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Re: Curriculum Vitae (resumé) schema

From: Dan Brickley <danbri@danbri.org>
Date: Fri, 7 Oct 2011 23:06:12 +0200
Message-ID: <CAFNgM+ZUJSPPDEPiMw33yOy=nbfCMK_JN_ax88Zvs3G2LicFpA@mail.gmail.com>
To: George Katsanos <gkatsanos@gmail.com>
Cc: public-vocabs@w3.org, Uldis Bojars <captsolo@gmail.com>
+Cc: Uldis, who worked on this topic a while back

2011/10/7 George Katsanos <gkatsanos@gmail.com>:
> Dear all,
> Wouldn't it be possible to have a schema "template" (type?) for semantically
> describing CV's? It would also be a good opportunity for the job recruiting
> market to adopt this standard as currently the situation is chaotic between
> different file formats.

There has been a little discussion of this already, e.g.

Let's break this into two parts. First, what's out there in terms of
existing vocabularies, standards and data. Secondly, whether the
Schema.org project (or others) decide to pick this up and include

Can I persuade you to help test out our new tooling by getting set up
with a W3C account (http://www.w3.org/Help/Account/) and doing some
background research in the Wiki? Just make a page near
http://www.w3.org/wiki/WebSchemas and link it (we should sort out a
category structure at some point...).

Some related work:

* http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Description_of_a_Career ("designed to
be compatible with the European curriculum (Europass) ")
* http://rdfs.org/resume-rdf/
* Europass / CV,

As usual, the Microformats community have already been quite active in
researching this topic; you should check out
http://microformats.org/wiki/resume-formats and if you prefer to keep
notes in their (public domain licensed) wiki, that's great; just drop
in a link from the W3C page. Or add to both.

The hardest problem here will be scoping. We will want some way of
describing topics of people's expertise, without including a giant
enumeration of all skill areas.

A few brief points:

I'd encourage the use of SKOS here, since the library world have
already created a collaborative map of most of these topics, via
thesauri and subject classification schemes, most of which are now
being shared in RDF via SKOS. So for example, see
http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/wiki/SKOS/Datasets or
http://thedatahub.org/dataset?tags=format-skos to see a high level
overview of the SKOS datasets that are out there. In SKOS, we already
have the Library of Congress assigning the URI
http://id.loc.gov/authorities/sh85086421#concept to the notion of
"Model Theory". So if someone (e.g. Pat Hayes) wanted to record such
expertise in their CV/resume, ideally we could re-use such a list of
topics (and some would build nice auto-completion tooling to support
data entry).

"The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative is a project co-led by the
Association of Educational Publishers and Creative Commons to build a
common metadata vocabulary for educational resources."
...the overlap here is around describing skills and topics of
expertise; either those required to understand some learning materials
(eg. what knowledge do I need, to understand
? or what knowledge have I gained, if I do the online class at
http://ml-class.org/ ?)

ODF 1.2
"Open Document Format (ODF) 1.2 has been approved.  It is now an OASIS
It uses RDFa, see
... real world resumes and CVs are created using wordprocessing tools.
It would be worthwhile looking at the related standards in this area,
and possibility for tool support e.g. via CV/resume templates.

Finally, from the Schema.org perspective, if you want to propose
something for inclusion, take a look through
http://schema.org/docs/full.html to understand where it might fit, how
it relates to other areas of vocabulary. But the most important thing
is the background research and some practical examples.

I know a lot of folk are interested in this topic and there are a few
more projects and initiatives I didn't list in this quick email (e.g.
around describing jobs and training opportunities). It is worth
collecting up background materials.

With my FOAF project "hat" on, I'd really love to see progress in this
area, and think that SKOS is probably the biggest and most interesting
contribution that is missing from previous standards work....


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