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MISC 2010, Learning Forum London ePortfolio 2010, Key Competencies 2010, ASPECT at BETT.


 Events Newsflash January 2010





A 2010 wish: reclaiming control of our personal data

MISC 2010 Interview with Rakesh Radhakrishnan, Sun Microsystems

Learning Forum London —ePortfolio 2010 &Key Competencies 2010 5-7 July 2010

Partner Events

Making Learning Technology Standards Work for You!  London 13 January 2010, in parallel to BETT


A 2010 wish: reclaiming control of our personal data 



Take a school or a university equipped with Moodle (LMS) and Mahara (ePortfolio). They are both open source and both have a plug-in which allows single sign on (SSO), i.e. once identified by one system, there is no need to provide credentials to the other. Fine, but when a learner produces an artefact with Moodle and wants to show it into his/her ePortfolio, it must be exported/imported as each application has its own database.

Now imagine that each piece of software, instead of using their own databases, uses the personal data stores (PDS) of each learner: artefacts created within Moodle could be instantly made available in Mahara and displayed in a portfolio. Moreover, if registered at different schools using different systems, data created in one context would be immediately be available in another... if so desired by the learner. Each person would then be able to create his/her own circles of trust, to share (or not) their personal data with the people and organisations they trust, future employers or business partners. Personal data stores are the foundation of any personal lifelong and life wide learning environment.

Best wishes for the New Year 2010!

Dear Colleagues,

The work started by EIfEL in 2001 is now entering in a new phase: 2010 should see the birth of a new Foundation with the mission to:

  • Put people back in control of their personal data: creating the technical and organisational conditions for individuals to be able to reunite their personal data and take control of its exploitation.
  • Support research programmes on identity construction: inviting all fields of knowledge to confront current identity theories and practices across cultures, worldwide, with regard to the new reality of a digitally expanded world.

The Internet of Subjects Foundation (IoS) is the natural development of the work started in 2001 on learning technologies (individual and organisational), and since 2003 on ePortfolio and identity. What we have observed is that one of the main factors hindering innovation today is not the lack of ingenuity of researchers and engineers, but the state of increased fragmentation of personal data and the lack of control we have on it:

  • We have no control over the level of security of our personal data which is entirely dependent on the goodwill of service providers — we cannot choose the level of security that suits us.
  • We are not able to share our personal data the way we wish to — we are dependent on the idiosyncrasies of a myriad of systems hosting our personal data.
  • We have no right to choose where our personal data is stored — which leads to the increased fragmentation of our 'digital self'.

The long term solution to these issues is to achieve a complete separation between hosting and exploitation of personal data. This will be one of the main tasks of the Foundation: support the emergence of independent providers of personal data stores (PDS) creating the basis for new types of relationships between individuals and organisations. Personal data must become emancipated from online services which must become the servants of our personal data.

To lead the IoS Foundation, we have launched a call for leadership, inviting highly qualified personalities to join the different committees (advisory, scientific, steering, technical, etc.). We have also started a working group to transform a number of applications in the field of education, to make them PDS aware (see box on the left). A subscription is opened for those who want to join the Foundation during the constitution period (January-July 2010). 

The next public steps for the creation of the Foundation are:

  • 20-22 January, during the MISC conference, launch of the process for the creation of the IoS Foundation
  • 5-7 July, during Learning Forum London, constitution of the Foundation

We look forward to your participation. This is a unique opportunity to support an initiative that can transform the way we learn, live and work with the Internet.

Personal data is ours! May 2010 be the year in which we regain control of our personal data.

The EIfEL Team


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.

Interview with Rakesh Radhakrishnan, Sun Microsystems

Rakesh, with an ever-increasing flow of personal data circulating over the Internet, what are in your views the current and future threats and opportunities?

There are different stakeholders of data (personal and other data types) on the Internet, including end users, government regulators, Industry Interest groups, service providers (such as Doctors/Physicians and others) and we are faced with the challenge of ensuring the appropriate stakeholders have the appropriate levels of access -- while adhering to Confidentiality, Integrity and Availability policies (CIA).. while addressing threats such as ID theft, impersonation and more.. The 2 areas of large scale opportunities are to re align and re design all existing security systems around the -Identity, Policy and Context paradigm - which includes, firewalls, NAC, Intrusion Systems, SEIM, etc., and Alignment of the different policy domains (CIA, QOS, Privacy, and more) via a higher level Policy Language such as XACML. Both opportunities are multi billion dollar industry and both have already taken off - we'll see an increased focus on these areas in the next 5 years.. as Broadband networks proliferate.

