Digital Competence and Web Technologies: Analysis of a Research Project and its Instruments

Antonio Cartelli
InSITE 2008  •  Volume 8  •  2008
The paper reports on the features of the framework for digital literacy support and documentation, developed within a research project the author is working on, with some colleagues in other Italian universities. First a short introduction on the features of today society often called “knowledge society” is reported, and the problems of digital divide and digital literacy are discussed. Soon after the research project, planned and carried out under the coordination of the University of Florence, for the development of the instruments to be devoted to the construction of a digital competence is drafted. To let the reader better understand how the project situates in the panorama of today studies, a synthesis of the international works on those topics is described, with a special attention to the connections between them and the new generations’ digital basic skills. The description of the general features of the project and of the instruments the author hypothesized for the hitting of the attained results are then discussed, while paying attention to the information systems to be used for the creation of an online testing system and for the management of digital literacy bibliography. The paper ends with some considerations on the evolution of the project and the possible results from it as regards informing science.
digital competence, digital divide, digital literacy, information literacy, information system, web technology.
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