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TC3 Newsletter 1/ 2007

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Dear IFIP friends, This is the 1/2007 Newsletter of IFIP Technical Committee 3 ( Education). TC3 Newsletter collects together and refreshes the essence of IFIP TC3 activities and we hope that it would serve you as a community building input. We are developing this channel of communications and also trying to keep it digested due to increasing information overload problem. So we continue knowledge sharing in our community.

The contents of this number are related to news from Chair and information about forthcoming events summer and fall 2007. In each number we also introduce key activities or key people while that is what IFIP is, committed working professionals for joint objectives andinternational collaboration. This newsletter raises up two important IFIP-level activities in which TC3 is involved i.e. The Agora Initiative and the Global IT Professionalism Initiative

Find more information from our Newsletter about on-going TC3 activities and people behind it. Feel free to contact, contribute and develop contents. Looking forward to seeing you in the forthcoming events!

Enjoy Spring time!

Professor Mikko Ruohonen TC3 Newsletter Editor mikko.ruohonen@uta.fi


-  Minutes of the last TC3 meeting

For further information, please look into the Minutes website: http://www.plu.ntnu.no/ansatte/janwib/ifip/minutes-06/minutes.htm

Dear readers of the TC3 Newsletter. In this issue I will comment on the following issues:

-  Agora project:

IFIP Council took place in London from March 1 - 3. Raymond Morel and I presented the AGORA project which you have been informed about before. It was very well received.

After the seminar, IFIP EB (Executive Board) decided that AGORA will be an IFIP project which is run by TC 3. The intention is to include other TC’s as well. The project is now run by a Core Committee: Bernard Cornu, Raymond Morel, Tom van Weert and Jan Wibe.

During the first AGORA meeting in October, it was decided upon the following three projects:

A: Digital solidarity (crossing the digital divide) Chair: Sigrid Schubert, vice-chair WG 3.1 B: An IFIPWIKI as demonstration within IFIP Chair to be appointed. C: IFIP Seminar on Lifelong Learning in Ethiopia in August (in connection with WITFOR 2007 Chair: Mike Kendall, vice-chair SIG 3.8.

The second AGORA meeting will take place in early June in Seoul, Korea.

Following is a complete list of AGORA activities

-  The new IFIP Strategy:

This was discussed in the last TC3 meeting in Norway. Since then a lot has been accomplished. After the Council we now have the following two documents:

A: Proposals for Restructuring EB and Council

B: IFIP’s Strategic Aims

It contains the following projects: Project 1. Dissemination of high quality knowledge in ICT Project 2. International reputation Project 3.a. Member societies: new services Project 3.b. Member societies: public awareness Project 4. Students Project 5. Practitioners

Both documents are very important for the future in IFIP.

I will send the full text of both documents to all TC3-members.

Jan Wibe


-  New TC3 Representatives

Pradeep H Pendse, India pendse_pradeep@yahoo.com and Miladin Stefanović, Serbia cqm@knez.uis.kg.ac.yu

We welcome both of them and will come back with further information.

-  IFIP TC3 Working Conferences

The next IFIP TC3 Working /Open Conferences are going to be held in Boston, Dublin and Prague

“Informatics, Mathematics and ICT - a golden triangle “ 27th - 29 June, 2007, Boston, U.S.A. http://www.ccs.neu.edu/imict2007/Home.html

“Education, Training and Life Long Learning for IT Professionals” 9-13 July 2007, Dublin, Ireland http://www.businessandlaw.vu.edu.au/ifip34/Dublin%20Conference.htm

See also news in this newsletter on Global IT Professionalism

“Information Technology for Education and Training” 26-28 September 2007, Prague, Czech Republic http://itet2007.eu

After the Prague conference we have also the annual TC3 meeting.

-  Books to read

Towards Knowledge Societies (220 pages in English, in French, in Spanish, etc) to download at http://portal.unesco.org/ci/en/ev.php-URL_ID=20507&URL_DO=DO_TOPIC&URL_SECTION=201.html ITU report 2006 : Digital.life (full report 135 pages) to download at http://www.resourceshelf.com/2006/12/04/itu-internet-report-2006-digitallife
-  just-released/

-  OSA Awards

Oustanding Service Award (OSA) was given to the following persons from TC3: Peter Waker Sindre Roesvik Rosa Maria Bottino

They were awarded the OSA because of their long and outstanding service to IFIP and TC3.

