From the fourth paradigm of science to the future of work
On October 12th- 13th representatives of several European companies, including industries, research centers and universities, met in Italy to give the official start to Da.Re., the project of the Erasmus+ programme promoted by the European Commission.
Big Data and excellence in training, employment growth and jobs of the future. These are the issues addressed by Da.Re., the project that straddles the new paradigm of knowledge: in a world where the digital revolution walks side by side to the training and employment revolution, the future of the work is more and more knowledge and less and less factory.
In the last decade, the amount of available data grew exponentially, introducing the concept of Big Data. This term defines the complex flux of data, continuously produced by many technological agents: social media, Internet of Things, transaction-based data, increasing amounts of sensors, machine-to-machine interaction, RFID tags, smart meters.
The demand for data experts, namely Data Scientist, has grown twelve-fold over the last twenty years. The Economist has even labeled it as the “sexiest job of the 21st century”.
Big Data, considered as the fourth paradigm of science, represents a valuable resource that, just like oil did in the wake of 1900, is going to drive economies in the next century.
However, finding trained professionals, capable of transforming huge datasets into significant information, seems to be quite difficult for enterprises. The good news is that this apparent issue opens up countless possibilities for employment.
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