Open Skills Project
The Open Skills Project is a public-private partnership lead by the University of Chicago focused on providing a dynamic, up-to-date, locally-relevant, and normalized taxonomy of skills and jobs that builds on and expands on the Department of Labor’s O*NET data resources. It’s aim is to improve our understanding of the labor market and reduce frictions in the workforce data ecosystem by enabling a more granular common language of skills among industry, academia, government, and nonprofit organizations.
Open Skills API
The Open Skills API is an interface for developers to build applications using data produced by the Open Skills Project.
Open Skills Research Hub
The Open Skills Research Hub is a collection of public datasets produced by the Open Skills Project for the purpose of collaborative research.
Funded Research Opportunity
We are excited to announce that Data@Work will provide a $10,000 research grant for up to 3 selected whitepapers to support their work for using the new data from the Research Hub! Use the template found HERE and submit your research plan and paper outline to firstname.lastname@example.org. The deadline for this submission is September 15, 2017. We will select up to three participants by September 29 to reseive the research stipend and half of the amount ($5,000) will be awarded immediately.
Open Skills Data Collaborative Working Group
Partners contribute data to the cooperative, benefitting not only from the rich, dynamic insights of the integrated data but also from sitting on an advisory governance board to guide the evolution of the cooperative.
Open Skills Research Working Group
The Open Skills Research Working Group is dedicated to improving machine learning algorithms for translating workforce data into actionable insights about the dynamics of skills and jobs in the American economy. The Group is a made up of researchers from a variety of backgrounds with a main focus on natural language processing and large scale machine learning.
What Has Been Done
Currently we have a machine learning pipeline, in Airflow and as Python scripts, that provides classes to preprocess data with NLP transforms, ingest known skills and job titles, label skills, job titles within corpora, generate special representations of skills and job titles and, finally, save off version controlled instances of data and outputs flowing through the pipeline stages.
What We Are Working on Now
We are working on skill tagging, using NLP and other strategies, to identify known and unknown skills present in our partner data and other open sources. We use neural embeddings supplemented with more traditional NLP techniques for additional flexibility, which is especially important as new skills emerge over time.
We are improving job title, skill normalization research by making it easier to automatically extract skills, job titles as their canonical names from unlabeled text. We’re particularly focused on generating suitable neural embeddings for these canonical normalization tasks and building skill and job title classifiers. Skill tagging, the initial identification of skills from unannotated text, also falls into this area of work. For skill, job title labeling, we are exploring active learning techniques to help the community generate quality labeled data at scale that is available for all.
Research Papers Used
- Concept-Based Information Retrieval using Explicit Semantic Analysis
- Bringing Order to the Job Market: Efficient Job Offer Categorization in E-Recruitment
- Semantic Similarity Strategies for Job Title Classification
- An Empirical Evaluation of doc2vec with Practical Insights into Document Embedding Generation
- Distributed Representations of Words and Phrases and their Compositionality
If you are interested in learning more about the research technical group, email us at email@example.com
Open Skills Developer Working Group