Amitié was created in 1991 as a part of a University-Enterprise
Training Partnership in the framework of COMETT Programme, sponsored
by the European Commission. As a training research centre, Amitiť
aims to promote training activities in software and information
technology in the European Community, mainly addressing the Less
Favoured Regions of Europe. Its main objectives are:
- to identify training and technology needs;
- to launch actions to increase awareness of the strategic importance
for industry and commerce;
- to set up an infrastructure for university-enterprise exchanges
and to promote the training of trainers;
- to create working groups in specific industrial sectors to
study the possible applications of software and information technology.
Amitié organise a high number of research and dissemination
activities, concerning the awareness of enterprises about the introduction
of new technologies in the cultural field. Seminars, courses and
information days are continuously organised in order to promote
the developed projects and products. Amitiť intends to strengthen
the exploiting of new multimedia technologies, by offering practical
demonstrations of the extant multimedia products and providing the
users with information services. Amitiť activities are addressed
to target groups active in the economic field, in particular SMEs,
but also to young people in-training, either providing methodological
supports, teaching materials and training courses, or orientating
towards the best resources to satisfy their information needs. The
Amitiť training activity is based on the open and distance learning,
which has the purpose to overcome the traditional role of the classroom
in the training process, helping to individualise every course.
Relying on the student's motivations, each course creates an open
and flexible system, where a particular relief is assigned to the
tutor, who has the function to follow the students during the phases
of the training activity.
Amitié has been co-ordinating the Italian node of the MIDAS-NET
network, promoted by the INFO2000 Programme of the European Commission,
focusing on the cultural sector. Starting from 1995, it launched
a series of awareness, training and dissemination activities together
with the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage, focusing on the
use of new technologies in the book sector. Some references on projects
carried out by Amitiť are:
- ASCESI - analysis and anticipation of training needs and new
professions in the book sector.
- COMPACT - development of a Manual of Best Practice to market
training actions in the field of electronic information.
- CREMISI - developing of training courses addressed to librarians
and providing libraries with multimedia services.
- MIDAS-NET - information services in order to create new markets
by stimulating multimedia demand at European level.
- MUSIC - development of multimedia training materials on software,
information and communications technology.
- NEW BOOK ECONOMY - development and test of multimedia training
materials and analysis of new professions in the book sector.