Prior to the HR-XML 3.0 Candidate schema, the Cedefop (the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training) developed its own internal XML schema to store and edit Europass CV using their website CV editor. Starting 2008, they have published free opensource tools such as XML transformation sheet to help cross interoperability with the HR-XML candidate specifications (v2.5 as well as v3.x) based on the Europass CV HR-XML Application Profile document.
What is Europass?
Europass is a European Union (Directorate General for Education and Culture) initiative to increase transparency of qualification and mobility of citizens in Europe. It aims to be a "Life Long Learning Portfolio" of documents containing the descriptions of all learning achievements, official qualifications, work results, skills and competencies, acquired over time, along with the related documentation. The five Europass documents are the curriculum vitae, Language Passport, Europass Mobility, Certificate supplement, and Diploma supplement, sharing a common brand name and logo. It aims to make a person's skills and qualifications clearly understood throughout Europe (including the European Union, European Economic Area and candidate countries).
In 2005, the European Centre for the Development of Vocational Training (Cedefop) has launched the Europass website which is a central resource of information related to the Europass documents. Its purpose is also to help all users create, with a simple wizard, a curriculum vitae or a language passport in the Europass format. It is available in 26 languages. In every country, a National Europass Centre promotes and provides information on the Europass documents. The Europass website and the online CV/LP editor continue to attract more and more citizens every month (1.3 million visits in March 2012, among 50 million visits in march 2012 since its launch in 2005, more than 18 million CV completed online since its launch).
In a next blog entry we will focus more on the support of the HR-XML specification in the Europass transformation web service available online as well as the other European standardization efforts planned for 2012 and 2013 from Cedefop, CEN (European Centre for Normalisation) within last projects of the Learning Technology working group such as Interoperability of Learning Outcomes and Competencies (Inloc) and Modelling European Learner-Ownable Information (MELOI) and how they relate to HR-XML recruiting work.
The HR-XML Europass CV Application Profile is already supported by online service such as eurocv and opensource tools such as the Rhizome project Europass CV plugin for wordpress. For more information please ask Marc Van Coillie, member of HR-XML consortium, member of the Europass community and expert for the CEN/ISSS Workshop on Learning Technology.