Multilingualism for jobs mobility, but not only

On November 17, the Council of the European Union issued conclusions on language competences to enhance mobility. In the document the Council not only addresses multilingualism for jobs mobility but also mentions the importance to foster better use of language competences as a mean of increasing the competitiveness of EU business, and especially that of small and medium-sized enterprises. In this context, the Council welcomes the work of the Business Platform for Multilingualism of which EMF is a member of the Steering Committee, and invites the European Commission to further pursue its support and stakeholder initiatives of this kind.

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Implementing eCompetence Framework into ICT SMEs

As a result of the « eCF into SMEs » project, the document “Implementing eCompetence Framework into ICT SMEs” focuses on the issues raised by the implementation of the eCompetence Framework in ICT SMEs. It also addresses the issue of moving SMEs towards a greater awareness of their e-competence needs and e-certification opportunities. The document has been carried out in the framework of the CEN WS ICT Skills with funding from the European Commission.

The document contains the following outcomes:

-The current set of ICT SME e-CF competences and levels with possible language simplifications
-A tool for e-competence need analysis within ICT SMEs that will replace the semi-structures questionnaire as new release shared and adjusted with SMEs
-An e-Certification chart example based on e-CERT method connecting ICT SMEs e-DF competences to e-certifications available on the market (both proprietary and open source)
-A synthetic document with conclusions of interviews within SMEs
-Overall considerations on costs of e-competence formal recognition (i.e. e-certification) for SMEs.

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More trainings about e-jobs

Trainings in the field of e-jobs are increasing each day. More and more students are trained in this field, nevertheless on the companies side (specially SME under 20 employees who represent more than 80% of non-public employment ) still express difficulties to recruit employees they need !

Universities and training organisations teach mainly knowledge, which is of course the basics of the work. But in addition, in a recruitment process candidates have to show and to prove that they have more than knowledge ! they have to prove that they can increase the revenue of the company. Key points for recruiting, on the company side is a balance between the « best employee » and the less risked one ! Recruiters make arbitrage between those two main issues ! For that they evaluate things such as team spirit, attention to details and precision, communication and cooperation with members of the team and with custommers and partners. To have, and to show effectivly a « custommer orientation » is decisive according to the results of the studies of the E-jobs-Observatory. More detailled issues are available in french language on Le Cerle Les Echos.

François Adoue
Credit photo http://www.photo-libre.fr

Present and future of the Internet Content Curation

Curation is already becoming an overused word. The way in which we discover content that we like and how it gets in front of us is changing radically durign the last years. We descrived the Internet Curator´s role in our Blog post on April 2011 as someone who seek on the web information related to a specific domain, filter them, select them, organise and present them. In few months the Curation is adopting new roles and different Curation pillars have been descrived:

1. Algorithmic curation:- We see stuff because a technological process interprets, anticipates, or predicts our needs. Obvious examples include Google personalising search results through what else it knows about us, or serving ads based on the context of the content that surrounds them, or Facebook Edgerank interpreting which content out of all that which is posted by our connections is important to us, and Amazon recommending products to us based on what it knows about our purchase history and that of thousands of others.
2. Professional curation:- we see stuff because a skilled editor or commisioner uses their insight into a particular audience to determine what might interest us. It’s the granddaddy of curation and there remains huge value in this.
3. Social curation:- we see stuff because we, our friends, or a wider audience think it’s good/relevant. Social curation has been around for years (tagging and voting on social bookmarking services, ranking by ratings, Twitter lists, Google+ circles). But the applications are becoming more sophisticated all the time. The Guardian Zeitgiest prototype for example, combines social analytics (how many people shared specific pieces of content across the site, or commented) with web analytics (referrals, how many people have looked at it/read it) to create « a visual record of what people are currently finding interesting on guardian.co.uk at the moment ». [Source: Only dead fish]

What will be the future of the Content Curation?Are we approaching to the semantic web or Web 3.0?

Related information: New internet job : Curator.

Innovation for E-Participation – international conference in Poznań, Poland 16/11/2011

Innovation for E-Participation – report from international conference held in Poznań, Poland. On 16th November 2011 an international conference « Innovation for E-Participation  » took place, which preceded the sixth European Ministerial Conference and Exhibition on e-Government egov2011PL, which was held on 17-18 November 2011.

The conference was attended by nearly 200 international participants, some of the delegates to the Ministerial Conference, and partly out of individuals dealing with Pan-European associations of innovation, electronic business and electronic administration.
« In these times we need to learn how to build a culture of innovation, to make it a strong force behind economic development. Polish Agency for Enterprise Development, as a public institution, which conducts an evaluation of the implemented programs to support innovation of Polish enterprises, is prepared to discuss the next financial perspectives for 2014-2020. We can define the most effective mechanisms to support innovation in business and the administration « – said Bozena Lublińska.
Direct links to key presentations (in English) used during lecture are located below. All presentations from conference can be downloaded here.

International conference „Innovation for e-Participation”, Poznań
Innovations for eGovernment participation – Harry van Dorenmalen Chairman IBM Europe Innovations for eGovernment participation - Harry van Dorenmalen Chairman IBM Europe
E-Participation: real life projects – Ivar Tallo Founder and Member of the Board eGovernance Academy Ivar Tallo - E-Participation: real life projects Founder and Member of the Board eGovernance Academy
Innovation for e-Participation – Michał Jaworski National Technology Officer Microsoft Poland Innovation for e-Participation - Michał Jaworski National Technology Officer Microsoft Poland
Cloud Computing as an enabling platform for eParticipation – Vincenzo Gianferrari Pini Chairman GoCloud Cloud Computing as an enabling platform for eParticipation - Vincenzo Gianferrari Pini Chairman GoCloud

Internet industry deals well with financial crisis!

Internet industry doesn’t suffer from financial crysis. According to the IAB Adex study, conducted by PwC, the value of the Polish market of online advertising in the first half of 2011 amounted to almost billion zł. It is about a quarter more than in the corresponding period of last year. Video Advertising also increased its strength, as well as the expenditures for product advertising.

Report of the IAB survey conducted by PwC Adex indicates that the value of the online advertising market in Poland in the first half of 2011 amounted to 942 million zł, which – compared to 741 million zł recorded during the first six months of 2010 – is an increase of 201 million zł. Taking into account the results of previous studies it has to be stated that the upward trend in this sector still persists.

Taking into account the structure of Internet advertising the most important channel of advertising is graphics ad with 40% share in the first half of 2011. On the following locations were, respectively: marketing search engines (SEM – 34%), advertisements (18%) and e-mail (7%). All ad types recorded increases.

Social science: Fancy building your own social network?

« HSBC develops secret plan for ‘own version of Facebook' » said the headline from communications industry publication PR Week. The magazine claimed to have a leaked pitch document that laid out the banking giant’s plans to create their own social network to rival the likes of Facebook.

The story was picked up by several newspapers and across the internet to a mixed reception. Or « Doomed » as one commenter on the original article predicted. So it’s perhaps just as well that the bank says things are not quite what they seem. « There are no plans for the bank to introduce a social network », says James Thorpe, a spokesperson for HSBC.

According to Mr Thorpe the procurement department had decided the bank needed a list of preferred suppliers for social media services and had drawn up the document mentioned above. It got into the wrong hands and was misconstrued.

« Although your bank’s website might not seem like a natural fit for a place to share pictures of your cat, that doesn’t necessarily mean that niche social networks, or community platforms as they’re often known, have no place in your business plan », says Fiona Graham Technology of business reporter, BBC News. More

What is the key issue from this article, is how social networks, or community platforms become more important in the business world, in the implied need to have qualified people in the field of eJobs.