IYS Skills Ontology

A rich dynamic resource on skills across industries and functions for easy mapping of skills to people and jobs

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It’s Your Skills has created and continues to keep updating one of the most comprehensive resources on skills. The resource can also be loosely called a skills database or a skills taxonomy.

Objectives of IYS Skills Ontology

  • Bringing a universal commonness in the use of words and phrases used for skills.
  • Using information on skills far more effectively and thus leading people to make better choices.
  • Enabling far more effective flow and use of information on skills across the global talent landscape.
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Construct of the Skills Ontology

  • Skills are grouped together into logical clusters (example: programming languages, specializations in photography)
  • These groups are associated with one or more other groups (example: programming languages being associated with databases)
  • Associating different clusters under one logical head which we call a function (example: programming languages, databases etc associated with Software Development)
  • Creating different Job Role and associating them with different clusters from one or more functions
  • Defining properties at skill level such as rating scale, rating legends and searchability
  • Normalizing for acronyms and synonyms
  • Bringing contextual references in search

Populating the IYS Skills Ontology

The Skills Ontology has populated largely through human intelligence researching jobs, people profiles, academic curriculums, training courses and others.

Tools on text analytics have helped in aggregating and classifying of skills

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Constantly updating IYS Skills Ontology

It's Your Skills aims to constantly update the skills ontology to, cover skills that are not there in the ontology and include skills that keep emerging with time.

In order to do this It’s Your Skills will use:

  • User contribution of skills through the IYS Skills Profiler and apply a governance on the contributions for inclusion and classification of the skills in the ontology.
  • Data Mining, Text Analytics tools and Algos for aggregating and classifying skills.