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can we indicate when/ where we need TMS skills in the community? is it at the implementer stage? development stage to work with the developers?


This is a draft document to outline a straw man for grading different levels of terminology management skills paralleling the developer levels already under development for OpenMRS. The purpose of the TMS levels is to provide an easy framework for assessing where a terminology manager might manager might fit in the management process outlined on the Meta-Data and Terminology Lead page.


These managers are familiar with the concepts around a controlled medical terminology but don't have much limited experience actually curating  curating or editorializing a dictionary for general distribution. They probably have a lot of  have experience managing their own dictionary and are fairly easily able to map local requirements for forms and reports to the dictionary and/or to standard terminologies like SNOMED and LOINC. They can generate a terminology use case based on their identified needs. 

TMS Level 4

These managers have had several years of terminology management experience. They understand the differences between administrative, reference and interface terminologies. They are able to manage a controlled medical terminology with a proper editorial policy, unambiguous and non-redundant concepts/terms, etc. They usually work under the supervision of a TMS Level 5, but in smaller scale implementations might be primarily responsible for managing a dictionary shared with others.