May 6, 2013
When engaging deeply in any standardization project, as I have with the InLOC project, one is likely to get new insights into what standardization is, or should be. I tried to encapsulate this in a tweet yesterday, saying "Standardization, properly, should be the process of formulation and formalisation of the terms of collective commitment".
April 30, 2013
Today is the final day of the InLOC project — a European ICT Standardization Work Programme project I have been leading since November 2011. So a good day for an initial review and reflection. I blogged some previous thoughts on InLOC in November 2012 and February this year.
January 16, 2012
All of us in the learning technology standards community share the challenge of knowing who our real customers are. Discussion at the January CEN Workshop on Learning Technologies (WS-LT) was a great stimulus for my further reflection – should we be thinking more of national governments?
December 13, 2011
Several of us in CETIS have been to the CEN Workshop Learning Technologies (WS-LT), but as far as I know none yet to a closely related Workshop on ICT Skills. Their main claim to fame is the European e-Competence Framework (e-CF), a simpler alternative to SFIA (developed by the BCS and partners). It was interesting on several counts, and raises some questions we could all give an opinion on.
June 24, 2011
We had an IEC departmental meeting yesterday, with all kinds of interesting ideas being floated about how to move forwards. (For outsiders: the Institute for Educational Cybernetics is the department at Bolton that hosts CETIS). I'm now sure there is room for new development of an approach to technology dissemination that we could consider.
March 30, 2011
In mid March I spent several days at the ISO SC36 meeting in Strasbourg, an experience which was ... how can I say this ... frustrating. Let me give some background, explain my frustration, then offer ideas about causes and possible remedies.
January 18, 2011
At this useful meeting, on the premises of European Schoolnet, the question of e-portfolio information was introduced, and other business carried forward. Many of the familiar people were there. I turned out to be the only UK person. A bright new face was from Q&R, a Greek company contracted to CEDEFOP to do interesting things with their Europass web site.
January 6, 2010
eCOTOOL – eCOmpetences TOOLs – is a 2-year European project in which Bolton / CETIS are collaborating principally through me. We are producing an information model for the Europass Certificate Supplement (ECS), applied to training in the agricultural sector.
The kick-off meeting was in Essen, December 14th to 16th, and this post is an attempt to [...]
January 5, 2010
This serves a personal position statement for the CETIS Future of Interoperability Standards Meeting 2010-01-12
Why and how the Semantic Web
We want interoperability specifications and standards with a Semantic Web underlay,
because that is
the fundamental common denominator,
well-adapted to evolving systems,
good for reuse,
using and enabling a "linked data" strategy, with emphasis on:
with types of resource that are [...]
December 4, 2009
The CEN WS-LT Competency SIG discussions of a conceptual model for skill/competence/competency are still at the very interesting early stage where very many questions are open. What kind of model are we trying to reach, and how can we get to where we could get? Anything seems possible, including experiments with procedures and conventions to [...]