The latest version of the European Digital Competence Framework (DigComp 2.2) for Citizens is available in Latvian, prepared by the Latvian Information and Communication Technology Association (LIKTA).
The latest version of the Digital Competence Framework published by the European Commission’s Joint Research Centre (JRC) contains over 250 new examples of knowledge, skills, and attitudes. It aims to help European citizens to self-assess their knowledge, skills, and attitudes, as well as to identify the offer of digital learning and job opportunities. Framework DigComp 2.2 plays an important role in achieving Europe’s Digital Decade goals of promoting digitalization in the EU, the main objective of which is to achieve at least 80% of all adults with basic digital skills and at least 20 million EU professionals employed in the ICT sector by 2030.
From 2013 to this date, DigComp has been used for various purposes related to employment, and education, including lifelong learning and training. The Digital Competence Framework of Citizens (DigComp) provides a common understanding of what digital competence is and is a tool for developing the digital competence of European citizens. It provides a comprehensive description of the knowledge, skills, and attitudes that people have in five competence areas:
- Information and data literacy
- Communication and Collaboration
- Digital content creation
The DigComp determines eight proficiency levelsinspired by the structure and vocabulary of the European Qualifications Framework (ECI), from the “Foundation level” to the “highly specialized”.
For more than a decade, the European Digital Competence Framework for Citizens has provided a common understanding of digital competence across the EU and beyond, providing a solid basis for a digital skills development strategy, curriculum development, and digital competence assessment tools.
Based on the DigComp framework, EU Member States have developed more than 20 digital competence assessment tools for different target groups in society. Digital competence is important for learning, work, and also for active participation in society, so citizens need competence in all areas of DigComp.
DigComp version 2.2
Version 2.2 of the DigComp framework highlights new examples of knowledge, skills, and attitudes. These examples illustrate the new priority areas to help citizens engage digital technologies in a credible, critical, and secure way in their daily lives. Also, the 2.2 version includes new technologies, such as systems based on artificial intelligence (AI).
DigComp 2.2 offers tools and resources to develop the digital skills of European citizens. For example, the Europass CV creation tool to create a CV online, MyDigiSkills, and “Check your Digital Skills!” Self-assessment tools to better understand the level of digital skills by assessing their knowledge, skills, and attitudes in each of the five DigComp domains.
The new version of the DigComp framework will further strengthen its role in achieving the objectives of the European Digital Strategy initiatives, including the Digital Education Action Plan and the European Pillar of Social Rights, as well as in the development of the European Digital Skills Certificate.
The European Commission is exploring the possibility of developing a European Digital Skills Certificate (EDSC) to help people quickly and easily get digital skills measured and recognized by employers, training providers, and other stakeholders. The EDSC will be based on the European Digital Competence Framework, which continues to be updated so that citizens can keep pace with the acquired digital skills in a fast-moving digital world.
DigComp 2.2 contains annexes on citizens’ interaction with AI systems and on remote/hybrid work and provides insight into the content of previous versions of the framework.
In today’s fast-changing context, it is also very important to promote digital skills for society and to raise awareness about the digital world and work in the digital environment. As well as developing the expertise of the public administration professionals who work with citizens, could support and motivate citizens to engage with digital solutions. Digital competence is also needed by employees to be able to work and be competitive in a time where digitalization and technological development is defining and shaping the labor market.
The latest version of the European Digital Competence Framework for Citizens (DigComp 2.2) has been translated into Latvian. To make it accessible to Latvian citizens, the public, local government, and private institutions, as well as to promote its use for the development of digital competence and the achievement of the objectives set in Latvia.