NedCar

IWM Supports Dutch Automotive Industry

Project NedCar

When workers in the automotive industry in the Dutch province of Limburg lose their job, they are to be equipped with an electronic portfolio providing information on their individual experiences and competencies. IWM supports this project by designing basic concepts of data exchange.

 

Rapid finding of new jobs is a priority issue for the people concerned, for the industry and for the state. In the Netherlands, electronic portfolios are to play an essential role in this process.

When workers in the automotive industry in the Dutch province of Limburg lose their job, they are to be equipped with an electronic portfolio providing information on their individual experiences and competencies. The data in these portfolios are aggregated from data bases of the employer and of various training institutions where the worker may have taken courses previously.

Standardized descriptions of competencies for the automotive sector have been developed in order to match individual portfolios against the competency requirements of open positions and in order to identify competency gaps which are to be closed by training measures. All this is expected to bring people faster into new positions where they are needed.

The aggregation of data from various institutions poses problems of uniform representation of data in order to ensure interoperability of the various data management systems. Open specifications, notably the IMS ePortfolio specification, provide an appropriate framework for this task.

However, it turns out rapidly that particular features of the concrete domain require adaptations of the specification. IWM, in collaboration with the Belgian company Synergetics, assists the project in this task. For profiling the IMS ePortfolio specification the tool SchemaProf, developed in IWM during the Telcert project, is used. This paves the road for automated testing for interoperability in the future using other Telcert. Tools.