Become a Signatory
Become a GDN Signatory
We welcome signatories!
Becoming a Signatory has many benefits. Examples include networking opportunities in our international community, discounted registration fees for events, participation in the Annual Business meeting where there is a rich variety of sessions from world thought leaders on learner mobility and digitization, a comprehensive video library of expert sessions, and eligibility for leadership positions within the network.
The term signatory is used to denote persons or organizations that contribute to the sustainability of the Groningen Declaration Network by actively participating in task forces, working groups, leadership positions within the network and by contributing financially.
When you become a Signatory you essentially endorse citizen focused, privacy compliant data exchange principles that support mobility. Doing so is not a contractual obligation; however, it demonstrates support for ethical sharing of academic documents and data. Have a look at our principles and consider signing up today.
Australia and New Zealand
Benefits to GDN Signatories
Quoted in the recently issued UNESCO report Digital Credentialing: Implications for the recognition of learning across borders as “probably one of the main global convenors” in the Digital Credentialing Ecosystem, the Groningen Declaration Network promotes the vision that UNESCO calls for in its report: “to reach a common international approach where all aspects of a person’s learning are electronically documented, authenticated and can be accessed at any time and anywhere, shared and amended by the owner or by an authorized party”. Convenors such as the GDN play a crucial role here: “This is also the most critical [sector]. International agencies such as UNESCO and the (…) OECD have a role to play, and increasingly so do open communities and networks that have developed organically and comprise an eclectic mix of actors. The role of the convenors in the digital credential ecosystems is key in this respect”.
Signatories enjoy a sizeable reduction of the registration fee for our annual meeting.
Come and make your voice heard.
The GDN Board is continuously working to bring more benefits to our signatories.
Details on becoming a Signatory
The GDN invites you to become signatories! If you would like to propose yourself or your organisation as a new signatory, this is what we expect you to do:
- Please make sure to contribute the current annual Signatory fee.
– Educational Institution, Not-for-profit, Government Agencies €500 per annum
-Corporations and commercial companies €2000 per annum
Signatory fees are billed for the calendar year Jan-Dec.
- Familiarize yourself with the five basic GDN documents: Declaration, Statutes, Bylaws, Code of Conduct, and Statement of Ethical Principles. These five documents inform the way the network expects all of its participants to participate, especially so our prospective signatories. We expect your organization to commit itself to these basic documents and to adhere to it, witness your organization’s written pledge to do so at the time of signing: “We have read and approved of the Groningen Declaration and of its Network’s Statutes, By-Laws, Code of Conduct and Statement of Ethical Principles. We now apply our signatures below and commit to promoting the aims of the Groningen Declaration Network by our active involvement in its Task Forces, Committees and other activities.“
- After having familiarized yourself with these documents, fill out the online form and submit it.
- Upon receipt of your application, your organization’s statement of interest will be reviewed by the Board of Directors. The Executive Director and Secretary will notify you of the outcome once approved.
ON DATA PROTECTION AND PRIVACY
As any network organization, the GDN requires a contacts database to stay in touch with you : after all, what is a Network if it has no participating nodes? But – since our network consist of persons, the data that our contacts database holds are personal; moreover, since many of the persons in our network are either citizens of the European Union or maintain close dealings with citizens in the EU, the GDN has to comply with the rules of the recently enacted EU General Data Protection Regulation – GDPR; and this holds particularly true for the way we store, use and manage data in the GDN contacts database .
Now, given the GDN’s stance on privacy as being one of the essential building blocks to make the GDN vision and goals happen, the GDN wholeheartedly embraces the GDPR. Therefore, we want you to know what we do with your data and, of course, give you access to the data we keep on file about you and put you in control of your data. Please follow this link for more information on how the GDN views data protection.