REGIONAL COMPETENCE - IPS -2000-00062
Regional Competence Databases and Networks,
for Intellectual Capital Management and Innovation in
Technical Report N° 3 for the Period 01-06-2002 – 30-11-2002 (T 12 + 6)
General Project Data
Sterne Johannesson - project co-ordinator firstname.lastname@example.org
Lars Karlsson - scientific and technical assistant to the co-ordination email@example.com
Hans-Olof Månsson – ICT and data base firstname.lastname@example.org
LO-distriktet i Blekinge (The Regional TUC of the Province of Blekinge)
Östra Köpmangatan 24
SE-371 32 Karlskr ona
Tel + 46 70 563 1633 Fax +46 455 309 861
Mobile +46 705 631 633
Consortium 11 partners in 4 countries + the European organisation CEMR
Duration 36 Months until June 2004
Cost of the project 2.217.500 Euro
EC Co-financing 1.179.000 Euro
EC Project Officer Ana-Teresa Caetano/Klaus Schwall
Main cluster group: The Knowledge and Competence Group
Partner number and name Country Main responsibilities
1. LO Sweden General co-ordination and definition of the
(LO-Distriktet i Blekinge - common methodological framework
The Blekinge TUC )
2. BTH Sweden Scientific support: Research related to
(The University of description of different forms of knowledge,
Karlskrona/Ronneby) skills and competence
3. SAM (Samuraj Data AB) Sweden Technical co-ordination and ICT management,
development and adaptation of the databases
4. CCF (Camera di Italy Co-ordination of the Italian activities,
Commercio di Firenze) Involvement of local SMEs and associations,
(PROMOFIRENZE and awareness and dissemination
5. PROVINCIA Italy Competence taxonomy and mapping, with a
Provincia di Firenze particular reference to the Italian education and
(AFPF ) training system.
6. CNA Firenze – Zona Italy Main organiser of the Italian pilot group of
Mugello (Florentine SMEs, particularly in the Mugello Region.
Craftsmen Association) Cultural/functional adaptation of the tools
7. KOMEN Slovenia Slovenian co-ordinator and organiser of the pilot
(The Municipality of activities in Slovenia. Adaptation and
Komen) localisation of the involved tools
8. IRES-Toscana Italy Scientific support together with the BTH.
(Institute of Economic and Research on socio-economic aspects and
Social Research of Tuscany) surveys related to the mapping of competence.
9. CEMR Pan- European awareness and extended
(The Council of European European dissemination of the Regional Competence tools
Municipalities and Regions) and methods.
10. BESEL Spain Spanish co-ordinator and organiser of the pilot
(Besel S.A) activities in Spain. Adaptation and localisation
of the involved tools
11. PPC Slovenia Regional support to the Slovenian pilot. Further
(Entrepreneur Promoting Slovenian dissemination.
Centre PPC Sezana in SME involvement
replacement for Cross border application with Italy
Brief Project Introduction
The central objectives of the Regional Competence project were formulated as follows
- improve the basis for a customised individual, organisational and regional human
resource and competence development and management.
- improve the planning and organisation of individual and collective, private and public
training and use of e-Learning.
- contribute to the establishment of a European system for company and regional
competence profiles aimed at improved regional competitiveness.
- improve regional, multidimensional competence networking, co-operation and
- improve the co-operation between SMEs with complementary competence profiles.
- improve the general conditions for a pro-active collaboration between actors in the
labour market in the field of competence development and management.
- create an improved basis for Intellectual Capital Management in SMEs and for the
solution of related internal IPR issues.
- pave the way for the establishment of a European Regional Competence Network with
participation of private and public actors and end-users in the labour market.
Deliverables and results
The main deliverables, milestones and results envisaged in the Regional Competence are:
• Adapted and localised software and other tools for company based individual regional
• The identification and elaboration of strategies for the elimination of barriers to
• The successful execution of pilot activities, aiming at the introduction of Individual
Competence (company) Databases (ICD) and the introduction of Regional
Competence Databases (RCD) and networks in a number of European regions.
• The definition and establishment of systems for applied competence data interpretation
(e.g.) for customised training activities and complementarity based co-operation at
• The establishment of a European Competence Network together with initiatives in the
direction of a common European system for company and regional competence
The Regional Competence project addresses a number of factors that are of increasing
importance for SMEs, other private and public organisations as well as for the individual
employees, in the emerging knowledge - and competence-based e-Society.
