Data scientist, according to a 2012 Harvard Business Review article, is the sexiest job of the 21st century. Given that its authors are Thomas H. Davenport and D.J. Patil, the declaration is hardly surprising. Nonetheless, the IT industry is besotted with the term, and is expecting huge shortages of skilled workers.
A less well-known paper, “The future of employment: how susceptible are jobs to computerization?,” was published less than a year later by two Oxford academics (data scientists, perhaps). The authors, Carl Benedikt Frey and Michael A. Osborne, examine 702 detailed occupations in the U.S. labor market and estimate that about 47 percent of total U.S. employment is at risk from computerization “over some unspecified number of years, perhaps a decade or two.” Nearly 100 occupations, covering a wide range of skills from manual to mental, showed a 95 percent or higher probability of computerization. READ MORE: The Sexiest (And Last?) Job Of The 21st Century | TechCrunch.
Are you good at math? Like, really good at math? Do you also know Python and, oh yeah, have deep knowledge of a particular industry?
On the off chance that you possess this agglomeration of skills, you might have what it takes to be a data scientist. If so, these are good times. LinkedIn just voted “statistical analysis and data mining” the top skill that got people hired in 2014.
Glassdoor reports that the average salary for a data scientist is $118,709 versus $64,537 for a programmer. A McKinsey study predicts that by 2018, the U.S. could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 “people with deep analytic skills” as well as 1.5 million “managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions.” READ MORE: So you wanna be a data scientist? A guide to 2015s hottest profession | Mashable
Here is a link to the presentation my colleague and I gave at Netspeed 2014 in Edmonton, Alberta. First time ever presenting in public. We worked really hard and felt we gave a great presentation. The presentation focused on evolving roles, competencies and skillets of information professionals working within corporate libraries. Attendees really listened and didn’t spend the whole time fiddling on their smartphones. Practice makes [almost] perfect. I can now cross this accomplishment off my bucket list!
E4: Role of the Corporate Library in the Information Management World | Netspeed 2014 Conference Program | The Alberta Library
Presenters: Margo Price and Nicole Mullings, Talisman Energy Inc.
Information management is an interdisciplinary field which combines skills and resources from librarianship, information technology, records management, and archives. The Information & Research Centre at Talisman Energy Inc. is part of a newly created Information Management team comprised of the corporate library, records management, and enterprise content management ECM groups. Learn more about the unique benefits and challenges that go along with aligning these synergistic roles and functions under one umbrella and how it speaks to potential trends in the special library field.
These are all great ideas but I particularly like “use crowdsourcing to create a collection.” With this initiative you can invite employees and patrons/visitors to participate and the collection can have a local or community focus as a result.
An argument from Brian Solis positing that “information overload is a symptom of over consumption and the inability to refine online experiences based on interest and importance” in The Fallacy of Information Overload.