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Governance of the DigComp framework

The DigComp framework is governed using a multi-stakeholder model where DG Employment, Social Affairs and Inclusion and JRC lead the management and quality assurance.

Further collaboration takes place with a wider set of stakeholders and "end users" such as national authorities, interest groups and key players (e.g. other digital competence frameworks and training providers).

Language versions of DigComp

Part of the DigComp framework and self-assessment questions have been translated in 28 languages by Cedefop as part of the Europass services.

When implementing DigComp in a national context, these translations should be used as a reference. This will ensure that there will not be multiple translations of terms that might confuse users. The links below refer to the Europass website where the information is made available in multiple languages:

bg - es - cs - da - cs - de - et - el - en - fr - hr - is - it - lv - lt - hu - mk - mt - nl - no - pl - pt - ro - sk - sl - fi - sv - tr


New competence frameworks derived from DigComp

The DigComp framework can be used as a base to develop a digital competence framework for a specific context. This is considered as being a derivative work of DigComp.

Two derivative frameworks were developed in 2016, one for consumers in collaboration with DG JUST (DigCompConsumers) and the other one for educators in collaboration with DG EAC.

Creating a derivative framework can take different forms, for example adding a whole new competence or leaving one out. In some other case, a whole new area can be added or deleted, an example of this is the Carer+ project, which has based their model on DigComp only using 4 of the 5 DigComp areas and adding 7 new areas.


Versioning of DigComp

Changes are needed to keep the DigComp framework up-to-date and relevant to modern day challenges. They take place in every 2-4 years in order to minimise any excessive efforts needed from stakeholders to implement or adopt the DigComp framework.

A sequential numbering scheme of two numbers (major.minor) is used to keep track of different versions of DigComp. When there is, for example, a significance change in the conceptual reference model, the first sequence (major) is changed (i.e. 1.0 to 2.0). On the other hand, when varying some aspects (e.g. in Dimension 3, 4 and/or 5), the changes to the sequence after the first number are made to represent changes (minor).

Changes always take place based on on-going scientific research and feedback received through some form of stakeholder consultation.

  • version published in 2013 is considered
  • version published in June 2016 is DigComp 2.0 and includes an update of the conceptual model and new vocabualry
  • version published in May 2017 is DigComp 2.1 and includes an update of proficiency levels and examples


Getting involved with DigComp

Shaping DigComp into a practical tool is done through the active involvement of people from the education and training sector, the labour market and the social partners as well as the industry (including the ICT industry).

Anyone interested in becoming involved or learning more about how to develop DigComp can contactthe team directly.