Embracing new digital educational media and resources is the only sustainable way for the European textbook market to increase access, affordability and quality of learning for all European citizens. Europe needs re-skilling and up-skilling, and textbook distributors must adapt to a more global and ever-evolving market.
The eTernity project is an initiative of the pre-standardisation group CEN Workshop on Learning Technologies (CEN WS-LT), actors in the textbook market, and stakeholders from education.
eTernity will contribute to a common reference framework to support public policy makers, private stakeholders and academic bodies that want to work together to reshape the digital marketplace for educational resources.
The goal of the eTernity initiative is to provide neutral guidance based on an agreed framework allowing us to move away from the many closed and vertical solutions flourishing in today’s digital content markets. Creation, inter-mediation (also called “curation”), distribution and use of textbooks need to be based on open architectural and technical standards which will make the marketplace more interoperable and scalable, in an ecosystem of multiple players and actors.