Commission launches « Licenses for Europe » urging industries to deliver innovative solutions for greater access to on-line content

The European Commission has launched on 4 February a structured stakeholder dialogue, jointly led by Commissioners Michel Barnier (Internal Market and Services), Neelie Kroes (Digital Agenda) and Androulla Vassiliou (Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth), to seek to deliver rapid progress in four areas through practical industry-led solutions.

As announced in the Communication on « Content in the Digital Single Market » published on 18 December 2012, these areas are: 
  • cross-border access and the portability of services 
  • user-generated content and licensing for small-scale users of protected material 
  • facilitating the deposit and online accessibility of films in the EU and 
  • promoting efficient text and data mining for scientific research purposes 

Curriculum reform in Europe: the impact of learning outcomes

The past decade has seen intense curriculum reform in vocational education in Europe. Learning outcomes now provide the foundation for curriculum design in all European countries seeking to make vocational training more attractive and responsive to leaners’ and labour market needs.

This Cedefop research paper, addressing 32 countries participating in Education and Training 2020, discusses different curriculum policies focusing on learning outcomes and examines the implications these have on teaching and learners’ assessment in initial VET. Conclusions propose key policy messages for effective curriculum design processes and curriculum delivery that may benefit learners.

Europe strives to hold back « digital brain drain »

With more than half of Spain’s and Greece’s young people jobless, those with in-demand digital skills are increasingly seeking work in stabler Austria, Germany and the Netherlands.

According to Fiona Fanning, the secretary general of the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies CEPIS, the increasing demand for skilled workers in the information and communications technology (ICT) sector in stabler economies is hampered not only by the lack of new entrants into the profession, but also by mismatches in competences that workers have today.

The lack of a common means to consistently understand and communicate ICT professional competencies and attractive career paths is considered one of the key reasons for this.

In March, the European Commission is set to launch a « Grand Coalition for Digital Jobs », outlining measures designed to increase job mobility, but also to rationalise training and certification in the sector to match skills to vacancies.

Seeking to resolve this challenge, the e-Competence Framework (e-CF) – a pan-European reference framework of ICT competences – will be recognised as a priority by the Grand Coalition.

The International Dimension of e-Skills and the Impact of Globalisation

Following the success of CEPIS work on e-Skills and ICT Professionalism to create a vision for a European Framework for ICT Professionalism, CEPIS is now taking part in a new project to study the international dimension of ICT professionalism and to assess the impact of globalisation on high-level e-skills requirements. Policy initiatives relating to ICT professionalism and best practices across the world will also be analysed. CEPIS will collaborate on this project with empirica, the Innovation Value Institute (IVI) and the International Data Corporation (IDC). 

Participate in the on-line consultation of the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF) v3.0

The European e-Competence Framework version 2.0 was published in November 2010 by the European Committee for Standardisation (CEN). It provides uniquely, a pan-European neutral reference for ICT professional competences across all industry sectors. The e-CF is part of the European Commission’s e-Skills Strategy for the 21st century. The next e-CF version 3.0 is planned for publication in Autumn 2013.
The European Committee for Standardisation (CEN) invites you to contribute to the update of the e-CF by participating in an on-line consultation. Participation has been invited to ICT professionals and stakeholders coming from:
  • ICT supply and demand (e.g. finance, trade, logistics…) industries 
  • ICT qualification and certification providers, both public (e.g. Higher Education) and private
  • Sector associations and trade unions
  • Public sector and policy makers
  • Consultancy and research 

Balázs-Diák won a Silver Seal of e-Excellence 2013

Balázs-Diák won a Silver Seal of e-Excellence 2013 for the brand of i-Doctum interactive educational software. This company gives students and teachers the tools they need to succeed and attain their goals. Our resources cover subject areas from K-12 that bridges the gap between students and content. It customizes unique learning content that fits with teacher’s goals.

The new area of i-Doctum content are the i-Touch (educational content apps for tables) and i-Doctum Lite software (interactive educational software for teachers and students) which were developed according to the renewed needs of modern education.

Developing Key Competences at School in Europe, Eurydice Report

« Better adapting European education and training systems to the  needs of our economy and modern society is at the centre of  education policy debate at both national and EU level. As we  work to overcome the effects of the economic and financial  crisis, the importance of skills for growth and prosperity has  been reaffirmed. »
This cross-country report has been produced in support of the European Commission’s Communication on Rethinking Education (European Commission 2012a). The main  objective of the report is to present the findings on some of the challenges that European countries face in the implementation of the key  competences approach, and to identify problem areas and common obstacles. Based on research evidence and national practices, the report will also outline a range of measures that have the potential to effectively address these challenges.

European Commission Launches Copyright Licensing Initiative

The European Commission has launched an initiative called “Licences for Europe” aimed at promoting copyright licences, as a next step in maintaining traditional copyright in light of new digital technologies.

Europeans “need content. Rich, vibrant online content is a big part of that digital economy,” Neelie Kroes, vice-president of the European Commission responsible for the Digital Agenda, said in a speech announcing the initiative on 4 February in Brussels. “[T]hat’s what ‘Licences for Europe’ is about – helping you capture all the benefits of a connected, competitive continent. Ultimately, I want Europeans to enjoy a wide choice of lawful digital content, wherever they are: and for that content to be rewarded.”
“So we are launching this initiative to show technology and copyright can go together,” she said. She predicated the initiative on her past message to the copyright industry that it must change to meet the digital age, not the other way around. She pointed to Spotify in Sweden as an adaptation that has led to almost no music piracy in that country.

« Europe urgently needs the right jobs and skills » – my mission in Davos

« 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. »
Neelie Kroes, Vice-President of the European Commission and European Commissioner for Digital Agenda, was in Davos for the World Economic Forum. While she was there, she set out details on how the European Commission plans to boost Europe’s competitiveness – and fill tomorrow’s ICT jobs – with help from the private sector and others. 

The 31 Winners of the prestigious European Seal of e-Excellence were published today

The names of the 31 Winners of the prestigious European Seal of e-Excellence were published today (5 February). The award ceremony takes place on the 5th March 2013 at 4.30PM at the Open Stage of the CeBIT in Hanover, Germany.
Created by EMF, the Forum of e-Excellence, the Seal is the public recognition for winners that they’ve translated an innovative idea into a valuable and bankable product/service that has an excellent track record in the market. These SMEs honored by this awards are the Big companies of tomorrow and will certainly look after high-skilled employees to develop their products or services all around the world.

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