In information science, an ontology is a formal representation of a set of concepts within a domain and the relationships between those concepts. When it comes to a specific area, like human resources, standard terms and qualifications can be a challenge as the data is constantly evolving. Smart Brief brought this interesting topic to our attention in their article, “How a skills ontology framework keeps enterprises ahead of the curve.”

Skills ontology is a categorization that builds a common language of skills, defining the aspects of a specific job rather than relying on blanket terms and vague descriptions.

Some good examples of skills ontology in action include a marketer who needs to be up on the latest digital skills, from search engine optimization to content marketing, or a software developer who must know specific programming languages. Roles, and even titles such as a project manager, team leader and group leader at one company may mean something entirely different at another.

Melody K. Smith

Sponsored by Access Innovations, the world leader in thesaurus, ontology, and taxonomy creation and metadata application.