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So says Professor Jimmy Lin at the University of Maryland in a recent NYT Technology article about the shortfall in “Big Data-competent” university students.  The article points out that the kind of data we are now dealing with (which will only continue to increase exponentially) requires a different perspective and experience than most currently have.  Firms that have a vested interest in workers with these skills, such as Google and I.B.M., have partnered with universities in an effort to change the frame of reference for students.

This underscores the comparative advantage of individuals with skills amenable to collecting, coding, manipulating, and visualizing Big Data in the current labor market.  Additionally, as not all data will be easily collected and coded via computer programs, services that can efficiently harness the crowd in support of Big Data will also be critically important.

A visualization of thousands of Wikipedia edits that were made by a single software bot. Each color corresponds to a different page.

A visualization of thousands of Wikipedia edits that were made by a single software bot. Each color corresponds to a different page.

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