InteropAbility: The Interoperable Competences Framework Specification
Welcome to the InteropAbility Wiki.
The Interoperable Competences Framework Specification is a draft information model and technical specification for representing competences and competence frameworks. It will support individuals and organisations that need to exchange information about learners’ abilities. It will include elements drawn from other interoperability standards, such as Leap2A and XCRI-CAP.
Final Report now available.
This wiki is an area for the draft information model and specification for the Interoperable Competences Framework Specification. Please feel free to correct typos and factual errors. Before making changes to the main pages, please post material to the discussion pages.
- Design Goals and Requirements Current working draft
- Information Model Current working draft
- Specification Current working draft
- InteropAbility resources on the web
The InteropAbility Project
The InteropAbility Project is a JISC-funded project within the eLearning Programme. It is operated by the InterCom Consortium and runs from Febuary 2011 to July 2011.
In the InteropAbility Project the consortium partners will develop and test a common information model and draft specification for competence structures to support individuals and organisations that need to exchange information about learners’ competences. Building on earlier interoperability work, including the development of Leap2A and XCRI, the project’s main focus will be on the potential use of the draft specification in the partners’ e-portfolio tools. Partners will carry out and report on their prototyping work that will demonstrate the efficacy of the draft specification in the context of a range of use cases and scenarios relating to usage by consortium members.
Working in consultation with CETIS and the wider stakeholder community the project will provide guidance and discussion of any issues that pose challenges for implementation. The project will engage with the stakeholder community and will disseminate its findings, so that the draft specification and the project’s other outputs can form the basis of further work on interoperability standards in this domain, and so that early adopters can make practical use of the model and specification for publication of competence structures in a common format.
The strategic aim of the project is to make it easier for learners, institutions and other organisations to exchange information about competence structures and learners’ information relating to them. This strategic aim includes the export of information about learner achievements in a common format for consumption by other systems, and it will be of great interest not only to vendors and higher education institutions, both groups strongly represented in the InteropAbility Consortium, but also to Sector Skills Councils, other awarding bodies, professional and statutory bodies, and other agencies, such as the Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education (QAA) and the Training and Development Agency for Schools (TDA).
The InterCom Consortium
The InterCom Consortium is a strong mix of universities and private sector organisations, bringing together a cross-section of relevant public service and commercial expertise in: e-portfolio system design, development, delivery and usage; practical, usable and popular systems that enable and support the development of competence frameworks; standards development; interoperability and data exchange methods; and information management. It consists of:
- TAG Developments, a division of BLi Education Ltd (lead partner)
- APS Ltd
- MyKnowledgeMap Ltd
- Newcastle University
- The University of Nottingham
- Pebble Learning Ltd
Role: Lead partner and budget holder; ePortfolio solution and tools vendor
Role: Project management; technical information management
Contact: Project Manager - Alan Paull
Role: ePortfolio solution and tools vendor
Contact: Dave Waller
Role: ePortfolio user and vendor, awarding body
Contact: Paul Horner
The University of Nottingham
Role: Academic centre for ePortfolio development, awarding body
Contact: Kirstie Coolin
Pebble Learning Ltd
Role: ePortfolio solution and tools vendor
Contact: Shane Sutherland