[uf-discuss] Re: Curriculum Vitae (resumé) schema

Tantek Çelik tantek at cs.stanford.edu
Fri Oct 7 14:40:09 PDT 2011

That's quite a good list of resources Dan!

Specifically, you mentioned:

> As usual, the Microformats community have already been quite active in
> researching this topic; you should check out
> http://microformats.org/wiki/resume-formats and if you prefer to keep
> notes in their (public domain licensed) wiki, that's great; just drop
> in a link from the W3C page. Or add to both.

I'd like to reiterate that invitation to everyone, please feel free to
add any known/previous formats for resumes to existing public domain
microformats research on the subject, and use existing research as you
see fit - that's what it's there for as a community resource:


But there's one big link that Dan surprisingly missed: hResume


Developed using aforementioned research in combination with research
on actual resume publishing practices on the web.

Two key things here:

1. hResume is the most published resume format on the web (for several
years now)


from over 10 million resumes on LinkedIn - all marked up with hResume
to numerous long tail examples, tons of individuals who've posted
their resumes online with hResume.

If you're looking at writing a resume search or similar application,
that's a good place to start.

2. hResume is also well implemented, with numerous generating and
parsing/consuming applications/sites.
E.g the Guardian's jobs/resume aggregator site imports hResumes:
More listed here:


Take a look and see if hResume works for your Curriculum Vitae
(resumé) schema purposes, if it doesn't please send feedback about
what problems/issues you run into so that it can be improved

As this is already a vocabulary (and format) in wide usage, I'm cc-ing
microformats-discuss for feedback/iteration.

Feel free to join irc://irc.freenode.net/microformats for more
real-time follow-up/discussion.



2011/10/7 Dan Brickley <danbri at danbri.org>:
> +Cc: Uldis, who worked on this topic a while back
> 2011/10/7 George Katsanos <gkatsanos at gmail.com>:
>> Dear all,
>> Wouldn't it be possible to have a schema "template" (type?) for semantically
>> describing CV's? It would also be a good opportunity for the job recruiting
>> market to adopt this standard as currently the situation is chaotic between
>> different file formats.
> There has been a little discussion of this already, e.g.
> http://groups.google.com/group/schemaorg-discussion/browse_thread/thread/b7b6f259bd726047/f991c2097fd08667?lnk=gst&q=CV#f991c2097fd08667
> Let's break this into two parts. First, what's out there in terms of
> existing vocabularies, standards and data. Secondly, whether the
> Schema.org project (or others) decide to pick this up and include
> directly.
> Can I persuade you to help test out our new tooling by getting set up
> with a W3C account (http://www.w3.org/Help/Account/) and doing some
> background research in the Wiki? Just make a page near
> http://www.w3.org/wiki/WebSchemas and link it (we should sort out a
> category structure at some point...).
> Some related work:
> * http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Description_of_a_Career ("designed to
> be compatible with the European curriculum (Europass) ")
>  http://schemapedia.com/schemas/doac
> * http://rdfs.org/resume-rdf/
> http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/Europe/events/foaf-galway/papers/pp/extending_foaf_with_resume/
> * Europass / CV,
> http://europass.cedefop.europa.eu/europass/home/vernav/Europass+Documents/Europass+CV.csp
>  http://myeurocv.com/
> As usual, the Microformats community have already been quite active in
> researching this topic; you should check out
> http://microformats.org/wiki/resume-formats and if you prefer to keep
> notes in their (public domain licensed) wiki, that's great; just drop
> in a link from the W3C page. Or add to both.
> The hardest problem here will be scoping. We will want some way of
> describing topics of people's expertise, without including a giant
> enumeration of all skill areas.
> A few brief points:
> I'd encourage the use of SKOS here, since the library world have
> already created a collaborative map of most of these topics, via
> thesauri and subject classification schemes, most of which are now
> being shared in RDF via SKOS. So for example, see
> http://www.w3.org/2001/sw/wiki/SKOS/Datasets or
> http://thedatahub.org/dataset?tags=format-skos to see a high level
> overview of the SKOS datasets that are out there. In SKOS, we already
> have the Library of Congress assigning the URI
> http://id.loc.gov/authorities/sh85086421#concept to the notion of
> "Model Theory". So if someone (e.g. Pat Hayes) wanted to record such
> expertise in their CV/resume, ideally we could re-use such a list of
> topics (and some would build nice auto-completion tooling to support
> data entry).
> http://wiki.creativecommons.org/LRMI
> "The Learning Resource Metadata Initiative is a project co-led by the
> Association of Educational Publishers and Creative Commons to build a
> common metadata vocabulary for educational resources."
> ...the overlap here is around describing skills and topics of
> expertise; either those required to understand some learning materials
> (eg. what knowledge do I need, to understand
> http://ocw.mit.edu/courses/mathematics/18-06-linear-algebra-spring-2010/video-lectures/
> ? or what knowledge have I gained, if I do the online class at
> http://ml-class.org/ ?)
> ODF 1.2
> http://rdfa.info/2011/10/06/odf-1-2-approved-as-standard-now-with-rdfa/
> http://www.robweir.com/blog/2011/09/odf12-approved.html
> "Open Document Format (ODF) 1.2 has been approved.  It is now an OASIS
> Standard."
> It uses RDFa, see
> http://www.robweir.com/blog/2007/10/odf-enters-semantic-web.html
> ... real world resumes and CVs are created using wordprocessing tools.
> It would be worthwhile looking at the related standards in this area,
> and possibility for tool support e.g. via CV/resume templates.
> Finally, from the Schema.org perspective, if you want to propose
> something for inclusion, take a look through
> http://schema.org/docs/full.html to understand where it might fit, how
> it relates to other areas of vocabulary. But the most important thing
> is the background research and some practical examples.
> I know a lot of folk are interested in this topic and there are a few
> more projects and initiatives I didn't list in this quick email (e.g.
> around describing jobs and training opportunities). It is worth
> collecting up background materials.
> With my FOAF project "hat" on, I'd really love to see progress in this
> area, and think that SKOS is probably the biggest and most interesting
> contribution that is missing from previous standards work....
> cheers,
> Dan

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