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Ontology supported competency system

Lundqvist, K. O., Baker, K. and Williams, S. (2011) Ontology supported competency system. International Journal of Knowledge and Learning, 7 (3/4). pp. 197-219. ISSN 1741-1017

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To link to this item DOI: 10.1504/IJKL.2011.044539


Traditionally representation of competencies has been very difficult using computer-based techniques. This paper introduces competencies, how they are represented, and the related concept of competency frameworks and the difficulties in using traditional ontology techniques to formalise them. A “vaguely” formalised framework has been developed within the EU project TRACE and is presented. The framework can be used to represent different competencies and competency frameworks. Through a case study using an example from the IT sector, it is shown how these can be used by individuals and organisations to specify their individual competency needs. Furthermore it is described how these representations are used for comparisons between different specifications applying ontologies and ontology toolsets. The end result is a comparison that is not binary, but tertiary, providing “definite matches”, possible / partial matches, and “no matches” using a “traffic light” analogy.

Item Type:Article
ID Code:23841
Uncontrolled Keywords:competency; competency frameworks; ontology; semi-automated comparison; competency standards; vague domain comparison; computational representation; implementation; competency mappings and relationships.
Publisher:Inderscience Enterprises Ltd


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