OpenScout competence description



The OpenScout project strives for better facilitating continuous learning (i.e. lifelong learning) through accelerating the use, improvement and distribution of open educational resources in the field of management education and training, as well as exploiting the opportunities of web 2.0 communities to support such learning. For this purpose the project implements a skill- and competence-based search functionality for open educational resources in the field of business and management education.

General information

(see Example source guidance)

information to be gathered details
Name / title of source/model and version if applicable OpenScout Competence Description
Stakeholder Project participants of OpenScout
URL of source or stakeholder
Orientation (work, education, etc.) Definition of competences for development of competence services. Usage as part of a competence taxonomy for search and retrieval.
Explicit model or implicit model? Explicit model (Information model) and competence taxonomy
Can organisations have competence?  
Number of people currently affected  
Sectors covered Education and training in business and management
Groups of actual users  
Significant use cases See competence based services at
Significant business cases  
Sample materials  
Key features influencing their uptake of InLOC outputs  


(see the Features page or the separate pages for each feature)

N Features ? notes
00 More than one model 0 separate competency definition (SRCM would have provided the other model, but it was never completed)
01 Identifiers 1 every LOC has an ID in the portal
02 Hierarchy (internal) 0  
03 Internal relationships 0  
04 External relationships ? IEEE LOM elements
05 Conditionality / optionality 0  
06 Text syntax 0  
07 Structured identifiers 0  
08 Classification 1 of the business domain (2 levels)
09 Level attribution 1 resources given an EQF level
10 Level definition 0  
11 Context 0 (but in the wider conceptual model)
12 Evidence and assessment 0 (but in the wider conceptual model)
13 Extensions 0  
14 Profiles 0  
15 Adaptation 0  
16 Definition by example 0 some examples are provided
17 Learning resources 1 this is the focus of this model
18 Learner records 0  
19 Multilinguality 1 resources may have versions in several languages

Further information

OpenScout provides a model for connecting resources and competences. The conceptual model is not used for complex competence descriptions but to classify existing resources.

The model provides

  • competence definitions
  • a conceptual model (covering what?)
  • suggestions for competence services
  • a competence taxonomy (how?)

For a model for competences, and an initial competence taxonomy, see the PDF documents:

Guidelines requirements

Clarify the fact that this kind of project deals properly only with the competence concept definition, and not the structure.