the EC Facilitates R&D Innovation

  • Loretta AnaniaEmail author
Part of the Computer Communications and Networks book series (CCN)


PetaMedia might be remembered as one of the ‘last of the Mohicans’ in that ‘Networks of Excellence’ of its kind are an endangered species, as far as EU contracts go. Collaborative R&D projects in the EU framework programmes are a proven and effective instrument to address scientific and societal problems, reinforcing global competitiveness as part of a single ‘European Research Area’. PetaMedia was given a grant to ‘spread excellence’ and to achieve a ‘lasting integration’ both fruitful and collaborative in nature. On average NoE grants had 11 separate organizations signing the contract, but PetaMedia had just four ‘core’ partners and other loosely tethered ‘affiliated partners’. Their goal was to co-operate as part of a ‘Virtual Centre of Excellence’ that would attract the most ingenious researchers in the area of peer-to-peer networking and tagged media (hence the acronym, which French speakers found peculiar).


European Research Area Deep Packet Inspection Social Media Application Internet Economy Future Internet Architecture 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Scientific Officer at DG ConnectEuropean CommissionBrusselsBelgium

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