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BDV Skills Accreditation - Recognizing Data Science Skills with BDV Data Science badges and Training labels

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The objective of the workshop is to highlight the need for a pan European level skill recognition for Big Data that stimulates mobility and fulfils the definition of overarching Learning Objectives & Overarching Learning Impacts. It is also meant to get feedback on the formats that are being prepared namely, usage of Badges, Label and EIT Label for professionals.

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BDV Skills Accreditation - Recognizing Data Science Skills with BDV Data Science badges and Training labels

  1. 1. Recognizing Data Science Skills with BDV Data Science Badges and Training Labels Nik Swoboda BDVe Project and the Universidad Politécnica de Madrid Webinar on Big Data Skills Accreditation – 17/09/2020
  2. 2. Overview Today I will present work which is the result of a collaboration between the BDVe project and the Skills and Education Task Force (TF9) of the BDVA. The goal of this work is to develop frameworks for the recognition of skills in data science which address the principal needs of the main stakeholders. 2
  3. 3. Outline  Discuss Stakeholder’s Needs  BDV Data Science Badges for Formal Education o The key aspects of the proposal o The requirements and application process o Issuing and displaying badges  BDV Data Science Training Labels for Non-formal Education o Motivation o The key aspects of the proposal o The current state of the proposal  Summary and Future Work 3
  4. 4. Stakeholder’s Needs: Data Scientists  Credentials which are: owidely recognized (DS-N1) oeasily verified online (DS-N2)  A simple way to digitally display their skills online and in social networks (DS-N3)  Mechanisms to recognize skills acquired through informal and non-formal training. (DS-N4) 44
  5. 5. Stakeholder’s Needs: Employers of Data Scientists  Candidates with credentials which are both granular and individual (EM-N1)  Tools to verify the authenticity of credentials (EM-N2)  A framework which simplifies the comparison of skills throughout the EU (EM-N3)  Influence in the design of the training data scientists receive (EM-N4)  A scheme which can quickly adapt to changes in the data science ecosystem (EM-N5) 55
  6. 6. Stakeholder’s Needs: Educators Who Train Data Scientists  Publicity for their programs and the value of a branded recognition of their programs (ED-N1)  Recognitions for the partial completion of their programs (for students who want to work while studying) (ED-N2)  A mechanism to clarify the changing needs of industry and recommendations regarding how to adapt to those needs. (ED-N3) 66
  7. 7. BDV Data Science Badges for Formal Education  The importance of formal education is widely recognized and respected  The goal of the proposal is to: provide added value to the existing offer of formal education in data science by trying to address the previously discussed stakeholder’s needs 7
  8. 8. Key Aspects of the Badge Proposal  Use Open Badges (DS-N2, DS-N3, EM-N1, EM-N2, ED-N2)  Experts from industry and academia will contribute to both defining and maintaining the badge scheme (EM-N3, EM-N4, EM-N5, ED-N1, ED-N3  Badges will only be issued by trusted third parties (DS-N1, ED-N1) If the badges become popular, their requirements will influence the overall training of data scientists (DS-N1, EM-N4, ED-N1) *Note: DS-N4, related to non-formal and informal learning, will be addressed by the second recognition system. 8
  9. 9. BDV Data Science Badges (for Formal Education) Design IssueDisplayVerifiable Useful Metadata 9
  10. 10. 10 BDV Data Science Analytics Badge v1.0 – Academic Level Required Skills: DSA.1. Identify existing requirements to choose and execute the most appropriate data discovery techniques to solve a problem depending on the nature of the data and the goals to be achieved. DSA.2. Select the most appropriate techniques to understand and prepare data prior to modeling to deliver insights. DSA.3. Assess, adapt, and combine data sources to improve analytics. DSA.4. Use the most appropriate metrics to evaluate and validate results, proposing new metrics for new applications if required. DSA.5. Design and evaluate analysis tools to discover new relations in order to improve decision-making. DSA.6. Use visualization techniques to improve the presentation of the results of a data science project in any of its phases.
  11. 11. Applications to Issue Badges  Each university degree program interested in issuing badges must prepare an application. Applications include the following: o General description of the program o For each required skill: • Time dedicated to learning the skill • Evidences used to confirm the acquirement of the skill 11
  12. 12. Issuing Badges to Students  The student learns and demonstrates the acquisition of all the skills required by the badge  Using the Badge Platform: The student applies for the badge, attaches an evidence file and accepts the platform’s data protection agreement  The university reviews the application  Using the Badge Platform: The university issues a badge to the student 12 Awards Badge
  13. 13. Displaying Badges  Students receive an email with a link to the badge  Students can upload their badges to any Open Badge Repository (Backpack), include them in digital documents (like CVs), and share them in social media  Viewers of badges can o Verify the authenticity of the badge o Access the metadata contained in the badge • Who issued the badge, required skills, date issued, etc. o Open linked evidence files 13 Displays Badge
  14. 14. BDV Data Science Training Labels for Non- formal Education The importance of non-formal education* in data science is growing:  In this quickly changing field, professionals constantly need to retrain  With the growing demand and the insufficient supply of data scientists o Employers can offer training to existing employees to meet needs o Employees interested in career changes can retrain  Working professionals can find offerings in formal education impractical  Non-formal training can be cost effective Goal: Propose a second skills recognition program for non-formal training. 15 * Education that is institutionalized, intentional and planned by an education provider. The defining characteristic of non-formal education is that it is an addition, alternative and/or a complement to formal education within the process of the lifelong learning of individuals. (UNESCO)
  15. 15. Key Aspects of the Label Proposal  Transparency - Establish a common set of essential data useful for all (DS-N4, EM- N3)  Ease Comparison - Define a common format to simplify side-by-side comparisons (DS-N1, DS-N3, EM-N3, ED-N1)  Unify concepts - Provide a common set of core data science skills (ED-N3)  Adaptability - Program coordinated by both academics and professionals (EM-N4, EM-N5, ED-N3)  (Attempt to address some of the specific needs of non-formal training …) * The other needs (DS-N2, EM-N1, EM-N2, ED-N2) must be addressed by the individual programs 16
  16. 16. Specific Challenges Related to Non-Formal Training in Data Science For students: How to pick from the overwhelming supply? o Which programs are more highly valued by industry? o What is the right level of training for their experience and expectations? For industry: How to compare different types and quality of training? oHow ‘serious’ are the programs: duration, level, testing, identity verification For education providers: How to stand out from the rest? o Clearly communicate their offer, attract students, ensure the quality of their training, … 17
  17. 17. Choosing Food is Made Easier with Standardized Nutritional Information Labeling 18
  18. 18. Criteria for the BDV Data Science Training Label  Basic information o Name of the course, name of the training provider, type of provider (university, not for profit organization, … ) o Cost o Language  Content o Audience (technical, non-technical) o Is there a focus on a specific domain? o Total hours and breakdown dedicated to: • Business Analysis, Data Preparation, Model Generation, Model Validation, Visualization o Kind of training (hours of online interactive classes, in person classes, …)  Kind of testing 19
  19. 19. A Draft of the BDV Data Science Training Label 20
  20. 20. Summary and Future Work The BDVe project has produced:  Two ready to be implemented frameworks for recognizing skills in data science o BDV Data Science Badges with a focus on formal education (piloted) o BDV Data Science Training Labels with a focus on non-formal education (soon to be piloted) More Information: program/ What remains:  Obtain support and branding for the programs with more influence and wider recognition 21
  21. 21. Feedback? Contacts:  Ernestina Menasalvas (  Nik Swoboda (  Ana M. Moreno ( 22