The e-Tourism Initiative focuses on the development and implementation of ICT-based tools

Launched at the eleventh UNCTAD quadrennial ministerial conference in São Paulo, Brazil, the E-Tourism Initiative is part of UNCTAD’s task force on sustainable tourism for development.

The Initiative is part of the UNCTAD XI Information and Communication Technologies  for Development Partnership. This partnership encompasses activities in the areas of free and open-source software, e-tourism, ICT policies, e-measurement, ICT indicators and e-finance.

Linking sustainable tourism and ICTs for development, the demand-driven E-Tourism Initiative will strengthen developing country capacities to promote their tourism product and dynamically match it to worldwide demand.

The Initiative focuses on the development and implementation of ICT-based tools that will help communities tap the international market by strengthening and including local institutional and human capacities in the global market and promoting local involvement and ownership.

The E-Tourism Initiative is part of UNCTAD’s technical cooperation activities.

Green IT : The squared circle

More and more companies and organisations over the world want to move to a more « Green » approach of their business but for this they need well trained and qualified employees and it is where the system lacks.
Several reasons can push a company or an organisation to become more « Green »: To be more planet friendly as it is more and more important for citizens and specially for our children. To appear more « Green » to customers and public drives more customers and increase business and benefits. The example of Mc Donald’s turning his logo from red to green is a good illustration. Also becoming more green decreases the energy charges for the company as well as decease the cost of waste re treatment. Facebook for example plan to build new data centers in Scandinavia as for cooling the computers, you just need to « open the window » (of course this is an image…) By this way the electricity costs of the company decrease strongly.
For « Greening » companies or organisations is needed to employ competent and qualified « Green » professionals. Unfortunately there are very few « Green » specialists available on the job market and few are trained by Universities and VET providers.
We also have to recognise that the profile of a « Green » specialist is not obvious ! They need to have a strong technical basis, and moreover to have strong transversal and « soft skills » competences. We can point out some difficulties of the job : To deal with change resistance in the company or organisation is something who need strong communication competences, leadership, sense of teaching, anticipation of difficulties …
If technical skills are easy to identify and to assess, soft skills and specially interpersonal skills are difficult to evaluate and by the way difficult to train. This is mainly done by working experience , but can also be trained by VET providers if well identify and well assessed.
European Commission has stated that « Green » jobs and specially « Green IT » is one of the most important engines of European comptitivity, EU co-fund different EU projects in different frameworks to solve this problem. R&D projects are co-funded in a large scale as well supporting Vocational Training improvement . GRIN-CH project supported by LLP program aim to identify the most important jobs to support the industry, to define them in accordance with European Qualification Framework (EQF) and e-Competences framework (e-CF) and compatible with ECVET (to allow employees and students mobility.
5 Professional profiles have been drafted, and are now under evaluation by professionals , then will be officially published by the e-Jobs Observatory . Training guidelines for VET providers will be issued and published.
Source : In French language : Le Monde – Planète plus intelligente

Towards a European Quality Label for ICT Industry Training and Certifications

On 24 January 2013 the Representation of the Free State of Bavaria to the European Union opened its doors to welcome leading stakeholders in the field of e-Skills, who discussed how industry-based training and certification can contribute to reduce ICT skills shortages and unemployment. Solutions for achieving greater clarity and orientation support through the ICT education and training landscape together with latest data on ICT skills demand and supply developments and forecasts (2012 – 2020) were presented.
Highlight of the conference was the presentation of a proposal for a pan-European quality label by Terry Hook, Managing Director of Clock-IT-Skills and member of the founding team that created the European e-competence framework. Furthermore, the first prototype of an online support tool for ICT practitioners and stakeholders such as human resources managers was demonstrated.

Europe urgently needs the right jobs and skills

Many people today worry about the economic climate we’re in, and where the jobs are going to come from. But as the tide of unemployment rises, there’s still at least one island of hope – jobs for ICT practitioners, where demand is still strong, and growing. From 2006 to 2010, ICT graduates actually shrank by 10%; pretty soon, Europe could face one million unfilled ICT jobs. At a time of unemployment – wouldn’t that be absolutely crazy?
Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission, wants to set out some more details on how we plan to boost Europe’s competitiveness – and fill tomorrow’s ICT jobs – with help from the private sector and others:
« If we don’t act, we’re not just letting down our citizens; we’re denting our productivity and competitiveness.  Businesses won’t have the human capital to prosper in the digital age, multinationals will go elsewhere, and European workers are missing out on a great hope.« 
This is the reason why EU has to work with the private sector, from education and training providers, all kinds of public authorities to solve this problem. In the World Economic Forum, Neelie Kroes will outline the following key ideas: training programmes that match skills needs; making mobility easier across the EU; certification; and raising awareness to attract more people to this exciting career path.