The projects explicit objectives are to cater for the needs of competence management and
planning of a wide range of also smaller companies and organisations, thus creating the
basis for their active and conscious participation in the continuous development and
transformation processes of the emerging knowledge society.
In consequence the ambition of the Regional Competence project is that their systems and
tools must be license free and otherwise affordable for the end-users and strictly user-
The software is open source based i.e. open for further developments and adaptations to
The core tools of the project will be kept as straightforward, uncomplicated and trouble-
free as possible, but will also be possible to be combined with other complementary tools
Technological development work
While the non-technological aspects of the project are in the focus for much of the project
activities (see below), the "technological" focal centre of the Regional Competence project
is the two open source database systems and software tools - the Individual Competence
Database (ICD) and the Regional Competence Database (RCD) for which the prototypes
have been developed and tested in Blekinge, Sweden,
The ICD is a system and software aiming at the mapping of the competence of individual
employees. The competence mapping and filling out of the data form has normally been
done in the context of a “development discussion” between the employee and a staff or
During that conversation an individual competence development plan is also ideally
established and agreed upon. The integrity of the employee is respected and the
personalised data stays at company level and is not published on the web.
The RCD is a regional company competence database, where the competence profiles of
SMEs and other organisations are being published on the web. The main objective with
the RCD is to further regional competitiveness (e.g.) through improved co-operation
between SMEs with complementary competence profiles. At the same time the RCD
supports the elaboration of regional competence profiles and regional competence
development strategy plans. There is no automatic connection between the company based
Individual Competence and the Regional Competence databases, but the average values
from the ICD can be used (e.g.) when the company competence profiles are elaborated for
The ICD database is primarily to be considered as an internal competence management
working tool, while the RCD database very well also can be use for and included in the
regional promotional activities
The adaptation and localisation is an ongoing process that also continues after the
establishment of the first language versions. The common development of all core tools is
collected and filtered through an open source community process, mainly lead by the
partner Samuraj. (see under working groups).
Additional to the core tools there is room for local, regional and national variations. The
tools can also be combined with other relevant competence management tools and
systems.(see the reports from the regions)
Regional websites in respective language function as the contact points in the different
national and regional contexts for this and other project related processes.
Non-technological development work
In the project there is a continuously ongoing participatory and problem oriented applied
theoretical discussion about a number of subjects.
In order to cover the different project aspects and to ensure the transnational
integration/adaptation, the partners have established three inter -related technical/scientific
working groups on:
1. Software development/adaptation aspects (Open Source)
2. Content, semantics of competence and implementation methods
3. Dissemination strategies and activities.
In order to also involve end-users and other stakeholders, the project is further organising
regional research circles.
The internal working groups and the circles are platforms for an intensive structured
reflection and participatory research activities on central issues as (e.g.)
- the consequent application of “open source” principles.
- the definitions and distinctions between the concepts of knowledge, skills and
- how to identify, describe, and map which types of competence (also implicit
knowledge and transversal competence).
- how to best approach SMEs and other organisations (footwork etc.)
- how to talk about competence and competence development.
- barriers to implementation in different sectoral and national contexts.
- the role of competence mapping and competence databases within the regional
- European standard codes and classifications.
- data transparency and individual integrity.
This collective efforts are being reflected in context related reports and manuals about
(e.g.) How to talk about competence? How to establish competence development plans?
How to best approach SMEs and other organisations? etc.
Another continuously important discussion is related to the fact (and serious obstacle) that
there does not exist any common European competence classification system and
taxonomy, particularly in what refers to non-formal working life knowledge, skills based
knowledge, experience based knowledge and tacit/implicit knowledge.
Regional Competence wishes to widen and extend the internal discussion processes to the
exchange with other Innovation Projects within the framework of the Knowledge Cluster
The Regional Competence assumed the role of main coordinator for the Knowledge
Cluster during 2002.
In this role as coordinator of the Knowledge Cluster, the RC project actively participated
in the co-operation wit h other IPs and the AM - Cluster, in the efforts to continue the
building of the cluster co-operation (also involving the new IPs of the third generation).
This has included the co-operation in the own cluster, but also an active role in the
organisation of related common events.(e.g. Brussels in October and Potsdam in
Regional Competence is now preparing the handover of the role as main coordinator for
the Knowledge Cluster to the IP Entertain, coordinated by the organisation LABEIN from
Logbook over the coordination activities, common events and significant local,
regional and national activities for the third period (June. 02- Nov. 02).
