OBoK... Now this makes sense to me. If you want to quantify someone's
knowledge in a particular domain surely you must measure their
familiarity with some defined body of knowledge. The sofware
engineering community faced this same situation some time ago which
led to the development of the Software Engineering Body of Knowledge
(SEBoK). Perhaps there are some lessons that could be taken from that
process. I think the ISE at CMU championed a bunch of that effort. (01)
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On Dec 18, 2009, at 5:09 PM, "Schiffel, Jeffrey A"
> wrote: (04)
>> 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
> - 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
> -- Jeff Schiffel
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