Where & when?
Our presentation – Fostering Interoperability of European Qualifications: The Qualification Data Repository (QDR) – will be laid out on the 12th of September during the SEMANTiCS 2017 conference, taking place in Amsterdam between the 11th and the 14th of September 2017.
What is the QDR?
The Qualification Data Repository is a software component that allows Qualifications data providers, such as ministries of Member States or awarding bodies, to upload datasets for publication on European portals. A common Qualification Metadata Schema (QMS) ensures that Qualifications in QDR are described in a consistent manner by all data providers in order to bring them together EU wide.
Once the Member States will have developed their Qualifications – hosted in their National Qualification Databases – according to the QMS, the next step will consist in collecting the data and providing a comprehensive (and versioned) listing of these datasets. This is where the QDR comes into place.
The development of the QMS and the QDR by the European Commission stems from the need of interoperability and common understanding of information to support recruitment, career management, lifelong learning strategies and recognition processes.
To that end, stakeholders (awarding bodies, Member States authorities, employment services, education/training institutes, social partners, jobseekers, learners, employers, etc.) are required to cooperate with each other, to share information and to develop a common understanding of the information related to Qualifications, occupational experiences and skills acquired in other countries.
Why is it important?
Both the QMS and the QDR are the first EU wide initiatives that foster semantic and technical interoperability as well as data publishing relating to European Qualifications.
Through QMS and QDR various stakeholders will now be able to publish re-usable and computer-processable information:
• Awarding bodies about the qualifications they award;
• Training bodies about the learning opportunities they offer;
• Ministries or other competent national authorities about officially recognised qualifications;
• Accreditation and other quality assurance bodies in education about the qualifications that have been accredited or quality assured.
During the conference, we will explain QDR’s basic components and supporting data publishing workflows. We will also be addressing the main lessons learnt during this challenging development of the QDR and the QMS, including the results of the methodology applied for the development of the QMS and the technical challenges encountered when developing a versioned (semantic) data repository like QDR.