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IYS Skills Ontology Features

What is IYS Skills Ontology?

Rich and Dynamic Resource on Skills across Industries and Functions for easy mapping of skills to people and jobs.


1. Coverage of Synonyms, Acronyms and Spelling Differences

  • Examples of Synonyms:
    Internet Marketing = Digital Marketing = Web Marketing
  • Examples of Acronyms:
    JS = JavaScript
  • Examples of Spelling Differences:
    .Net = Dot Net = DotNet

2. Grouping of skills into logical categories

  • Examples of categories:
    Programming Languages, Designing Tools, Managerial Activities, Engineering Standards

3. Hierarchical Association of Skills and skills categories

Example: Programming Language

  • Java
  • Arrays
  • Classes
  • Functions
  • Digital Marketing
  • SEO
  • SEO Activities
  • On Page SEO Activities
  • URL Rewriting
  • Page Optimization
  • 4. Graphical Association of skills

    Example: Medical Coding

    Related Skills Categories: Medical Coding Standards, Medical Coding

    Software, Areas in Medical Coding, Certifications in Medical Coding

    5. Rating on proficiencies

    • A standard four scale rating across all skills
    • A four scale rating is chosen after researching on different options such as five or ten scale rating as four is simpler and also, in comparison with five scale rating removes the behaviour to rate at the middle to play safe.

    6. Legends for ratings

    • The legends for the proficiency ratings i.e. what each of the proficiency level denote vary for different skills.
    • Understandably, the proficiency level or measure of capabilities cannot be same for all skills such as designing, communication, programming. Thus the legends are tailored to the skills.

    7. Proxy Name

    • The way the skills are organised in the backend cannot be the same as that is used in the search. And thus proxies are used for terms
    • Example: Backend for Languages could be as follows. The proxies are shown in the bracket)

    • Language Proficiency
    • French
    • Speaking (Speaking French)
    • Writing (Writing French)

    8. Contextual References

    • Often words in isolation may make little sense and can make different people interpret differently.
    • Example a simple word like English can taking different meaning when prefix or suffix is added such as Teaching English, Learning English, Blogging in English, Teaching in English

    9. Constant Updation

      The Skills Ontology is constantly updated through three channels:

    • Using data analytic tools to extract and analyse terms from job postings
    • User contribution
    • Secondary research
    • IYS does a governance on the skills fetched to understand, and assign appropriate positions for these terms in the ontology.

    10. Skills Coverage

      By the work skills reference is made to all aspects of talent including technical or functional skills, behavioral skills, activities, knowledge (of concepts, methods, standards etc.), certifications, domain or context

    11. Association of skills to roles

      Titles or designations serve a certain purpose. But they may not give a correct picture on the skills profile. In IYS we refer to roles instead of titles and roles give a sense of the skills profile. Roles are associated to skills and skills groups.

    IYS Skills Profile Framework

    Structured, Logical, Quantified.

    The Skills Profile is a logical framework that articulates the different facets of skills of a person or of a job.

    Just as a basic health profile covers different facets of health such as lipid profile, hemogram, cardio profile and others, similarly a Skills Profile of a Job or a Person covers different facets of skill including knowledge, tools and technologies, domain, role and activities, and behavioral skills. The importance and coverage of each of these facets, and indeed the terminology itself, could vary from function to function.


    This includes concepts (e.g.: Programming Concepts), principles (e.g.: Safety Principles), standards (e.g.: Structural Engineering Standards), methodologies (e.g.: Design Methodologies) or factual information (e.g.: Laws and Statutes)

    Tools & Technologies

    This includes equipment (e.g.: Material Moving Equipment), instruments (e.g.: Laboratory Instruments), software (e.g.: CAD software), Machinery (e.g.: Lathes), or Hardware (e.g.: Servers).

    Role and Activities

    Titles are not a good way of matching people to jobs since they do not always clearly communicate what a person does two persons with the same job title may not be doing the same things. A better approach is to delve into the activities undertaken and cluster them together and allowing the user to choose relevant activities. For example, activities in project management may include effort estimation, manpower planning, manpower allocation, customer engagement, budgeting and billing. At the same time in order to understand responsibility on a broad level from a people management perspective, we define the Operational role into four areas: Individual Contributor, Team Leader, Manager, and Individual Contributor (Specialist). This is important because the behavioral skills required are different for each of these roles


    This refers to the area in which one has applied one's skills it could also be referred to as a 'context'. Skill can take on different flavors based on the domain of practice. For example, Accountants could have experience with Accounting in different industries. Software Developers could have experience with developing applications for different industries. Customer Support Callers could have experience with support in different languages. Domain is, therefore, a critical dimension, as it helps the profiler understand the nuances of the skill. For instance, accounting in Oil and Gas is not same as that in Banking.

    Behavioral Skills

    These include Behavioral Competencies (or just Competencies), or Soft Skills. Four aspects are covered here - Aptitude, People Skills, Language and Traits. Aptitude broadly refers to the different ways of and abilities in information processing. People Skills refers to skills in relating to other people. Language has four aspects - understanding of the language, reading, writing and speaking. Traits are subtle inherent qualities of a person that are paramount - with all other things being equal, the fundamental difference between a person who makes it and one who does not is the difference in their traits (for example, maybe one was more committed and sincere).


    This refers to the level of expertise in each skill. For consistency and simplicity, either a four point scale (star rating) or two-point scale (Yes/No) is used. The legends of the scales, i.e. what each level of proficiency refers to, varies from one skill to another.

    IYS Skills Profiler

    Simple, User-Friendly, Quick.

    The Skills Profiler is a user interface used to map skills of jobs and people.

    Experience the IYS Skills Profiler (Just Pick Tick and Rate your Skills). -- Search Box Space

    Complexity at the back-end made simple at the front-end

    The Skills Ontology is a complex, multi-faceted resource of skills. It is necessary to simplify this resource for users to map skills easily, while still offering comprehensive coverage of skills in different clusters as well as prompting the user with other related clusters of skills and the skills contained therein. This is the important role played by the Skills Profiler.

    Facets of the Skills Profiler

    • Enables Skills Mapping through fuzzy search as well as top down logical mapping of skills
    • Allows drilling down within a cluster of skills – for example, drilling down from Software Development to Programming Languages to specific Languages within the skills group
    • Displays related skills i.e. skills within the same cluster
    • Suggests skills categories that are related to the skills chosen by the user, allowing the user to pick a category and drill down skills within that category
    • Captures ratings on proficiency levels for selected skills

    IYS Skills Profiler

    Simple, User-Friendly, Quick.

    The Skills Profiler is a user interface used to map skills of jobs and people.

    A Skills Profile is a simple presentation of skills, whether the skills required for a particular job or the skills a particular person possesses.

    IYS Skills Profiler enables the creation of Skills Profiles.

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    Imagine a world of unstructured Resumes and Job Descriptions… vis-a-vis a world of comprehensive Skills Profiles.

    IYS Structured Format

    Skills Profile

    IYS Structured Format

    Job Profile

    Imagine a world of matching between unstructured Resumes and Job Descriptions… vis-a-vis a world of Skills Profiles.

    With quality, structured data on skills different activities on skills become far more effective.

    Some are use cases of Skills Profiles:


    Matching between jobs and people becomes far more precise and easy.


    Tracking and deploying people based on skills becomes more effective and efficient.


    Understanding Skills Gap of individuals becomes precise, as a result of which development needs can be analyzed and development programs targeted more effectively.

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