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20 Years of CEPIS: Informatics in Europe today and tomorrow

Volume: 2009, Issue IV

Date: August 2009

Guest Editors: Robert McLaughlin, Fiona Fanning and Nello Scarabottolo

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A Profession for IT?

This article addresses professionalism in Information Technologies (IT), the need for a more formal profession and a clearly expressed professionalism in the practice of IT. The author outlines the work of the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) in this domain and encourages IT professionals throughout Europe to become a part of the process to best serve the needs of the public, industry and practitioners, now and for future generations. Download

The European ICT Industry: Overcoming the Crisis and Helping Others Along the Way

The financial crisis that started in the Summer of 2007 and the subsequent economic downturn have left few business sectors unscathed. Along with other sectors, Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) has felt the impact. However, crisis can sometimes be an opportunity for growth, a time when (out of necessity) new business models and innovations arise. This article briefly reviews how the crisis has affected the European ICT industry, discusses how the industry will overcome the challenges it is currently facing and finally demonstrates how ICT enables other sectors face their own woes. Download

Legal and Security Issues in Informatics

Legal and Security Issues of Information and Communication Technologies and their applications are of increasing importance for the Information Society. As these issues become more and more complex, they require independent insights from informatics professionals. Consequently the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) has a major responsibility in this field. The Legal and Security Taskforce (CEPIS LSI) undertook this responsibility and brings together experts from CEPIS member societies with the mission of collecting, synchronizing and providing independent professional expertise from CEPIS experts to relevant and interested European parties. This article outlines the work of CEPIS LSI. Download

The Germanic Perspective: Informatics for All - Everywhere, Any Time

This article introduces the D/A/CH area (Germany/Austria/Switzerland) and provides an overview of informatics in these countries with particular emphasis on recent successful programmes geared towards raising awareness of the importance of informatics for society in general and the economy and education in particular. Download

Challenges for IT Professionalisation

"For Information Technologies (IT) to truly at last flower into a real profession on the same lines as Law, Medicine or Accountancy, we need to start listening to what business wants from us in terms of 'marketing' our competencies; and it is about time we were held to the same levels of trust as the man who builds our new house or to whom we entrust our physical well-being". This interview presents this and other views of the man charged with leading the British Computer Society’s (BCS) drive for greater internationalisation of its products, services and messages. Download

The State of Informatics in Portugal

This article is based on a paper published in APDSI (the Portuguese Society for the Development of the Information Society) which aimed to launch a discussion on digital discrimination and the digital divide in Portugal. The author examines the current situation and the underlying social and economic issues that lead to digital exclusion, and provides some options to overcome these issues in the future. Download

Spain: The Situation of Informatics in 2009

This article describes informatics and information technologies in Spain during the current economic crisis. The author provides data about the economic significance of informatics in Spain, the human resources involved and the implications for education as well as the current situation of digital contents. Download

Current State of Informatics in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe: The IT STAR Experience 

This article on the current state of informatics in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe is based on the activities and experience of leading computer societies, representatives of academia, government, industry and civil society, as witnessed within the format of IT STAR, the Regional Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Association in Central, Eastern and Southern Europe (CESE). While the article is only a "panorama shot" of the actual state of informatics in the region, it provides many references to related proceedings and other sources of information for the interested reader. Download

UPGRADE: The Unofficial Story of a Successful CEPIS Undertaking

This article describes the story of UPGRADE, "The European Journal for the Informatics Professional", a digital publication promoted by the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) and published by Novática, journal of the Spanish CEPIS society ATI (Asociación de Técnicos de Informática). The author offers his personal, unofficial view of the people and facts involved in its creation, growth and consolidation. Download

1991: Making the Knowledge Work

Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS) Chairman Francisco López-Crespo (1991) describes the infancy of CEPIS, its legal registration, the formation of an Executive Committee and the formulation of "The Way Ahead". Download

1992-1993: No Task Will Be Avoided Merely Because it is Impossible!

Past President of the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS), Maurice S. Elzas (1992-1993), discusses the exciting Dynamite Delors1 Commission during which CEPIS participated in European Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) strategy, and gives us a behind-the-scenes glimpse of the friendships and adventures at CEPIS Council meetings. Download

1993-1995: Finding the Way Forward

Past President of the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS), Jaakko Kivinen (1993-1995), describes the various CEPIS activities with European stakeholders, his concerns for a young CEPIS, and explains how the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) was introduced. Download

1995-1997: ECDL Take-off Years

Past President of the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS), Giulio Occhini (1995-1997), describes the continued development of the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL) and relations with the European Commission (EC) during his term. Download

1997-1999: ECDL is Launched. Now What? 

Past President of the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS), Roger Johnson (1997-1999), outlines the development of a sustainable model for the European Computer Driving Licence (ECDL), the creation of CEPIS Secretariat and the emergence of the European Certification of Informatics Professionals (EUCIP). Download

1999-2001: Unity in Diversity

Past President of the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS), Peter Morrogh (1999-2001), discusses the diversity of CEPIS members, their commonalities and their disparities and how this has been reflected in the strategic development of CEPIS. Download

2001-2003: Some Steps Forward in Europe

Past President of the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS), Wolffried Stucky (2001-2003), provides insight into CEPIS expanding sphere of activities with the European Commission and various other European groups such as the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (CEDEFOP) and the European Committee for Standardization (CEN). Download

2004-2005: Moving to the Heart of the EU 

Past President of the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS), Jouko Ruissalo (2003-2005), presents a time of change when CEPIS moved its Secretariat to Brussels (Belgium) and became increasingly involved in European Union (EU) projects such as Harmonise. Download

2005-2007: Building on Our Collective Strengths

Past President of the Council of European Professional Informatics Societies (CEPIS), Geoff McMullen (2005-2007), reflects on the successes of CEPIS as well as the challenges that led to a stronger, older and wiser CEPIS. Download

CEPIS – Remaining Relevant for the Next 20 Years 

The rapid, unparalleled development of technologies has challenged IT professionals in a way that no other profession has encountered. The future of the ICT industry will continue to make no less challenging demand on our IT professionals. As their European representative body has to respond to these challenges, the author outlines what the challenges are likely to be and how CEPIS can put its experience to use in addressing them. Download

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