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The European Digital Competence Framework for Citizens, also known as DigComp, offers a tool to improve citizen's digital competence for work and employability, learning, leisure, consumption and participation in society.
The DigComp framework describes what digital competence is and groups the competences in five areas: Information and data literacy, Communication and collaboration, Digital content creation, Safety and Problem solving.
Today, being digitally competent means that people need to have competences in each of these five areas. The report "DigComp 2.0: The Digital Competence Framework for Citizens" presents the DigComp conceptual reference model.
The Digital Competence Framework can help citizens with self-evaluation, setting learning goals, identifying training opportunities and facilitating job search.
From summer 2015 onwards, the Europass CV includes an online tool for jobseekers to self-evaluate their digital competence and describe and include it in their Curriculum Vitale (CV). The tool uses the five areas of the DigComp framework with an easy to use self-evaluation form. See also news about the New Europass Framework.
In 2014, the Basque Country in Spain created a free online Self Diagnosis Tool for testing one's level of digital competence based on the DigComp framework. After taking a 15-minute online test, the results are available in a simple format to evaluate one's skills and identify training opportunities. Mid 2015, more than 10 000 individuals have already taken the test. Currently, the EU is planning to implement a similar tool which will eventually be available for all citizens in their own languages.
The Digital Competence Framework can help to monitor citizen's digital skills and to support curricula development.
For policymakers it can be beneficial to know where citizens stand for digital competence at the country level. The EU-wide Digital Economy and Society Index (DESI) offers an indicator for Digital Skills that uses the DigComp framework.
The "digital skills" indicator is one part of the many indicators to measure Human Capital which is needed to take advantage of the possibilities offered by a digital society. The Digital Agenda Scoreboard offers an online tool to view the data in an interactive way (opens a new window, please allow time for the download).
A new guideline to help with the uptake of the Digital Competence Framework for Citizens has been published by Telecentre Europe, a non-for-profit organisation that believes that ICT has a great potential to combat social exclusion and poverty.