This survey is based on a competency framework developed by Matt Moore and Patrick Lambe for the Innovations in Knowledge Organisation Conference 2015 (, and updated in 2022. It is intended to provide a simple self-assessment tool for practitioners working with Knowledge Organisation Systems (KOS) to identify the KOS areas of strength in their organization and opportunities for improvement to help build the business value of KOS. It is indicative rather than exhaustive and we expect it to be developed further over time. We estimate it will take about 10 minutes to complete.

Rate yourself using the survey overleaf, using the scale below:

• No Experience = We have no prior knowledge of this activity.
• Basic Understanding = We have an understanding of the concepts at work here (e.g. academic study or peripheral involvement in a project) but we have not successfully undertaken this activity.
• Undertaken Successfully = We have successfully undertaken this activity at least once.
• Undertaken Repeatedly = We have successfully undertaken this activity multiple (more than 3) times. We may support others in how to undertake this activity.
• Innovating = We regularly undertake this activity and have developed new tools and techniques to improve its efficacy.

Once you have completed your self-assessment, we suggest that you identify the capabilities your organization could most usefully develop over the coming year.

We will anonymise all responses and send you a set of the findings (if you provide your email address), so that you can benchmark yourselves against others.