Friday, December 25, 2009
Saturday, December 19, 2009
Friday, December 18, 2009
As it happens Susan is also an ENFP and I was graceless enough to return her favour to me by asking her to do the Holland-style interest assessment available at livecareer.com. I wanted to see how her results might contrast with mine.
Before we get to those results let me say a word or two about livecareer. The basic results from it are free and include percentiles for various scales that can be useful. I am concentrating here on the septagon used to represent scores on the six Holland-style scales plus an additional scale
Artistic (Creators) - original, creative, expressive
Social (Helpers) - interested in helping to keep others emotionally or physically healthy, or in teaching others
Investigative (Thinkers) - enjoy the challenge of problem solving in mathematics, technology, and sciences
Realistic (Doers) - like physical activity, working with their hands, and are mechanically-inclined
Conventional (Organisers) - enjoy supervising others in jobs where rules and tasks are well defined; detail-orientated, organized, follow instructions well, prefer routine
Enterprising (Persuaders) - like to talk to, influence and persuade others
Here then is the comparison of my livecareer results with Susan’s. My septagon is purple, hers green. At first glance our results may appear sharply and utterly different. However, if we ignore the relative magnitudes of our scores on the Artistic and Social scales, in appreciation of the fact that both of us are 'AS' Holland types, then we see that a clearer pattern emerges. We actually differ in that one of us is Enterprising and the other Investigative. (We still get along amazingly well.)
inkscape is a free software product that made it easy and straightforward to create the image shown above. I am indebted to its makers.
Monday, December 14, 2009
Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Saturday, December 5, 2009
Professor Diane Chambless made one point that I think is important for career developers as well as psychotherapists. It is that we should maintain records that make it possible for us to discern the varying levels of success achievable using various techniques that we practise, complemented with information obtained from our clients. I notice that some school teachers are already doing this.
Professor Richard McFall made a point in favour of empirical support, citing the importance of efficiency as one possible attribute of a superior treatment. A few years ago I met a psychological group facillitator who said that he had previously been in a form of talk therapy for fifteen years. He strongly suggested that we all follow his example. Even as he was making his suggestion I wondered how one was meant to cope with life’s frequent exigencies waiting for the blessing of a cure. We need therapies that work quickly, if possible.
And, I almost forgot, here is the page with the discussion: The Science of Clinical Psychology (broadcast Friday, December 4th, 2009).
I am again indebted to psydir for pointing this out.
Thursday, December 3, 2009
The only real use I make of LinkedIn is as a source of questions. I enjoy trying to work up worthwhile answers. My principal criticism of LinkedIn, conditioned on my own use of it, is that it holds the copyrights to questions and answers.
I saw this video at Grincheux, aux barricades!. See Harold Jarche at The Curmudgeon’s Manifesto for further comment about how we should own and share what we do on the ‘net.
Tuesday, December 1, 2009
Sunday, November 29, 2009
Tuesday, November 24, 2009
Thursday, November 19, 2009
If you are wondering why I mention this it is because I want to emphasise that many employers radically underestimate the slippery nature of the human side of their enterprises. Quite literally they can be fighting unfair dismissal litigation one moment then repeating the hiring practices that doomed them to failure the next. I emphasise this because we, as job seekers and career developers, need tactics and strategies for circumventing the follies of a great many employers.
One thing that a person can do is to find out what an employer actually needs from an employee to consider that employee a success (the job description will not tell you), and to tell the world (honestly) what you do successfully. If you want some guidance then here's a place to read more.
I'm indebted to Peter Giblett, a contact on LinkedIn and Plaxo, for making me aware of this article.
Wednesday, November 18, 2009
Tuesday, November 17, 2009
Monday, November 16, 2009
Thursday, November 12, 2009
Let's say that the client lives in Toronto and that he has already identified the following possible qualifications: CCIE, MCSD, CISSP and CBAP. We go to the indeed.ca advanced search page and complete it as shown here. Having pressed 'Find Jobs' we can choose either to get email updates or an RSS feed for the jobs that mention these qualifications.