Is it realistic to demand to be in total control of our personal data, to be free to share it with the people and services we want? For example, let me share my personal health records with a community of patients 'like me'?

Yes - Kantara's User Managed Access WG is geared towards similar goals, Privacy Icons/Labeling and many such initiatives can help as well.. However the fundamental issue to be addressed is to address what data is personal - i,e., data classification (that can be left under the User's control) and what is not.. and who is the owner of such personal data. Health records for example could be personal data but yet owned by an institution or a different stakeholder. My driving record is owned by DMV, my citizenship status or travel record is owned by appropriate entities, my credit history is owned by a credit rating agency and more.. Even though data about me is distributed and owned by several stakeholders - a pervasive set of policies need to be aligned to ensure my privacy is addressed while addressing the regulatory requirements of an industry or a country or a business entity, and more. Therefore - exchange of attributes has to be secure, private, etc., to deliver personalized services - while respecting CIA and other types of policies..

What positive impacts should we expect from a 'person-centric' Internet? What would the ideal scenario be?

The Internet will be a tool - just like Google is today - It will be used for nearly everything we do.. I am on vacation this week in San Carlos CA with my wife and 3 boys, everything from requesting upgrades, mapping the nearby starbucks, places to go visit, booking the tickets to the boat/tram ride, checking out restaurant reviews and more is all done on the fly with a mobile (and the mobile Internet) -- the dependence on it as a tool is HUGE.. The NET will be leveraged for addressing global issues around - education, energy, housing, Peace Building and more - plus many other large scale challenges - since its already a tool to Collaborate (such as Architecture for Humanity). It has already proven to be a powerful tool and it's power and utility is growing exponentially with the mobile Internet - We should ensure that it is continued to be used for POSITIVE and PERSON centric initiatives - It in fact is making the Globe one single village - since news, information, knowledge and awareness spreads to every nook and corner where there is connectivity.. Its a tool that can augment all the tasks that we perform as humans in our personal and professional lives in a big way!!

Thank you Rakesh and see you at MISC!


Rakesh Radhakrishnan is the Chief Identity Integration Architect and Lead Technologist in the Communications Market Area of Sun. He has covered Telecom Companies, Network Equipment Providers (NEP), Independent Software Vendors (ISV) and Service Provider accounts in Europe, Canada, USA and Latin America. He has over 15 years of experience and has an MBA (MIS) and MS (MIT).

He is also the author of Identity and Context, the 3rd in a Series of 5 books on Identity Management with a Network focus. This is all about Federated Attributes or distributed Attribute Authorities, augmenting a distributed AuthN and AuthZ Authority with additional Identity specific Attributes and Contextual Data. This approach makes an Identity System a Core Building Block for a mobile person-centric Service Oriented Architecture (SOA).


Find more about MISC conference programme:

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:


Partner events



Registered organisations include:
Atlas de la Diversidad
ISG Arcus
JES & Co.
Massey University
Multimedia Design
Stockholm University
Turtle Rattle Learning
Univ. Plovdiv
Vivid Interactive


Making Learning Technology Standards Work for You!

13 January 14:00-16:00, Hilton London Olympia 

If you plan to attend BETT, the largest learning technology show in Europe, you are invited to join us in a workshop on learning technology standards. Sponsored by ASPECT, an initiative dedicated to the adoption of learning technology standards, this 2 hours workshop is a unique opportunity to learn about the state of the art in the implementation of learning technology standards and to exchange with experts and professionals.

Workshop programme:

14:00-14:40 - Learning technology standards: a state of the art review by David Massart, European Schoolnet and ASPECT partners

  • Introduction to learning technology standards (why do we need them, benefits, etc.)

  • State of the art (CC, SCORM, Metadata, Vocabularies, etc.) and the future of standards

  • What has been achieved? (adoption, case studies, success stories, etc.)

  • And now: the LRE Service Centre (conformance testing, making resources visible and accessible, etc.)

14:40-14:50 - Q&A

14:50-15:10 - How do we use standards? Testimonies from the actors with representatives from three key stakeholders 

  • Theo Lynn, Cambridge University Press (Publisher)
  • The Open University UK (Educational institution)
  • Agueda Gras-Velazquez, European Schoolnet (Ministries of education)
15:10-15:20 - Q&A

15:30-16:50 - Publishers panel discussion with the participation of representatives from Cambridge, Siveco and Young Digital Planet

15:50-16:00 - Q&A

Access to the complete and latest programme update:

Participation is free, but you need to register to receive an invitation (limited number of participants) please send an email to

Workshop venue: Hilton London Olympia, 380 Kensington High Street, London, United Kingdom W14 8NL


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