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Re: [ontolog-forum] Ontologist Aptitude Test?

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From: Joel Bender <jjb5@xxxxxxxxxxx>
Date: Mon, 26 Jul 2010 16:19:09 -0400
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Hi,    (01)

Not that I'm interested in beating a dead horse (*), but the concept of an 
Ontologist Body Of Knowledge (OBOK) has been festering in my mind along with 
the idea of what would go into some kind of certification that someone is 
familiar with it and can apply its principles.    (02)

There are a group of folks around here that seem to be coagulating around the 
idea of calling themselves "business analysts" and joining groups such as the 
International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA), which in turn have 
produced a Business Analyst Body Of Knowledge (BABOK), and understanding and 
applying the concepts of this document are one of the requirements for 
obtaining Certification of Competency in Business Analysis (CCBA).    (03)

     The following requirements must be met at the time of applying for CCBA 
in order to be approved to take the CCBA exam:
       Minimum 3750 hours of BA work, aligned with the BABOK Guide, in the 
last seven years
       Minimum 900 hours in 2 of the 6 knowledge areas or 500 hours in 4 of 
the 6 knowledge areas
       Minimum 21 hours of Professional Development
       Minimum high school education or equivalent
       Two references from a career manager, client or CBAP recipient
       Signed Code of Conduct    (04)

All of this stuff is $ of course, and the exam is not available yet.    (05)

When we last left this thread, Jeffrey Schiffel wrote:    (06)

> There are a number of organizations that are concerned with this subject in 
>one way or another. The original group is the International Society for the 
>Systems Sciences, whose home page is at:
> http://isss.org/world/index.php    (07)

Always the skeptic, I look forward to pestering these "business analysts" the 
next time I see one and find out what they understand about ontology driven 
development.  If you are a member of this institution and/or are familiar with 
the BABOK, I would be interested in hearing from you.    (08)

(*) a phrase that generally means expending a lot of effort with negligible 
results    (09)

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