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- 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, Assistant Dean for Assessment and Quality Improvement and Clinical Professor of Biomedical Sciences with University of Houston Tilman J. Fertitta Family College of Medicine
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Network Charter and Procedures
The OC Network collaborates across all T3 Networks and follows the T3 Guidelines Updated March 2022. Previous to March 2022, the Network followed the (Deprecated) Pilot Period T3N2 Guidelines (May 2021).
The Network itself is chartered, in accordance with the T3 Guidelines, and the Charter is reviewed and revised or renewed annually.
- Initial pilot period Charter (as OCFC Network) ratified June 21, 2021.
- Current Charter from September 22, 2022.
The primary work of the OC Network is through chartered workgroups and projects associated with them. Currently there are two workgroups, Advancing Open Competencies (AOC) and the Technical Advisory Workgroup (TAW).
The OC Network collaborates with other T3 Networks:
- Data & Technology Standards Network
- Learning and Employment Records Network
- Jobs and Workforce Data Network
Decision Making Process
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
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.
- T3 Hub
- Google Groups (Threaded Conversations)
OC Network Meetings
Meetings for the Network and its Workgroups are held on Wednesdays at 12:00 ET / 11:00 CT / 10:00 MT / 09:00 PT. All meeting agendas, notes, materials, and recordings are available via this wiki.
Network meetings are held on the 5th Wednesday of those months that have one. Agendas are publicised in advance through the T3 Network. Agendas are published on this wiki, with links to recordings and other resources referenced during the meeting.
OC Network Workgroups and Projects
The primary work of the OC Network is through chartered workgroups. Currently there are two workgroups, Advancing Open Competencies (AOC) and the Technical Advisory Workgroup (TAW).
Advancing Open Competencies (AOC)
The Advancing Open Competencies (AOC) Workgroup is a chartered, standing Workgroup open to T3 Innovation Network members interested in open competencies. Input ranges from broad advocacy to use cases and requirements for how people and organizations benefit from openly licensed competency and skill data. This workgroup was formerly the Requirements Workgroup on Skills and Competencies (RWSC).
The AOC meets on the first Wednesday of the month at 12:00 ET / 11:00 CT / 10:00 MT / 09:00 PT.
AOC: C3 Connecting Competency Communities Webinar Series
The C3 Webinar Series is a project of the AOC, which aims to improve communications between those involved with creating, maintaining, discovering, distributing, and using competency data.
C3 webinars are on the third Wednesday of the month at 12:00 ET / 11:00 CT / 10:00 MT / 09:00 PT.
Visit the C3 Connecting Competency Communities Webinar Series Wikispace for more information and the schedule.
Technical Advisory Workgroup (TAW)
The Technical Advisory Workgroup is a standing Workgroup of the Open Competency Network (OCN). Working in collaboration with the Advancing Open Competencies (AOC) workgroup, the TAW oversees technical development, maintenance and enhancement of the tools and services initiated by the OCN.
The TAW meets regularly on the second Wednesday of the month at 12:00 ET / 11:00 CT / 10:00 MT / 09:00 PT, and occasionally at the same time on the fourth Wednesday for work on specific projects. All meeting agendas, notes, materials, and recordings are available via the TAW wiki page.
Data Ecosystem Schema Mapper Tool
The Data Ecosystem Schema Mapper (DESM) is a powerful tool for creating data schema crosswalks that can be used to transcode data from one schema to another, and for other purposes. Progress updates on the DESM project are reported to the regular TAW meetings.
Competency Explorer aims to make competency descriptions readily available to humans and machines by developing a membership trust network of open registries holding one or more competency frameworks. The network is supported by a protocol that enables search and retrieval of those frameworks and their competencies from any registry node in the network regardless of the technical standard used to express the competency data. Progress updates on the Competency Explorer project are reported to the regular TAW meetings.
Other OC Network Resources
OC Network Use Cases
OC Network workgroups have developed use cases for technology project requirements and for cross-network collaboration.
- Current Use Cases
- Use Cases in Development
- AI Use Case Scoping: Discussion Resources
- Open Competency Standards
Internal Teams (Limited Access)
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.
- OC Network
- Advancing Open Competencies
- Technical Advisory Workgroup