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IYS Skills API

IYS Skills API gives access to the Skills Ontology - a well organized database of skills.

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The IYS Skills API can be extremely useful for developers of HR Tech solutions where skills of their users play a key role

About IYS Skills Ontology:

  • Search for Skills from IYS Skills Ontology Engine
  • Get the data on skills from IYS Skills Ontology Engine
  • Display Related Skills based on the selected Skills
  • Display Recommended Skills based on the selected Skills
  • Always have access to the latest data on the Skills
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About IYS Skills API

IYS Skills API provides access to IYS Skills Ontology. Interacting with the Skills Ontology one can fetch skills, related skills and related Skills categories.

Call for Skills based on what user searched

  • Example: If an user starts typing "Java"
  • The call returns terms with Java

The call also shows if the skill

  • has children i.e. if it has sub-skills
  • has siblings i.e. skills in same category
  • has a parent i.e. skills category to which it belongs
  • has synonyms

And the id of the skills can used to call for the respective skill i.e

  • the parent
  • children
  • synonyms

Use cases of Skills API

Example use case:

  • If you are creating an application or app say on jobs, it would be important to get information on skills in a comprehensive and detailed manner.
  • You can build a frontend through which your users can add skills to the jobs they want to post in your site or have individuals create their profile adding skills to them
  • You can build a frontend calling for Skills from the IYS Skills Ontology using the Skills API. Not only just auto populate but also to lead users to different related skills

How can the IYS Skills API be used

  • 1. Register for the IYS Skills API
  • 2. Obtain an API key
  • 3. Set up the API in your environment
  • 4. Make API calls to fetch skills from the Skills Ontology
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Pricing FAQ

When “Designing” is searched the system returns terms containing Designing. Now one API call is considered

When children of Graphic Design from the above results are selected and children of Graphic Design are called it is 1 API call

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Skill – Autocad
Role – Secretary
Area of Occupation – Teaching

If the skill has a parent then

  • a. In Skills API the parent can be called for
  • b. In Skills Profiler, a click on the parent shown in the breadcrumb will lead to children of that parent


Java has a parent – Programming Language

  • a. In Skills API using the Parent Search parent of Java can be obtained
  • b. In Skills Profiler, the breadcrumb shows Programming Language as parent of Java

If a skills has children then

  • a. In Skills API, the children can be called for
  • b. In Skills Profiler, “+” sign is shown on skills when the skill has children and clicking on the skills presents the children on the skill


Graphic Designing has children such as Web Designing, Logo Designing, Character Designing

  • a. In API the value has children shows 1. And when skill id is passed in children search, it fetches children of Graphic Designing
  • b. In Skills Profiler Graphic Designing shows a “+” and when Graphic Designing is clicked the children are shown

If a skill or the category of this skill has other related skills groups related to them then

  • a. In Skills API, the related skills and the children of the related skills categories can be called for
  • b. In Skills Profiler, the related skills categories show in the Related Skills categories section. Which when chosen show with their children in the Skills Section


Medical coding has related skills categories such as Medical Coding Certifications, Medical Coding Software, Areas in Medical Coding, Medical Coding Standards.

  • a. In Skills API, the related skills categories of Medical Coding can be called for by passing the id of Medical coding in the related skills search
  • b. In Skills Profiler, the related skills categories such as Medical Coding Certifications are displayed in the Related Skills Categories and when one of them is clicked the parent and the children show in the Skills Selection section

If a skill has synonym or Acronym or spelling difference

  • a. In Skills API, when Synonyms are available for a skill they are shown in the API call returned
  • b. In Skills Profiler, the search on any of them will lead to the primary skill


Dot Net Developer is same as .Net Developer and .Net Developer is primary skill and Dot Net Developer a Synonym of .Net Developer

  • a. In Skills API, the API call for .Net Developer will show it has a Synonym
  • b. In Skills Profiler, when Dot Net Developer is searched in the search box and selected, the profiler will display in the skills selection section .Net Developer as this is the primary skill