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INFO GENERATION – Development Program for Youth Information

Research project I2/2F/204 (Research action I2)


Contract I2/2F/204 :

Duration of the contract :

1/10/2005-30/9/2007

Partners :

  • Infor Jeunes Tournai asbl (Coordinator of the project)
  • Fédération Infor-Jeunes Wallonie-Bruxelles asbl 
  • Centre d’Information et de Documentation pour Jeunes asbl 
  • Infor Jeunes asbl (Schaerbeek) 
  • Ministère de la Communauté française 
  • Info AG asbl 
  • In Petto vzw 
  • Centre Socialiste d’Education Permanente asbl 
  • Université de Liège 
  • Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix 

Description :

The aim of Info Generation is to develop the collaboration of the main protagonists in youth information (see Appendix 1: Composition of the partnership) in producing information within and between the country’s 3 linguistic communities. It also covers research into compatibility between their tools and techniques, mutual development of their practices and greater recognition of young people’s need for information.
This project, designed at the initiative of the 4 French-speaking applicative partners combining their administrative supervision, is based on cooperation set up previously, which ran into serious operational difficulties. The essential basis of the first phase of the project was the analysis of what was already in place for meeting young people’s information needs, how the partners were organised, and their IT systems. The possibilities of pooling practices and IT resources were considered during a lengthy process of integration, of which details were to be produced during the first phase. Having learned from their earlier experience, the partners decided not to predetermine in detail the final aims of the cooperation they wanted to become involved in. At most they would announce the redeployment of the Internet gateway common to the French-speaking partners developed simultaneously with the submission of the project … and then abandoned.

On completion of Phase 1, within the framework of the intermediate aims the partners had set themselves to stimulate the emergence of practices between organizations and between communities, Info Generation designed a four-language guide for young visitors as part of the European Infomobil project coordinated by the ERYICA Agency. Info Generation has also developed a mini-site for Brussels, a bilingual showcase of youth information on Brussels, a database of educational tools supporting youth information, and has also produced a common system of management of information content, permitting pooling of experience between those informing young people, which can be used in the form of a mind map, as well as a system of exploitation of the resources available on the net, classified qualitatively according to their relevance for the professionals.
These tools will be integrated in phase 2 in the Info Generation collaborative platform in the process of being set up.
The audience for youth information professionals, defined by the partnership as a priority target, will be called to set up a real virtual community, which will be opened up at the end of the project to wider circles of social intermediaries, even including some services for the general public. Finally, if the partners have to mobilise the necessary resources for the reinforcement and continuation of the project, they will also, especially on the French-speaking side, have to improve the definition of their commitment to complementarities and non-competition in undertaking greater pooling of the information produced.


- Contact person (project's coordinator):

Infor Jeunes Tournai asbl
Jean-Luc Bouquelle - Julie Berteyn
Rue Saint-Martin 6
7500 Tournai
Phone : 069 22 92 22
Fax : 069 84 14 14
tournai@inforjeunes.be


PARTNERSHIP

Coordinator Infor Jeunes Tournai asbl

Partner 1 Fédération Infor Jeunes Wallonie-Bruxelles asbl

Partner 2 Centre d’Information et de Documentation pour Jeunes asbl (CIDJ)

Partner 3 Infor Jeunes asbl (Schaerbeek)

Partner 4 Ministère de la Communauté française – Direction générale de la culture

Partner 5 Info AG asbl

Partner 6 In Petto vzw

Partner 7 Centre Socialiste d’Education Permanente asbl (CESEP)

Partner 8 Université de Liège – Laboratoire d’Etudes sur les Nouvelles Technologies de l’Information et le Changement (ULg-LENTIC)

Partner 9 Facultés Universitaires Notre-Dame de la Paix – Centre de Recherche en Informatique et Droit (FUNDP-CRID)


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