Get Involved

Data at Work is a major project of the University of Chicago’s Center for Data Science and Public Policy, the Department of Labor, the National Skills Coalition, and a large set of community stakeholders. Community building continues to be a core component of the project: anyone can get involved and contributions are very welcome.

In order to make creating, using, and sharing workforce data as easy and frictionless as possible, we need concrete use cases and feedback from people working across government, industry, and academia:

  • Are you a researcher that needs specific skills data or tools to do your work more effectively?
  • Are you a developer working on an application to help people find jobs that our standards should support?

Let us know. We’d love to hear about it. For examples of data that’s already been made available, see the data page. For examples of what has already been built, see the tools page. For information on where we’re going, see our roadmap.

Working Groups

Open Skills Data Cooperative

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.

Join the Workforce Data Skills 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, from economics to machine learning.

Data at Work hosts monthly researcher’s calls to continue the conversation with researchers to better understand how our public datasets can be improved.

Upcoming Researchers Calls

Past Researchers Calls


If you’re not sure where to start, there are lots of ways to get in contact with the core team members as well as the broader community around Data at Work


We have an open slack organization dedicated to technical discussion about Open Skills and Training Provider Outcomes Tools. Feel free to stop by and introduce yourself and join the conversation.


All code developed in support of this project is hosted on the workforce-data-initiative organization on GitHub. Comments, forks, and pull requests welcome.