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Re: [ontolog-forum] Ontologist Aptitude Test?

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From: "Schiffel, Jeffrey A" <jeffrey.a.schiffel@xxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 1 Feb 2010 10:40:34 -0600
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Peter's recent post announcing this: Re: OntologySummit2010: "Creating the 
Ontologists of the Future" Virtual Panel Session-3 - "Training Requirements for 
Ontologists" reminded me of a an earlier thread.    (01)

In mid-December, a thread ran with the title cited in the subject line of this 
note. During the exchange of posts, I added this to the discussion:    (02)

> Rather than first developing the test, instead create an Ontologist Body of 
>Knowledge. From it, 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.    (03)

I also listed a set of topics, which in a following post, John Sowa shortened 
and clarified to this list:
>   1. Logic:  FOL, modal logics, and applied use, such as SQL or DL.
>   2. Conceptual structures, including graphical tools and formal
>      notations like XML, UML, many others.
>   3. Tools:  ranging from general purpose tools (e.g., databases and
>      Protégé) to specialized ontology tools.
>   4. General systems theory.
>   5. Algebraic methods such as trees and digraphs, lattices, and
>      similar group structures, and graph theory.
>   6. Ontology life cycle: designing an maintaining individual or
>      coupled ontologies.
>   7. Basic principles of syntax, semantics, semiotics.    (04)

Someone else suggested (pardon me, but at the moment, I can't track down who it 
was) that the existing Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBoK) process 
be used as a model. I agree with this; in fact, I participated in the 
development of SWEBoK.    (05)

In light of the current Ontology Summit 2010 series, I suggest reviving the 
idea of developing an Ontologist Body of Knowledge, perhaps also leading to a 
aptitude test and a (hesitate to propose) certification test be kept in mind.    (06)

Does anyone agree? If so, I would be willing to begin the early work on 
gathering material for an OBoK, to be stored for comment in the Ontolog Forum 
wiki. OBoK development would not start until after the current Summit series 
concludes.    (07)

Regards,    (08)

-- Jeff Schiffel    (09)

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