EWCIP I – 19th June 2010 - Sponsored and co-chaired by CEPIS

The European Workshop on Computing and ICT Professionalism (EWCIP I, part of the CISTI 2010 conference) took place on Saturday June 19th in the beautiful Santiago de Compostela, capital city of Galicia in northwest Spain. The workshop, co-chaired and sponsored by CEPIS, was an opportunity for researchers and practitioners to share contributions describing relevant advances or experiences in the study of computing and the ICT profession.

Four papers were presented: Roger Johnson (IFIP) provided a paper on the work of IFIP's IP3; Kevin Johns (Open University) spoke on the important subject of business change and the role of IT Professional; Luis Fernandez-Sanz (Universidad de Alcalá) presented an update on important statistical analysis of soft skills requirements for technical roles and the implication for education; and Luis Sanchez (Universidad de Castilla-La Mancha) discussed trends in software engineering certification, including EUCIP.

Additionally Declan Brady, CEPIS Vice President for Professionalism, presented CEPIS' position on IT Professionalization and the supportive interventions it is undertaking through its Taskforce on Professionalism, specifically:

  • CEPIS supports a progressive, collaborative, professionalization of IT, so that IT can stand in the same esteem and regard as a profession with its peers
  • CEPIS acknowledges the many differences of interpretation of, and in approach to professionalism that exist across Europe, and seeks to engage with stakeholders in obtaining a shared view of the common characteristics of the IT Profession
  • CEPIS promotes the value of increasing professionalization to its members, and - on behalf of its members - to the EU and multinational industry; it encourages its members to do likewise to local and national governments and industry
  • CEPIS seeks collaboration and cooperation with like-minded bodies and organisations in promoting a multi-stakeholder partnership in the promotion of professionalism; such bodies include EuroCIO and the Innovation Value Institute
  • CEPIS, as an inter-societal body of peers, does not seek to impose a defined standard or method concerning professionalization upon its members; rather it seeks to obtain commonality of esteem through a system of collaborative agreement and inter-society supports

All presentations and papers of the EWCIP I workshop will be available on their website shortly. Congratulations go to the conference organisers (University of Santiago de Compostela (USC); Grupo de Investigacion Sociedade Tecnoloxias e Territorio (gis-t IDEGA); Associacao Iberica de Sistemas e Tecnologias de Informacao (AISTI)) for a successful event.

If you would like to share your opinion on the current activities of the CEPIS Professionalism Task Force, please complete the Professionalism Characteristics and Benefits survey online. Your opinion is extremely valid for the progress of this Task Force.

This news article has been kindly authored by CEPIS Vice President, Declan Brady, from the Irish Computer Society (ICS).