Digital Skills and Digital Literacy : European Union policy actions

(DigComp 2.0, EU SCIENCE HUB)

The New Skills Agenda calls on Member States to develop comprehensive digital skills strategies. To support the countries with the development of their strategies the Commission has set up an expert group with representatives nominated by their Member State.

Skills development is a lifelong process. And what are European Union policy actions regarding digital skills?

# The Digital Competence Conceptual (DigComp 2.0) Reference Model

DigComp 2.0 was completed with the publication of DigComp 2.0: The Digital Competence Framework for Citizens. Update Phase 1: the Conceptual Reference Model. The update consists of a revision of the 21 descriptors and the vocabulary, both of which are listed below.

Phase 2 of the update, which will be completed by the first quarter of 2017, includes 8 levels of learning outcomes and examples of the knowledge, skills and attitudes related to each competence. For the involvement in the validation process, contact the team.

1.   Information and data literacy

To articulate information needs, to locate and retrieve digital data, information and content. To judge the relevance of the source and its content. To store, manage, and organise digital data, information and content.

1.1 Browsing, searching and filtering data, information and digital content

1.2 Evaluating data, information and digital content

1.3 Managing data, information and digital

2.   Communication and collaboration

To interact, communicate and collaborate through digital technologies while being aware of cultural and generational diversity. To participate in society through public and private digital services and participatory citizenship. To manage one’s digital identity and reputation.

2.1 Interacting through digital technologies

2.2 Sharing through digital technologies

2.3 Engaging in citizenship through digital technologies

2.4 Collaborating through digital technologies

2.5 Netiquette

2.6 Managing digital identity

3.   Digital content creation

To create and edit digital content To improve and integrate information and content into an existing body of knowledge while understanding how copyright and licences are to be applied. To know how to give understandable instructions for a computer system.

3.1 Developing digital content

3.2 Integrating and re-elaborating digital content

3.3 Copyright and licences

3. 4 Programming



4.   Safety

To protect devices, content, personal data and privacy in digital environments. To protect physical and psychological health, and to be aware of digital technologies for social well-being and social inclusion. To be aware of the environmental impact of digital technologies and their use.

4.1 Protecting devices

4.2 Protecting personal data and privacy

4.3 Protecting health and well-being

4.4 Protecting the environment



5.   Problem solving

To identify needs and problems, and to resolve conceptual problems and problem situations in digital environments. To use digital tools to innovate processes and products. To keep up-to-date with the digital evolution.

5.1 Solving technical problems

5.2 Identifying needs and technological responses

5.3 Creatively using digital technologies

5.4 Identifying digital competence gaps



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In 2016, over 200 projects applied to Digital Skills Award 2016 from all over Europe. Sixteen projects were selected as finalists and the fourmost outstanding ones were announced in Brussels on 1 December 2016 at the launch of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition to develop a large digital talent pool and ensure that individuals and the labour force in Europe are equipped with adequate digital skills. 
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Here you can check the progress of the pledges in the context of the Digital Skills and Jobs Coalition as reported by the pledges themselves: 


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