Second press release of VINA project

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Intellectual outputs of the VINA project
VINA project focuses on Validating Informal and Non formal Acquired Skills. It is an European Cofunded project coordinated by EURO, an Italian Research Centre. Partner organizations are: European Learning Network Ltd (United Kingdom), Evropská rozvojová agentura s.r.o. (Czech Republic), e‐Compass (Greece) and Fundacja Instytut Rownowagi Spoleczno Ekonomicznej (Poland).
Through international partnership we aim to exchange good practices and support people in Europe with a simple to use instrument, which opens opportunities to make their skills visible and clearly validated.
Our main products include:

  • Database – database of effective instruments for validation of informal and non-formal qualifications
  • Analyser – Recognition Opportunities Tendency Analyser R.O.T.A.

are complete and ready to use. They are both available on our website:
VINA Database
VINA Database is ready to help users looking for information, projects and their outcomes, European and international organizations, and tools around validation of informal and non-formal education.
VINA Database is designed according to the recommendations of a tool categorisation of Cedefop, agency which helps European Commission, EU Member States and the social partners to develop the right European VET policies. It takes into account different categories: the phases of validation, areas of interest and our target groups.
What is interesting is that users are able to add new tools/entries and also translate any tools/entries in any language. These features allow us to expand the database fast, through collaborations with individuals and public and private organisations. These collaborations of course will continue to develop in the

following years allowing to exploit the possibilities of the database to the highest level. The database will be maintained by EURO for at least another 5 years.
Recognition Opportunities Tendency Analyzer (R.O.T.A.)
Along with the database, we have also developed a Recognition Opportunities Tendency Analyzer (R.O.T.A.) mechanism. It uses a special algorithm assigned to each tool and evaluates them according to the number of visits to each tool in a collaboration with the searches in the database.
The results are displayed in a table and also in a graphic format. The table shows the main tools that reported the most visits and searches in the database. The chart next to the table shows the tools with the major index number, signifying popularity and therefore the skills searched.
At R.O.T.A page we include additional statistics concerning the tools we keep in the database. These are the country of origin of the users, the visits from computer or from mobile phones or tablets, the types of Operating Systems etc. This information helps to extract additional conclusions of the preferences of tools, discover tendencies of the users and other information such as the profile of the users that use our database. Thus, again signifying popular skills being searched.
Multiplier events
After completion of VINA outputs, dissemination events will take place in all partner countries. During this events we want to share our database and ROTA with groups interested in informal and non-formal acquired skills validation. We would like to invite you to participate!