Thursday, December 31, 2009

2009: a great year for community

An important year for reaches its end. In 2009, the Euroalert community has established itself throughout Europe and this year has also been full of achievements that we have wanted to share with you from this blog, because our success is also yours.

We began the year announcing you that had become a case study in the book Web 2.0: The Business Model. . This book on business models in Web 2.0 by U.S. publisher Springer devoted the chapter "Doing business by selling free services" to Euroalert, to describe the innovative features of our business model that allow us to offer you daily and free of charge the best information contents about the European Union.

This has not been the only time that has served as an example or case study: in autumn and we gave you the news that, invited by the spanish Ministry of Industry, we were participating in a round table on Open Government that took place in FICOD 09 , the International Forum of Digital Contents. "O-gov: creating value through the reuse of public sector information" was the title of the round table in which José Luis Marín talked about how in we approach public information generated by the community institutions to the user in several countries in Europe , processing it and redistributing it through our innovative technology.

In June, we changed the appearance of to accommodate it to a new service: the section on trade opportunities with European Multilateral Organizations, with which continued growing in information contents. Since then, also offers tenders and contracts published by EuropeAid , publishes business opportunities and contracts of the European Investment Bank (EIB), and the EBRD Tenders and Contracts.

In summer, we boosted our corporate social responsibility while announcing that we became sponsors of the football team of the Colegio La Salle de Valladolid, who wears sweaters with the logo of But this announcement came shortly before a trip that was very important for us: the one we did in October to attend the Open Days 2009 in Brussels, where we had the opportunity to cover numerous events and met a good number of community members of Euroalert.

The fact is that this year we have travelled a lot. We wanted services to be known throughout Europe, and that is why we did not only go to Brussels to attend to the biggest event in European cities and regions, but we've been almost every month in the Belgian capital for various reasons, including our assistance to the Information Day Objective 1.2 ICT in FP7 of the European Union, with the aim of promoting the participation of in some of the consortia that were being formed for Call 5 of the Seventh Framework Program.

The portuguese capital has been another of our stops. Shortly before leaving for the Open Days, we told you that we were going to Lisbon as well as to promote the services of and visiting multiple subscribers, as part of the business delegation of Castile and Leon who accompanied Juan Vicente Herrera on his trip to our neighboring country and participated in business meetings organized by ADE International EXCAL, the Junta de Castilla y León agency for external promotion.

In fact, the result of this trip was another achievement of this year: the agreement for the distribution of services in Portugal through Infosistema Company.

Follow Euroalert on TwitterOn the other hand, if last year and created our Facebook page, this year we took the leap to Twitter, where you can follow updates from all contents of Euroalert, although so far only for the international version.

Our successes are your successes. Thanks for all you've got with us this year, and we sincerely hope that next year you will continue giving us many more successes. We have many surprises and new servives ready to make Euroalert even more useful for you all in 2010.


Wednesday, December 23, 2009 now in Twitter!!

In we are always up to the minute. It has been a year since we announced you from this blog that we had created our fan page on Facebook.

Now we go a step further and begin using the microblogging service that has even generated a new language: of course, we are talking about, where has opened a new channel of communication with the community.

Follow Euroalert on Twitter Following us on Twitter you will find the headlines of daily news, the community programmes published on OJEU and calls for proposals as soon as we elaborate them for Euroalert just as they are published in the Official Journal of the European Union.

You can now follow our tweets, as you follow our Facebook page and thus we will have one more way to interact with you, to collect and understand your views on the current European affairs and, as always with, to keep abreast of the latest news happening in Europe. The Swedish Presidency of the EU is already following our tweets!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Euroalert keeps on crossing borders ... together with Infosistema in Portugal

In September we announced you that Euroalert went to Lisbon to attend meetings and events of the business delegation of Castilla y León that accompanied the President of the Junta de Castilla y León, Juan Vicente Herrera, to the Portuguese capital.

In that mission we had the opportunity to promote EU information services: business opportunities in the public sector and community funding, in the business meetings that ADE Internacional EXCAL, the external trade promotion Agency of the Junta of Castilla y Leon, had organized.

Well, as a result of our expedition to our neighbour country, we have reached an agreement for the distribution of services in Portugal through the company Infosistema, with whom we share important values such as commitment to innovation and value creation for our customers. Thus, the service that we provide to Euroalert subscribers in Portugal will be improved thanks to a much closer presence and to the local knowledge that the team of Infosistema will provide us.

As always, we want you to feel participants in this new success in Euroalert expansion, because when advances and overcomes another barrier, alll of you jump with us. Thank you so much for this new jump!!

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Europe around blogs

As you know, in we bet for the blogosphere as a communication tool that uses the possibilities of the Internet to publish ideas in a mass medium, and this is a way of democratizing information and opinion in a global society.

Therefore, from we crawled the web looking for new blogs where you can expand your vision on the European Union and its present, and we have updated and expanded Euroalert blogs directory. It compiles both personal blogs and general information and institutional blogs, all of them with the common characteristic of having the European Union as its main axis.

If you write or follow a blog about the EU and want to appear in our directory, please contact us and we will visit it. We will review it for review before inclusion in a future update Euroalert blogs directory.