Call for Papers: 1st International Conference on Digital Skills and IT Professionalism

The organising committee is pleased to announce the call for papers for the 1st International Conference on Digital Skills and IT Professionalism, set to take place on November 14-15, 2024, in Alcala de Henares, Spain. This conference, co-organised by the University of Alcala, CEPIS, and the Spanish Informatics Society, aims to bring together leading academic scientists, researchers, and industry professionals to exchange and share their experiences and research results on all aspects of digital skills and IT professionalism. 

The conference will focus on two main tracks. 

Track 1: E-competences and IT Professionalism 

The rapid evolution of technology and the growing demand for qualified IT professionals have highlighted a significant talent deficit, necessitating a more agile and consistent approach to skills classification, assessment, and qualification. Academia has often overlooked this critical area, yet its research is crucial for providing robust data and methodologies to help manage IT talent demand. This track focuses on practical frameworks and classifications like EN16234 and ESCO, linking qualifications and certifications to competence frameworks, and examining the integration of these frameworks in education, training, and organizational contexts. Topics also include the role of female talent in IT, the analysis of IT job market demands, and empirical studies on e-competences. 

Track 2: Digital Competence and Skills 

Digital transformation requires a workforce equipped with the proper digital competences and skills to leverage digital technologies effectively. Digital skills encompass a range of abilities to use digital devices and applications for managing information, creating content, communicating, collaborating, and problem-solving. This track addresses the need for more formal research and empirical data on digital skills, exploring frameworks like DigComp, certifications such as ICDL, and the integration of digital skills in education and training. Other topics include the demand for digital skills in the job market, large-scale assessments, and the impact of digital skills on productivity and social inclusion. 

The deadline for submission of contributions is September 16, 2024. The instructions for the submissions can be found here.  

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