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Events Newsflash November 2009

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MISC 2010, Learning Forum London ePortfolio 2010, Key Competencies 2010.


 Events Newsflash November 2009





Internet of Subjects

MISC 2010 call for contributions extended

London, 20-22 January 2010

Learning Forum London —ePortfolio 2010 &Key Competencies 2010 call for contributions open

London, 5-7 July 2010

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Internet of Subjects



"In an effort to provide you with greater transparency and control over their own data, we've built the Google Dashboard" Google recently announced: "Over the past 11 years, Google has focused on building innovative products for our users. Today, with hundreds of millions of people using those products around the world, we are very aware of the trust that you have placed in us, and our responsibility to protect your privacy and data."

While Google's move is certainly a positive step towards increased control over one's personal data, this should not have much of an effect on the perception European citizens have on privacy issues: two-thirds (64%) of European Union citizens surveyed recently stated that they were concerned about data protection issues ("Data Protection in the European Union", European Commission, 2008). And their concerns can only grow as the number of services hosting, tracking and exploiting personal data continues to expand. One of the main reasons for this lack of trust in the Internet is the fragmentation of personal data and the lack of control, by individuals, on how it is being stored, secured, transported and exploited. Fragmentation and lack of user control leads to increased threats of privacy breaches, lack of trust and, over all, loss of business opportunities.

Is a trustworthy Internet, where personal data is fully protected, possible?

Yes, there are effective solutions based on agreed industrial standards such as Identity Governance Framework (IGF), and a number of Identity and Access Management (IAM) and trust technologies developed in a number of initiatives, e.g. TAS3. Yes, there is a growing number of technology and service providers that are actively engaged in supporting a trustworthy Internet. But theses efforts and organisations are still fragmented.

It is the objective of the Internet of Subjects (IoS) to federate all these organisations around a trustworthy Internet architecture, based on a clear separation between hosting and exploitation of personal data: all personal data should be stored in personal data stores (PDS) under the control of individuals. The IoS architecture should end the fragmentation of personal data as a foundation for Internet data security. It is also our belief that increased privacy control will benefit existing businesses and create new opportunities.


The objective of the IoS architecture is to empower individuals to completely control the storage, transport and exploitation of their personal data, as a founding principle to establishing trustworthy relationships with other individuals, networks, communities, businesses and authorities. Our main goal is to put an end to the increasing fragmentation of personal data resulting in the loss of control of their exploitation.

In order to achieve its mission the IoS will create the conditions for a trustworthy Internet by:

  1. providing a citizen dashboard  to help individuals have a unified view of their  fragmented personal data in the current architecture
  2. implement a reference model of a person-centric architecture, the IoS architecture, with a complete separation between the hosting and the exploitation of personal data, under individuals' full control
  3. work with technology service providers to join and benefit from the IoS architecture federation.

Our vision of a citizen dashboard, is to provide citizen, not only with the means to control their personal data —which is almost impossible within the current architecture— but with the means to influence the service provision to put an end to the fragmentation of personal data. With the end of personal data fragmentation and their unification in personal data stores, individuals become the hub of interoperability across heterogeneous services and organisations. It is an opportunity for the emergence of new and improved services in a number of sectors, like ePortfolios and personal learning environments (education), personal health records (healthcare), personal knowledge management systems (employment), and vendor relationship management systems (business).

Join the debate and the growing IoS community at MISC Forum, 20-22 January in London.


MISC 2010 —Personal data it's ours!

London 20- 22January 2010








Trusted Architecture for Securely Shared Services Project








Kantara Initiative 




Making learning, knowledge, working, employment, business and healthcare mobile, personal and social.

Call for contributions extended

New dates are:

20 November 2009 – deadline for the submission of abstracts

30 November 2009 – notification of acceptance to authors

15 December 2009 – author registration deadline—to be included in the programme 

20 December 2009 – deadline for receipt of revised abstracts and completed contributions (case-studies, work in progress, short and long papers) 

MISC 2010 Themes

Education & lifelong learning

Learning records, ePortfolios, personal learning environments: the objective of this track is to explore how individual learners are empowered as the authors and the architects of their own personal and community learning environments to manage their digital identity?

Work & employability

Employment records, competency records, personal knowledge management systems: the objective of this track is to explore the link between individual systems used to manage one's employability (e.g. through continuing professional development, recognition of prior learning) and organisational learning systems designed for competency and knowledge management.

Healthcare & wellness

Personal health records (PHR) medical records, personal health management systems: the objective of this track is to explore the link between individual systems of healthcare systems and professional practice.

Business & trade

Business records, credit records, transaction records, vendor relationship management systems: the objective of this track is to explore the benefits for individuals and businesses of a better control of personal data by clients and prospects of business services.

Policies & citizenship

Digital identities governance: The objective of this track is to explore how personal data and digital identities contribute to the construction of individual and collective identities.

Technologies & infrastructures

The Internet of Subjects: the objective of this track is to explore how to make the Internet a more person-centric environment ―the interaction between the growing individualisation of technologies with the development of social computing and social networks

A more detailed presentation of the call is accessible at:

The conference is sponsored by the TAS3 partnership


Learning Forum London 2010 —ePortfolio for all!

 ePortfolio - London Learning Forum 2010














 In 2003, in Poitiers during the first international ePortfolio conference, EIfEL set the goal that by 2010 every citizen should have access to an ePortfolio. How effective have we been and how far are we from that goal? Should it be postponed to a further deadline or should we set a new one, e.g. on digital identity? To find the answers to these questions and more, join us at Learning Forum London, 5-7 July 2010, at the Savoy Place. The event will feature ePortfolio 2010, the 8th international ePortfolio conference, with a special track on healthcare as well as Key Competencies 2010, the 4th international conference on skills for life.

20 abstracts and the 5 best papers submitted in track EP1 (ePortfolio in healthcare education and practice) will be published in the International Journal of Clinical Skills

Call for contributions

ePortfolio 2010 themes:

  • EP1— ePortfolio in healthcare education and practice
  • EP2 — ePortfolio in initial education and personal identity construction
  • EP3 — ePortfolio in employability and organisational learning
  • EP4 — ePortfolio, policies and implementation
  • EP5 — ePortfolio, technologies and system architectures

Key Competencies—Skills for Life 2010 themes

  • KC1 — Key competencies policies
  • KC2 — Key competencies for active citizenship
  • KC3 — Key competencies for employability and economic innovation
  • KC4 — Key competencies development
  • KC5 — Key competencies recognition and accreditation

A more detailed presentation of the call is accessible at:



  • 8 March 2010 – Deadline for the submission of abstracts.
  • 29 March 2010 – Notification of acceptance to authors
  • 30 April 2010 – Author registration deadline – to be included in the programme
  • 15 May 2010 – Deadline for receipt of revised abstracts and completed contributions (case-studies, work in progress, short and long papers)


Authors are invited to submit extended abstracts (500 to 750 words) of case studies, work-in-progress and original unpublished research (short and long papers). All submitted abstracts will be peer-reviewed by three members of the program committee for originality, significance, clarity and quality.

Accepted submissions will be published online as part of the EIfEL conference proceedings with an attributed ISBN number.

All extended abstracts should be submitted via the conference management tool:


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Erratum: in the last issue of the newsletter, Learning Technologies Africa (3-4 November 2009) was referred to as eLearning Africa. This was a typo as the 2 events have no connection. Please accept our apologies for the confusion.


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