The 2007 ePortfolio and HCSIT plugfest
Kennisnet and EIfEL have the pleasure to invite to participate in the ePortfolio plugfest that will take place 17 october 2007 during the 5th ePortfolio conference. After Cambridge (2005) and Oxford (2006), the 3rd international ePortfolio Plugfest will focus its attention on interoperability with employment services. ePortfolio solutions will be tested against their ability to import and export a curriculum vitæ, export a full ePortfolio package for backup purpose as well as on their ability to manage digital identity, a key component of the ePortfolio architecture. It is our belief that, by concentrating our efforts on one dimension of ePortfolios and making it work, we will be able to transfer this success to other dimensions of the ePortfolio.
Kennisnet and EIfEL have the pleasure to invite to participate in the ePortfolio plugfest that will take place 17 october 2007 during the 5th ePortfolio conference
The objective of this Plugfest is to support the efforts of publishers and users of information systems in the creation and implementation of interoperable technologies for the benefits of learning individuals and learning organisations. In order to achieve this objective, during this day, publishers of ePortfolios and ePortfolio-related systems will demonstrate how their solutions support a series of scenarios and use cases requiring that different systems talk together. Users and implementers of technologies, the clients of those publishers will have the opportunity to explore real life scenarios, and challenge the publishers with their own requirements.
The prime participants of the Plugest are representatives of organisations that are looking for solutions to interoperability issues as well as those providing interoperability services:
Based on the success and failures experienced during the day, recommendations to standardisation bodies will be published as well as guidelines for the implementation of standards for the publishers.
The publishers that participate in the Plugfest will receive a certificate recognising their contribution to interoperability.
An open space is provided where the solution providers will organise their working space. Each working space will organise demonstrations, respond to questions and workout possible solutions to the questions raised by the participants.
At the beginning of the day, a series of USB keys with a set of reference data will be distributed to the participants who will be able to move from one space to another to explore the different scenarios and use cases. Participants will collect on the USB keys the evidence that the different solutions are able to exchange information.
Participants are free to move from one place to another, just like an 'open conference.'
In order to facilitate the participation for those users who wonder how to organise their day, a 'default' path / agenda will be provided, indicating a series of highlights covering the most important elements of interoperability.
Three main sections of the Plugfest
Conformance against IMS ePortfolio
Possible scenarios proposed by Kennisnet.
In contrast to last years PlugFest the scenarios are written from the e-portfolio owner's perspective (Not the Portfolio System's perspective). Of course it is our intend that both the e-Portfolio owners and the e-Portfolio-system owners keep track of each scenario-step (both successful and erroneous)
Scenario 1: transport your e-Portfolio from one system to another
based on a standard e-portfolio
1. Import the e-Portfolio into an e-Portfolio system
2. View the e-Portfolio content and see if there is information missing, changed or added
3. Add some content to the e-portfolio
4. Change some of the e-portfolio content
5. Remove some of the e-portfolio content
6. Create some additional relationships between e-Portfolio parts in your e-Portfolio
7. Create an export of your e-Portfolio to a Memory Stick
8. Copy your e-Portfolio to the central Scenario computer for independent validation of the e-Portfolio conformance
9. Repeat steps 1 to 8 for each e-Portfolio system available
Scenario 2: transport your e-Portfolio from one system to another
based on a random e-portfolio
1. Create your own e-Portfolio in a random e-Portfolio system
2. Create an export of your e-Portfolio to a Memory Stick
3. Copy your e-Portfolio to the central Scenario computer for independent validation of the e-Portfolio conformance
4. Import your e-Portfolio into another e-Portfolio system
5. View the e-Portfolio content and see if there is information missing, changed or added
6. Add some content to the e-portfolio
7. Change some of the e-portfolio content
8. Remove some of the e-portfolio content
9. Create some additional relationships between e-Portfolio parts in your e-Portfolio
10. Repeat steps 2 to 9 for each e-Portfolio system available
Scenario 3: Create a public e-Portfolio, Europass CV or HR-XML subset
1. Create a public view of a sub-set of your e-Portfolio
2. View the public sub-set using a different user account
3. Try to change some of the element values
Scenario 4: Link to external information
1. Create link to, e.g. a VCARD file
2. Rename the externally linked information
3. Look at the results in your own e-portfolio from different e-portfolio systems
Other online services that could be used (conformance of these services regarding IMS ePortfolio have been tested at the 2006 ePortfolio Plugfest):
Curriculum vitæ - Europass - Europortfolio - HR-XML
Curriculum vitæ can be seen as the front page of an employment ePortfolio. Being able to export CVs from ePortfolios that can be read by employment agencies, job boards and employers will be critical for the take-up of ePortfolio in the industry. This raises 2 main issues: