T3 Open Competencies Network

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Open Competencies Network Description

The talent ecosystem is vastly improved when competencies (i.e., statements of knowledge, skills, dispositions, abilities and habits of mind or practice) are utilized and aligned for learning, communicating individual achievements, career pathways, and hiring. The OC Network is focused on solving three overarching challenges in the competencies ecosystem: (1) existing competencies are held captive in legacy encoding schemes (e.g., PDF, Microsoft Word, CSV (spreadsheets), etc.); (2) competencies are neither accessible to people nor machine actionable; and (3) competencies are not shared via open licenses.
For this Network, to be inclusive "Competency" is broadly defined. Review the Open Competencies Network Competency Explainer to learn more.
The OC Network focuses on the organizational and technical infrastructure to improve the use of competencies to power the talent ecosystem at scale. OC Network membership is open to individuals interested in participating with national and international efforts and infrastructure projects to improve the talent ecosystem through open, shared competencies. This includes: advocates for open, shared data, and use of data standards; organizations that maintain sources of competencies (e.g., libraries, registries, repositories-hereafter sources); and skill and competency data creators, users, or consumers. The OC Network aims to make competencies readily available to humans and machines by developing a membership trust network (Trust) of open registries holding one or more competency frameworks and by enabling search and retrieval of those frameworks and their competencies from any registry node in the network via the Competency Explorer. OC Network defines a competency framework as an instance of a logically related set of competencies based on a specific competency framework model that has been encoded using a recognized metamodel standard such as, but not limited to, IMS Global Learning Consortium’s CASE, Credential Engine’s CTDL-ASN, and University of Washington/D2L's ASN.

OC Network Chair: Terence Ma, CEO and Consultant, PlaceNets Consulting

Terence Ma, PhD
Terence Ma is a trained anatomist and medical educator. He has developed innovative curricula for the medical schools utilizing technology tools that help students develop effective competencies that they will use as future physicians. He has been a funded research scientist, faculty member, and Assistant and Associate Dean at allopathic (MD) and osteopathic (DO) schools. He has also served as Chief Information Officer at a health sciences university. His career has focused on the intersection between health sciences education and educational technologies, particularly how we use technologies to track students’ progress toward learning goals and program outcomes. He serves as Co-Chair of the Research Alignment Group of MedBiquitous and serves on several other working groups. He is a member of the IEEE Standards Association and of the work groups on competency standards.

OC Network Facilitators

  • Jeanne Kitchens, Credential Engine (Email)
  • Phil Barker, Cetis LLP (Email)

T3 Network Guidelines and Collaborations

The OC Network collaborates across all T3 Networks and follows the (Current) T3 Guidelines Updated March 2022 (Deprecated) Pilot Period T3N2 Guidelines (May 2021)

OC Network Resources


This OC Network Wiki is the source for plans, meetings, materials, recordings, technical documentation and more. In addition, members can visit the T3 Hub and all workgroup follow up is distributed to members via Google groups linked below.

OC Network Technology Projects

The OC Network Charter identifies technologies this Network is further Developing:

  1. Data Ecosystem Schema Mapper Tool - The Data Ecosystem Schema Mapper (DESM) is a powerful tool for creating data schema crosswalks that can be used by the OCF Collab member nodes in transposing schemas and by others for other purposes. The DESM is being developed via an open license.
  1. Competency Explorer - The Competency Explorer search service provides and index and for multiple competency data sources and returns competency data based on mapped competency schemas (DESM) and utilizing a Metamodel Interchange. The Competency Explorer is being developed via an open license
  2. Metamodel Interchange - API for returning competency frameworks based on mapped competency schemas.

OC Network and Workgroups Decision Making

The OC Network and Workgroups follow this decision making process adapted from the T3 Guidelines Updated March 2022.  The process is public information via this Networks' Consensus Decision Making Wiki page https://wiki.t3networkhub.org/wiki/OCF_Collab_Network:consensus

OC Network Charter and Meetings

All meeting agendas, notes, materials, and recordings are available via the OC Network wiki page.

Advancing Open Competencies (AOC) Formerly the Requirements Workgroup on Skills and Competencies (RWSC) Charter and Meetings

All meeting agendas, notes, materials, and recordings are available via the AOC wikispace.

AOC: C3 Connecting Competence Communities Webinar Series

The C3 Webinar Series aims to improve communications between those involved with creating, maintaining, discovering, distributing, and using competency data.

Register for the C3 webinar series.

Visit the C3 Connecting Competence Communities Webinar Series Wikispace for more information and the schedule.

Technical Advisory Workgroup (TAW) Charter and Meetings

All meeting agendas, notes, materials, and recordings are available via the TAW wiki page.

OC Network Use Cases

OC Network workgroups have developed use cases for technology project requirements and for cross-network collaboration.

Internal Teams (Limited Access)

Background Documents

Join Us!

We invite all interested T3 Innovation Network members to join the OC Network and one or both of the Workgroups. Use this T3 Hub formto put your name onto the attendance roster. The master meeting schedule for the OCF Collab Network and the workgroups can be found here.

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  • Technical Advisory Workgroup