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IYS is committed to researching on skills and constantly enriching the Skills and Occupations Taxonomy. And there is a process for curation of skills and updating ISOT.
Skills Landscape is vast, with surely many unexplored areas i.e. not covered by the 100,000 plus skills in 32 categories as in ISOT today (Sep 2021). Also skills emerge with developments in technologies and knowledge and developments in newer business models.
It is important that ISOT be constantly enriched if it has to meet its goal of being an universally accepted way of mapping skills of people and jobs.
ISOT identifies skills in three ways:
- 1.Tools & Technologies - Technologies in data mining, text analytics and AI contribute to identifying potential skills.
- 2.User contribution - Both B2C and B2B application users can contribute potential skills
- 3.SMEs and secondary research - Subject Matter Experts and secondary research in different domains can fetch potential skills
The potential skills fetched from the above process, needs to be vetted for inclusion in the Skills Taxonomy. And here IYS has a significant role to play. IYS has gained reasonably good sense of the skills landscape across different disciplines. In was IYS is like a good Librarian who understands different disciplines and is able to thus catalog books in the correct slots. Deciding on a skill to be included in the Skills Taxonomy leads to the next step of actually including the skill in the complex design of the Skills Taxonomy. This is unlike a book in a library where a book is discrete and clearly there is just one place it go in. Process has been carefully laid out so that inclusion of the skill does not disrupt the quality of the taxonomy. The skill is checked first to see if it is means the same as an existing word. If so it needs to be part of the Thesaurus, else be included as a new term. Then it needs to be checked if it needs to go into an existing group of skills or a new group has to be created for this skill. If the latter, then research needs to be done to identify siblings of this skill which would go into the new group created. If a skill is added to an existing group, we need to identify where all this group has been related to in the Taxonomy and check done on whether this newly added skills is relevant in all the instances and association based on the decision on the relevance. If a skill is added to a new group of skill, then investigation on where all this skills group and the skill under it needs to be done.