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Re: [ontolog-forum] Ontologist Aptitude Test?

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From: Paola Di Maio <paola.dimaio@xxxxxxxxx>
Date: Fri, 18 Dec 2009 23:37:10 +0100
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And make sure a measure of fit for purposeness is in there somewhere...



On Fri, Dec 18, 2009 at 11:09 PM, Schiffel, Jeffrey A <jeffrey.a.schiffel@xxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
>  From: Ed Barkmeyer
>  I don't know how to teach knowledge engineering skills; so I can't imagine developing an abstract test for them.
>  I suppose that, since one can now be a Certified UML Modeler, one could probably be a Certified OWL Modeler.  OTOH, the relationship between Certified OWL Modeler and "ontologist aptitude" is unknown.

This is the key to developing an OAT. Rather than first developing the test, instead create an Ontologist Body of Knowledge. From them, several items follow, including an aptitude test.

The steps in order are these:

1. Build an OBoK.
2. Build a training curriculum.
3. Build a certification test.
4. Build an aptitude test.

To get started, here are just a few possible OBoK topics:

- Training and years of experience in use of logic, including FOL and modal logics. Applied use, such as SQL or DL.

- Training and years of experience in conceptual structures, including graphical tools and formal notations like XML, UML, many others.

- Use of ontology tools, ranging from general purpose tools (e.g., databases and Protégé) to specialized ontology tools.

- Training or skill in general systems theory.

- Training in algebraic methods such as trees and digraphs, lattices, and similar group structures, and in graph theory.

- Knowledge of an "ontology life cycle," to include designing an maintaining individual or coupled ontologies.

- Basic principles of syntax, semantics, semiotics.

>From topics such as these, not only can a OBoK and an accomplishments test be developed, but also a training curriculum. Once these three exist, an aptitude test should be simple to formulate.


-- Jeff Schiffel

Paola Di Maio
“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.”
Albert Einstein

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