DATE ACTIVITY / NOTES ATTENDING
2-4/6/02 Spanish Innovation week Pamplona: Several Partners from Regional
Regional Competence partners participated in this Competence. AM Cluster, Other
event, CIW sessions, cluster generation meetings IPs, Spanish stakeholders and
and conference. authorities, CEC Project officers
7/6/02 The second meeting at the Province of Florence of Paolo Martinez, Mario Zoccatelli,
the Research Circle on competence semantics and Daniele Terenzi, Roberto Berti,
the tools so far used by the Province: Gianluca Milanese, Franco
• Definition of an action plan of the circle to Bortolotti.
analyze and integrate classification
methods, interviewing methods and to make
a biblio graphic survey on competence
mapping and tools. (benchmarking)
• How to relate this to the RC simple “down
to earth” and “fool proof” competence
mapping and development tools and to
7/6/02. Boecillo /Valladolid/Spain: Round table about VI BESEL, Sterne Johannesson, Erik
Framework Program and Castilla y León IPs cluster Karlsson, Lars Karlsson - LO,
projects presentation The Reg Comp partner Besel Regional cluster partners and
organized a presentation in collaboration with representatives for different
Regional Competence Coordinator - LO and the chambers of commerce,
Castilla y León Knowledge cluster partners, in technological parks and regional
Boecillo Technological Park, directed to different development agency members.
commerce chambers, technological parks and
regional development agency members.
10-11/6/02 Karlskrona/Sweden: Further training of Trade TUC staff and functionaries from
Union staff and functionaries from the Blekinge the Southern Swedish region, Erik
TUC and the neighbouring counties about the use of Karlsson, Sterne Johannesson
the Regional Competence tool
17/6/02 Karlskrona/Sweden: Regional Competence Partner All partners
Meeting. Internal review and planning
18/6/02 Karlskrona/Sweden: Workshop around Open Source All partners
19/6/02 Karlskrona/Sweden: Technical training in data base All partners
support and development
20/6/02 Karlskrona/Sweden: Continued technical training in All partners
data base support and development
4/7/02 Florence/Italy: meeting among all partners to Martinez (Firenze Tecnologia),
discuss about the status of the Project and to report Ranieri (Promofirenze), Berti
after Karlskrona meeting (CNA), Bortolotti (IRES
5/07/02 Florence/Italy: internal meeting to discuss upon Lesmo, Ranieri (Promofirenze)
organizational proceedings Martinez (Firenze Tecnologia)
Logbook (June. 02- Nov. 02). (continued)
DATE ACTIVITY / NOTES ATTENDING
25/07/02 Florence/Italy: discussion and introduction of the Martinez (Firenze Tecnologia),
three Project’s Committee Ranieri (Promofirenze), Berti
(CNA), Milanese (Province)
20/8/02 Ronneby/Sweden: Updating of the information about Representatives from a number of
Regional Competence for regional TU federation TU organisation, Erik Karlsson,
functionaries and its role in the general continuous Sterne Johannesson
campaign for competence raising among the TU
22-27/8/02 Blekinge/Sweden: Breakfast meetings in the 5 Representatives from a number of
municipalities of the Blekinge region with local TU TU organisation, Erik Karlsson,
functionaries. Updating of the information about Sterne Johannesson
29-30/8/02 Blekinge/Sweden: Trade Union Planning Conference. Representatives from a number of
Updating of the information about Regional TU organisation, Erik Karlsson,
Competence. Integration of the Regional Competence Sterne Johannesson
project in the general activity planning for the coming
9/9/02 Blekinge/Sweden: TU Strategy Conference. The Representatives from a number of
long-term strategic integration of the Regional TU organisation, Erik Karlsson,
Competence project in the TU activities. How to best Sterne Johannesson
approach and integrate an increasing number of
employers/entrepreneurs/SMEs in the Regio nal
Competence related activities
11/9/02 Florence, Italy: Meeting to discuss upon problems Berti (CNA), Ranieri
raising from mapping procedure (Promofirenze),
12/9/02 Florence, Italy: Meeting to discuss upon problems Martinez (Firenze Tecnologia)
raising from mapping procedure. Lesmo, Ranieri (Promofirenze),
13/9/02 Borgo S. Lorenzo (Florence), Italy: start of qualitative Roberto Berti (CNA), Mauro
interviews to a pilot group of 5 Mugello SMEs t Brustia (Provincia di Firenze)
19/9/02 Preparatory meetings in Luxembourg for further RC coordinator and partners +
cluster activities (RC is presently coordinating the AMs + other IPs + CEC
30/9/02 Promotion by CEMR of the Regional Competence CEMR, Pirita Lindholm
project at the EU expert seminar for Employment,
2 –3/10/02 Training for Health and Safety delegates about the TUC Blekinge, Erik Karlsson, 38
competence questions and their relation psychosocial Health and Safety delegates from
environment at work. Competence development as the Blekinge region
part of preventive health care.