We thank and congratulate them!

-  IFIP Agora Initiative on Life Long Learning


The IFIP Agora initiative on Lifelong Learning is part of a process of revitalisation of the strategy of IFIP. It and aims to implement a dynamic methodology for initiating cooperation projects with stakeholders such as UNESCO, UNITAR, the Digital Solidarity Fund and other IFIP Technical committees. The methodology takes into account that there is not one solution to Lifelong Learning and also that a lot of preliminary work still has to be done on issues such as reference competencies for LLL, e-portfolio and competency recognition, before effective implementation of LLL can be made a reality.

The following topics were identified as suitable for Lifelong Learning transversal projects:
-  ICT professionals as lifelong learner
-  Workforce flexibility
-  Community managed data base (ICT support for a LLL community)
-  Re-engineering (educational) systems to transformation
-  LLL of student-professionals in higher education
-  IFIP as a LLL community (the IFIP AGORA project)
-  Digital Solidarity

The projects are to produce pearls in practice areas (so-called Studios) and are to use research and evaluation of practice (design research in Ateliers) supporting knowledge networks. In all projects four dimensions are (at the least) to be discerned:

-   educational concepts
-   competences needed:
-   technology,
-   social impact.

The IFIP AGORA initiative should be the IFIP Atelier for turning IFIP into a Lifelong Learning community. It was decided to work out three example project proposals: digital solidarity (crossing the digital divide); an IFIPWIKI as demonstration within IFIP; IFIP School on Lifelong Learning (in connection with WITFOR).

The example projects are to be presented to the IFIP Council before the council meeting in March 2007. The next Agora planning meeting is in May or June 2007 in Seoul, South-Korea. Milestones of the example projects will be presented there. For more information on the Agora Initiative you may contact the Chair of the core group, Jan Wibe, jan.wibe@plu.ntnu.no

-  Global IT Professionalism

Global IT Profession Comes Nearer A unique gathering of leading world experts earlier this month in Cape Town, South Africa concluded that global recognition for IT professionals would provide major advantages to individual practitioners and for IT systems users and suppliers. The meeting was called by the International Federation for Information Processing, IFIP, and involved senior representatives from the world’s leading professional computer societies from Australia (ACS), Canada (CIPS), South Africa (CSSA) and UK (BCS). The Task Force is led by Charles Hughes, Immediate Past President of the BCS. The meeting addressed key issues facing the IT industry today including lack of clarity of international professional skills and qualifications and worldwide mobility of IT professionals and commenced planning for a global IT profession. Each of the societies has a national scheme to provide public recognition to qualified members. However, these schemes lack visibility outside their own countries.

Charles Hughes said, “Global industries need global professions to promote high professional standards worldwide and to give public recognition to qualified practitioners”. “In the modern world, the IT industry is a global business with many international organisations requiring increasing mobility among individual members of the IT workforce. Hence, employers face growing uncertainty when recruiting staff from outside their own countries.” Basie von Solms, IFIP President-Elect, commented “To achieve recognition, IT professionals will require an accredited combination of education and experience, as well as undertaking Continuing Professional Development and committing themselves to a Code of Ethics.”

The meeting agreed to report its findings to the IFIP Council at the end of February and seek agreement to develop more detailed proposals to establish the scheme as well as agreeing to a governance structure. After acceptance of the report, leading IT organisations will be invited to participate in the development and launch of the programme.

For more information, please contact:
-  Roger Johnson, Honorary Secretary, IFIP
-  Email: r.johnson@bcs.org.uk or phone +44 20 7631 6709 or
-  Basie von Solms, President-Elect, IFIP
-  Email: basievs@uj.ac.za or phone +27 11 489 2843

- TC3 Newsletter March 2007 -
-  See photos: -http://www.plu.ntnu.no/ansatte/janwib/ifip/ifip-tc3/
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