When you start reading the series of advertisements that result from doing this you will gradually (or perhaps quickly) appreciate that the career paths associated with one or more of the qualifications are unsuited to you. In this case you should just request that the emails stop or abandon the RSS feed. Another possibility is that you will find that some qualifications are associated with other qualifications, as far as employers are concerned, and that those other qualifications are more, or less, sought after. You can adjust your study plans accordingly. It's also worth scanning entire advertisements for general information about employer expectations and the ways in which your career will fit within each industry.
Saturday, November 7, 2009
Thursday, November 5, 2009
Somebody on LinkedIn told me that he doesn't like using Yahoo! Alerts (for reasons I won't go into here), which led me to explore other ways of turning RSS feeds into email. I had long forgotten FeedBurner but it actually yields a more elegant solution in combination with a web page. I used Google sites to host the thingy that FeedBurner makes. The advantage is that there is no need for copying anything from one web page to another. The user just registers heris email address with the FeedBurner page. This is how it appears.
Go here to subscribe yourself.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
Monday, November 2, 2009
Suppose you live in the Niagara Peninsula. Then you would be interested in job advertisements posted on indeed.ca for the Hamilton, Niagara and St Catharines areas. Now you could simply arrange to be kept informed about these areas as individual job alerts. However, the likelihood is that you would receive duplicate advertisements. For the purposes of this article--to keep it simple--let's assume that you want to see all advertisements. This would have the advantage that you would avoid missing opportunities.
I am going to describe how to set up a Yahoo 'Pipe' to get just one feed for the three areas, without duplicate ads. If you just want to know how to use the pipe then just cut to the chase scene (below).
This is the complete diagram for my pipe at pipes.yahoo.com. The three boxes on the left represent feeds from indeed.ca, one each for Hamilton, Niagara and St Catharines respectively. To obtain the URLs I visited the corresponding pages at indeed.ca, then copied and pasted the URLs from the RSS feed buttons.
The three feeds are merged in the Union widget, then sorted on job titles. Then the Unique widget discards duplicate ads based on the guid in the merged feed.
Most people stay clear of feeds. Do you? No problem! Here's how to receive bunches of ads as email.
- In a separate browser tab or window open Yahoo! Alerts.
- Select 'Feed/Blog.'
- Copy this URL into the edit box at 'A': http://bit.ly/3JSC8D
- Select how often you want to receive alerts and indicate your email address.
- Save your alert.
Wednesday, October 21, 2009
Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Maybe I should mention my indebtedness to the developers of jQuery for their product. I used it for the little HTML signature maker. They made a trivial item even easier to create.
Saturday, October 17, 2009
(1) Why do most Big Boards fail to code jobs? It's not as if there aren't a number of perfectly good coding schemes. And, if they don't want to ask employers to use those then, why can't they incorporate some up-to-date natural language processing? Failing that, why encourage term-based searching for clients when even professional users of Boolean strings, like recruiters, find them a challenge?
Wednesday, October 14, 2009
(Although the premise of this note is still true wisestamp produces nicer results! Go have a look.)
Your email goes to many, many people. Why not use it as a medium for advertising links to your blog, to your LinkedIn profile and to your website?
Saturday, October 3, 2009
With thanks to fellow Twitterer psydir.
Friday, October 2, 2009
Saturday, September 26, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
Note, incidentally, that this is an example of an Ignite presentation. On 27 November there will be an evening of them in Waterloo, Ontario.
Monday, September 21, 2009
The first suggestion I offered was that she watch the video, identify at least one person in each of these rôles, in the kinds of organisations in which she wants to work, and then ask each of these individuals for their advice about what they prefer or demand in candidates. The usual game plans for information interviews would apply: no job solicitation, go prepared with questions, etc.
With the results of her interviews in hand I suggested that she take a critical look at her own qualifications and think creatively about how she could rebrand herself. She was to look at each requirement that she had learned about and to write a description of herself, using some combination of her own abilities, skills, aptitudes, qualifications, etc that approximated it.
