A User Interface for Semantic Competence Profiles

  • Martin Hochmeister
  • Johannes Daxböck
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6787)


Competence management systems are increasingly based on ontologies representing competences within a certain domain. Most of these systems represent a user’s competence profile by means of an ontological structure. Such semantic competence profiles, often structured as a hierarchy of competences, are difficult to navigate for self-assessment purposes. The more competences a user profile holds, the more challenging the comprehensive presentation of profile data is. In this paper, we present an integrated user interface that supports users during competence self-assessment and facilitates a clear presentation of their semantic competence profiles. For evaluation, we conducted a usability study with 19 students at university. The results show that users were mostly satisfied with the usability of the interface that also represents a promising approach for efficient competence self-assessment.


User Interface User Profile Semantic Competence Profile Profile Editing Ontology 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Martin Hochmeister
    • 1
  • Johannes Daxböck
    • 1
  1. 1.Electronic Commerce GroupVienna University of TechnologyViennaAustria

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