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eGOS

egoseGOS aimed at improving employability and guidance practitioners’ capacity building through the activities of a prototype service enabling the delivery of educational and vocational e-guidance services, also to cross-border mobility.

 

A multi-channel open source platform (WISP: Web-based Integrated Services Platform) enabled e-guidance, practitioners to deliver information, advice and help services by using different ICT-based tools such as video-conferencing, e-mail, chat-rooms, forums, etc.

 

The e-guidance services were accessible to final beneficiaries online on their home PC, from EG-kiosks placed in their living areas (traditional and/or PIK-type ones, equipped with solar panels and satellite connections) and from EG-stations within the tester partners’ or any associated organisation. The eGOS prototype has been jointly used with already existing traditional educational and vocational guidance services. Users who won’t use distance guidance activities received help and advice in a traditional way as always.

 

The delivered system is based on the integrated use of software, hardware and guidance contents’ supply.

 

–          Software. A multi-channel open source platform (WISP) enables the delivery of the eGOS guidance services by guidance practitioners and their use by final beneficiaries.

–          Hardware. Kiosks have been settled down in remote areas; in areas with few or no traditional guidance services; near public centres (i.e. employment centres, universities, etc.) in order to deliver guidance services after the closing time of the traditional guidance centres; within public centres where no practitioners give support to clients (i.e. sport centres, chambers of commerce, etc.).

–          Contents ’ supply. E-guidance practitioners were trained to deliver customised guidance services to their clients. Contents and communication fluxes have been managed through WISP.

 

The eGOS project started on November 2008 and finished on October 2011. It has been co-funded by the European Commission under the ICT Policy Support Programme (ICT PSP) as part of the Competitiveness and Framework Programme.

 

 

This project has been funded with support from the European Commission. This publication/ communication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.