07/10/03 Florence/Italy: Italian Partners Meeting to update Berti (CNA), Ranieri
partners’ efforts and plan new activities (Promofirenze), Bortolotti (IRES),
Zoccatelli, Milanese (Provincia),
Martinez (Firenze Tecnologia),
Logbook (June. 02- Nov. 02). (continued)
DATE ACTIVITY / NOTES ATTENDING
16/10/02 Florence/Italy: Meeting to discuss upon problems Andrea Borri, Martinez (Firenze
raising from mapping procedure and from the Tecnologia), Ranieri
software adaptation and integration to adopt the (Promofirenze), Berti (CNA),
Netlabor Provincial software Model within ICDB Lungani ; Mauro Brust ia
(Province), Ing. Caputo
21- Brussels/Belgium: Clustering meeting: During the Partners from Regional
22/10/02 cluster activity days 21st and 22nd of October 2002 Competence. AM Cluster Other
in Brussels the partners got together to discuss the IPs
key problems and challenges of the Knowledge
cluster, the me ssages the cluster wants to give, as
well as an action plan for the cluster. At the same
time the outcomes of the workshops were to be used
as a basis in planning the cluster event on 4th and 5th
of December in Potsdam, Germany
23/10/02 Brussels/Belgium: CEMR Sounding board activity - The CEMR Employment and
The first sounding board event was organised in Social Issues Committee, Pirita
connection with the CEMR employment and social Lindholm, Walter Wenzel, Paolo
issues committee on 23 rd of October 2002. The Martinez, Lars Karlsson
meeting aimed to assess and adjust the actual
dissemination activities. Especially the benefits of
the project and the future proposals were discussed.
24/10, 02 TUC Blekinge Elected Delegates Meeting: 50 elected TU functionaries from
Information about the progress of Regional the Blekinge region
24/10/02 Florence/Italy: meeting to discuss upon the Andrea Borri, Paolo Martinez
adaptation of the Regional Competence Software to Simone Guasti (Firenze
Florentine needs. Start of the integration of the Tecnologia), Stefania Ranieri
Netlabor tables of professionalities, skills, (Promofirenze), Roberto Berti
languages, ICT within the ICDB software. (CNA), Brusta (Province), Ing.
25/10, 02 Technology Park of Castilla y León, BESEL, Representatives for
Boecillo/Valladolid/Spain: Regional Competence European Technology parks
Project Presentation, at the 2. Innovation Meeting from France, Italy, Portugal, The
with European Technology parks from France, Italy, permanent commission of
Portugal, and to the Castilla y León permanent Science and Technology of
commission of Science and Technology. Castilla y León
28/10, 02 Promotion by CEMR of the Regional Competence CEMR, .Pirita Lindholm
project at the LOGON meeting, Vienna
31/10, 02 Valladolid/Spain: Regional Competence Project BESEL
Presentation to the LEGITE program innovation
Logbook (June. 02- Nov. 02). (continued)
DATE ACTIVITY / NOTES ATTENDING
7-8/11, 02 TUC Blekinge Planning Conference for 2003. The 19 TU functionaries from the
structuring of the continued role of Regional Blekinge Region
Competence in the general TU activities in Blekinge
2003. Strengthened RC activities directed to the
11/11, 02 Valladolid/Spain: Presentation of Regional BESEL
Competence project to the Castilla y León CEEI
Autumn 02 Castilla y Leon European Innovation Projects BESEL, CARTIF
Cluster. Regional Cluster CARTIF- Besel
Besel and CARTIF Technological Centre had
different meetings to develop the Regional
Innovation Cluster between Esplanade and Regional
Competence projects and also to get a common
strategy in the dissemination activities.
11/11/02 Florence/Italy: meeting to verify the process of Andrea Borri, Stefania Ranieri
integration of the Netlabor Job centre software (Promofirenze)
within the ICDB software.
18/11/02 Florence/Italy: meeting to show the first results of Andrea Borri, Paolo Martinez,
the ICDB integration with Netlabor. Simone Guasti (Firenze