Green ICT for Sustainable Consumption in Europe: Experts Explore Potentials and Trends

More than 50 international specialists discuss mega-trends, including Smart Grids and Cloud Computing attended the 2nd multinational knowledge brokerage event “green ict for sustainable consumption?” held in Vienna in January 2013. 
Modern Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) can have a great influence on shaping a more sustainable world. The mega-trends Cloud Computing and Smart Systems in the areas of energy, transport and housing, have the potential to substantially reduce environmental impacts and, thus, green Europe’s future. The time to adjust the future development of these technologies is now, say Europe’s leading ICT- specialists.

Google invest 1 billion dollars in renewable energy

Google has invested 200 millions  dollars to by a wind electricity farm in Texas in Spinning Spur Wind Project by buying this winf farm from the french electricity producer EDF. It is a 70 turbine plant who produce since end 2012 161 Megawatt. Google owns since 2010 10 electricity farms from wind and from solar to feed his 8 datacenters in US for a total of investments of 1 billion dollars and a production of 2 Gigawatt (twice production of a  nuclear plant)
Google is one of the most investing company in the world for Green IT and received from Greenpeace the Cool IT award 2012.
This is one part of the Google Green IT policy, this also include processes and devices specially designed to improve an energy efficiency in all settlements from the company.

Un label Européen pour les organismes de formation aux métiers de l’Internet

François Adoue, President of the e-Jobs Observatory wrote in the online newspaper Les Echos.fr an article about the European Label of Excellence provided by the Observatory. 
Depuis 10 ans l’Observatoire Européen des métiers de l’Internet analyse les besoins des entreprises en matière de compétences. Les profils professionnels sont analysés au niveau européen, et publiés accompagnés de recommandations aux organismes de formation. Un label européen de qualité vient d’être mis en place pour valoriser les organismes de formation en accord avec le marché de l’emploi.
Dans le monde des métiers de l’Internet européen, d’un coté les entreprises déclarent avoir des difficultés à trouver les compétences dont elles ont besoin sur le marché du travail. D’un autre côté de nombreux jeunes diplômés ou personnes sortant de formation professionnelle ont toutes les peines du monde à trouver un emploi. L’Observatoire International des Métiers de l’Internet regroupe des organismes de formation, des entreprises, des associations professionnelles, et analyse depuis plus de 10  les métiers tels qu’ils sont exercés en Europe : quelles compétences techniques et non techniques. Une dizaine de profils de fonction ont été publiés accompagnés de recommandations pour les organismes de formation.

Communicate! Network! Know the IT!

Communicate! Network! Know the IT! – According to CIOs, those are the most relevant requirements for young professionals to become successful in the IT industry. In addition to this, working at the weekend or in the evening is not unusual in order to become a CIO. This requires an efficient time management, dedication, and real appreciation of ones work. This is nothing, everyone is willing and able to give…

Track people’s eye movements is not SF, it is Eye Tribe

A company launched in 2011 by four graduates of the IT University of Copenhagen may have unlocked « a billion dollar industry » by developing software that enables users to control and interact with their tablet computers or mobile device just by looking at it.

Eye Tribe has developed technology that can automatically track people’s eye movements as they view websites or play games. This is done via a tiny webcome and infrared LED that can be integrated into the front-facing camera of a smart phone or tablet computer. Captured images are then analysed using computer-vision algorithms. « Our software can then determine the location of the eyes and estimate where you’re looking on the screen with an accuracy good enough to know which icon you’re looking at », says the company’s website. 
The company has already won a slew of prestigious awards, starting with Scandinavia’a Venture Cup, which champions start-ups in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden. It claims to be in talks with a handful of major smartphone and tablet manufacturers and hopes to have its first eye-controlled device on the market in 2013. 
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