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< Contents ERCIM News No. 59, October 2004

COPRAS European Project Kick-off Meeting

COPRAS (Co-Operation Platform for Research And Standards) is a three-year Support Action under the European Commission's Information Society Technologies (IST) Programme, which objective is to improve the interface between research and standards. The members of the COPRAS consortium are the officially recognized European Standards organizations — CEN, CENELEC, ETSI, together with The Open Group and the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C).

The COPRAS project held its first kick-off meeting on 14 October at the CEN/CENELEC Meeting Centre in Brussels, together with a number of other European IST projects from call 1 of the 6th Framework Programme (FP6 IST), some of whose work COPRAS will try to make into international standards. People from various working groups inside the standards organisations that make up COPRAS were present to help those European projects develop a plan (a 'Standards Action Plan') for the standardization of their work and to couple each of them with a particular standards body and possibly couple to them to each other as well.