Methods and tools for developing an information system for validation of non-formal learning outcomes

S.M. Pryima, О.V. Strokan', J.V. Rogushina, A.Y. Gladun, A.A. Mozhovenko


The publication describes methods and tools for development an information system (IS) for acceptance of the non-formal and informal learning results on base of computer ontologies. ESCO ontology of the multilingual skills classifier is used as a prototype of domain ontology that provides knowledge for developed IS. We propose the main stages of development of IS for validation of the results of non-formal learning that include creation of an ontology schema, process of integration of the obtained ontology into the RDF repository, development of application architecture and creation  of user interface.

The modern approaches to design and development of  knowledge-oriented distributed applications intended for functioning in the open Web environment are analyzed, the existing methods and software tools for the presentation and analysis of knowledge and their suitability for solving the task are considered. We propose an innovative method of IS development based on the use of such  elements of the Semantic Web project as ontologies, Web services and software agents.

The paper describes the tools used in process of development of IS for validation of non-formal learning outcomes. In particular, we analyse Neo4j database management system serving the GraphDB database, the specifics of connectors and SPARQL requests to the data stored in the RDF repository and the tools used for web server creation. Comparison of PHP frameworks for web applications  is performed in consideration of task requirements.

Functional modeling of IS  in order to determine its main functionalities is performed, and the DFD data flow diagrams of system are designed. The benefits of Laravel software are established on base of the analysis of such criteria as security, readiness to installation of  plugins and libraries, support for the MVC (Model-View-Controller) concept. User interface is developed to ensure user dialogue with IS. Authers analyse software tools oriented on development of user interface and select React framework  that works efficiently with all software tools selected for IS development on the previous stages of analysis.

 Problems in programming 2020; 2-3: 50-60



validation; information system; non-formal learning; GraphDB; ontology; Semantic Web; SPARQL query language; connector; RDF storage


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