An examination of the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) version 7

Brown, Jason (2019) An examination of the Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) version 7. International Journal of Information Management. ISSN 0268-4012

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Abstract

The Skills Framework for the Information Age (SFIA) is a popular international skills framework for the Information and Communications Technology (ICT) sector for which version 7 was released in June 2018. This paper provides an overview of this most recent version of the framework and compares it to the previous version, version 6. Some potential issues with the framework are then discussed, perhaps the most important of which is that version 7 is not backwards compatible with version 6, which can lead to undesirable results when two users of the framework (e.g. an employer and job applicant) interact with one using version 6 and the other using version 7. Other issues examined are the lack of universal certification criteria for objective assessment of skills (which affects the portability of the framework between users), the complexity of the framework in terms of skill/proficiency mapping, the representation of soft or transferable skills and the limited scope for automating skill management tasks. Some solutions to these issues are offered, including structuring the skill definitions to include mappings between different SFIA versions and creating mappings to recognised formal qualifications, industry certifications and job experience.


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Item Type: Article (Commonwealth Reporting Category C)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 July 2013 -)
Faculty/School / Institute/Centre: Current - Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences - School of Mechanical and Electrical Engineering (1 July 2013 -)
Date Deposited: 24 Jan 2020 02:03
Last Modified: 30 Jan 2020 03:19
Uncontrolled Keywords: SFIA, ICT, technical skills, transferable skills
Fields of Research : 08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080612 Interorganisational Information Systems and Web Services
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080707 Organisation of Information and Knowledge Resources
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080610 Information Systems Organisation
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080606 Global Information Systems
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0806 Information Systems > 080609 Information Systems Management
Socio-Economic Objective: B Economic Development > 89 Information and Communication Services > 8903 Information Services > 890301 Electronic Information Storage and Retrieval Services
E Expanding Knowledge > 97 Expanding Knowledge > 970108 Expanding Knowledge in the Information and Computing Sciences
Identification Number or DOI: 10.1016/j.ijinfomgt.2019.102058
URI: http://eprints.usq.edu.au/id/eprint/37734

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