Unlike any other effort to codify the knowledge of the Information Profession, this effort relies heavily on the Information Profession itself, the community, willing to share its’ knowledge. Our efforts started with a gathering of frequently utilized terms in the Information Profession, regardless of whether those terms were processes, disciplines, technologies, or something else. We then brought that exhaustive list of terms to the community and had an open selection period with a simple task - select the terms that comprise the Information Profession.
After 9 months of open selection, we had accumulated over 1400 selections. Our threshold for inclusion was initially 50% but we found that several of the topics between 30%-50% acceptance were also required to fully rationalize a comprehensive understanding of the profession, and thus, we selected to include those topics as well, with the qualifier that they will be labeled as “Ascending Elements” or “Descending Elements” in future editions of the InfoBOK.
The community was then invited to join us in both defining each of these elements and establishing the most important things to know about each of the elements. With some editing and revision, those definitions and ‘things to know’ are listed here within the InfoBOK Guide and comprise the InfoBOK.
The InfoBOK itself is made up of the list of 62 elements, organized for clear understanding, each defined, along with several points of knowledge which an Information Professional must know. Additional analysis of each of those elements and extrapolation of those points of knowledge are included in this guide. The InfoBOK itself is available for free download and is licensed for all under an open source license, the Creative Commons CC BY-ND 3.0 US license.
By releasing the InfoBOK itself under an open source license, we are making it widely and freely available to all. It can be utilized by Colleges and Universities looking to establish a comprehensive educational framework, it can be utilized by companies as their program for ongoing professional development, it can be used for personal development, the uses are infinite.
The InfoBOK comprises the DEFINITIONS and KEY POINTS for each of the Elements, not the analysis or additional resources, which are made available by the Information Coalition team, friends, and partners.