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Developing a BOK for the field of Information Technology – Get Involved!


Following the successful completion of its CBOK project, CIPS has now started exploratory discussions with the IEEE Computer Society concerning the development of a Guide to the Information Technology Body of Knowledge (ITBOK is the working title). The scope of the ITBOK project is to develop a guide that will bridge the gap between the IEEE/ACM core computing curricula, the CIPS Guide to the Common Body of Knowledge for Computing and IT© and the Australian Computer Society’s (ACS) ICT Profession Body of Knowledge and can be used by IT practitioners worldwide as a common reference point and as a basis for compatible competency models and certifications. It is the intent that the ITBOK will use the same format, terminology, and style as the IEEE-CS Software Engineering Body of Knowledge (SWEBOK).

The preliminary vision for the ITBOK is that it will provide information on the management and operation of Information Technology (IT) and provide a guide for the IT profession that defines the key knowledge areas, embodies concepts that are recognized as good practice in the IT domain and is applicable to most IT efforts.

A project team is being formed under the leadership of Charlene (“Chuck”) Walrad (IEEE-CS Vice President, Standards Activities) and will have participation from IEEE-CS, ACS, CIPS and other relevant stakeholder groups. There are two opportunities for CIPS members to get involved in the project: the (internal to CIPS) IT Specialist Committee or the ITBOK Working Group. The CIPS IT Specialist Committee will serve as an advisory body to the ITBOK Working Group representatives. Space is limited on the IT Specialist Committee and ITBOK Working Group and candidates need to meet a certain profile (senior IT practitioner- from either industry or the academic community - with at least 10 years of relevant work experience with demonstrated knowledge and competency in the broader field of IT). The Committee and Working Group will mainly meet virtually and the time commitment likely is around 1 hour a month. If you require more information or are interested in volunteering, please contact Gina van Dalen, CAE, Manager Professional Standards at by no later than July 31st 2012.



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