WALTHAM, MA | July 28, 2014
A panel of STEM, education, and industry experts from across the country will gather at EDC to define the skills and knowledge needed to compete in a big-data-centered economy. The resulting occupational profile will serve to inform conversations about K–16 STEM education and college and career readiness. Hosted by EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute, the meeting will take place August 15–16 in Waltham.
Invited panelists include researchers, engineers, and scientists from a variety of organizations and professions, including NASA, tech giants Microsoft and Google, universities, and law enforcement, who will work together to discuss and create a specific profile for a big-data professional. Such an individual is defined as someone who works with large, complex data sets on a regular basis, analyzes trends, and seeks to find meaningful patterns in order to:
- Increase/augment the efficiency of processes
- Make decisions and predictions
- Solve problems
- Generate hypotheses in one’s domain of investigation
- Develop new understandings
“Professionals in many career fields now find themselves researching and analyzing large complex data sets in their work,” said EDC’s Ruth Krumhansl, institute director. “But what are the skills, knowledge, attitudes, and behaviors people need to be proficient in working with big data? If we don’t know what we’re shooting for, how are we going to get there?”
Once the profile has been drafted, it will be sent to a team of expert reviewers who will refine it. The completed profile, expected by September, will provide critical information to organizations, businesses, and educators to guide the design of training programs and academic curriculum.
This is the first in a series of meetings to be hosted by the Oceans of Data Institute, established by EDC in 2013 to help educate a generation equipped to unlock the potential of big data. The institute has already begun producing materials for teachers and digital tools and curricula for students.
For more information, or to become involved in the work of the Oceans of Data Institute, go to www.oceansofdata.org.
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