Then I added that, before she did any of this, she should see if she could find out whether there are enough jobs in her target occupation to make all this worth her effort.
Perhaps the following message belongs in every blog entry about finding a job: The single most likely thing that will happen when you submit a job application to an employer is NOTHING. Not only is this discouraging, it is uninformative; it tells you nothing about why you lost the opportunity. The time to do your learning about the employer, about the market, about yourself, about everything necessary to grab the job, is before you apply for it. There is little profit in post mortems. Trust me.
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Friday, September 11, 2009
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Sunday, September 6, 2009
If, like me, you found the other 49 items interesting too, what can trends can we predict on behalf of our clients? Obviously:
- Businesses that dispense information in any of its forms—sound, video, money, insurance, books, betting slips, news, and so on—must adapt.
- The kinds of information gathering, storing and processing abilities and skills that a person or organisation is valued for are changing.
- We will expect to store information differently.
- We will expect games and amusements to be much more complicated.
- The boundary between work time and personal time might become less distinct.
Saturday, September 5, 2009
In this connection here is the KickStart scorecard, a self-assessment for use by business that was devised by a Canadian marketing agency, MarketingMasters. The value in it for career developers is that it serves as a checklist of the areas that an individual, single-person ‘business’ must consider to be successful.
I couldn’t resist thinking through how the items translate. Can you? Give me your thoughts in the comments, will you? I'll mention what I think in another posting.
Incidentally my thanks are due to fellow twitterer @hjarche who made me aware of the American Express Idea Hub where I found an article by Elizabeth Walker of Marketing Masters.
Thursday, September 3, 2009
I'm sorry about that, and hope it didn't cause too much trouble for anyone.
Monday, August 31, 2009
- See my postings here and here about the specifics of selecting a good LinkedIn public profile URL.
- When you visit your LinkedIn profile take note of the green BlogLink widget. Use it to make your own blog postings appear in your LinkedIn profile. Get extra mileage!
- Career Development Practitioners should note that there is a CDP group on LinkedIn as well as the Career Professionals Network. If you have more specialised interests then you can easily create your own group, perhaps one for your own geographical area. The beauty of this is that any group on LI is permeable. When you network with someone in your own area the benefits for the two of you permeate beyond the group of which you are both members.
Friday, August 28, 2009
The temptation to give this result a place of enduring prominence on my blog was, of course, enormous. However, I have finally decided that it might not be of lasting interest to my readers and, therefore, I'm putting it in its own blog entry.
How outrageous a nerd are you? Only 22% of the human race is more nerdy than I am.
Thursday, August 27, 2009
Incidentally, if you want an RSS feed for the StatsCan reports page visit here and select the type of reader that you use.
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
“Newspapers, magazines, TV stations, hardware companies, real estate brokers, travel agents, bookstores, insurance agents, art galleries and five hundred other industries need to think hard about [the effect of the internet] before it's too late.”
We know what he means about newspapers and magazines. Anyone with an internet connection can get all the news she or he wants at no additional cost beyond that of the connection itself. Bricks and mortar bookstores are dying out because it's easier and more convenient to buy online, the online selection is effectively infinite and you can buy new or used. And obviously you can select insurance policies, banking accounts, houses and budget works of art online too. Any business that can find a way onto the net is doing so.
Yet I still encounter real estate agents who are fearful of joining LinkedIn because they don't want their email addresses to be “harvested”. Not everybody gets it.
Anyone who hopes to work for a few years more should try to think through or find out how the newest technologies will affect his or her occupation. Here are a couple of cases:
- I'm ok, I manage web hosting in Toronto.
Well, not necessarily. Guido van Rossum created the Python computer language. He now works for Google. I watched one of his videos on youtube a few days ago wherein he described how their cloud computing system works. The essential idea of cloud computing is that, in a few years time, Google and a few other companies will be the world's web hosts.
- I'm ok, I work in transportation logistics.
Information technology personnel are steadily automating packaging and labelling, as well as optimising shipping flows.
“International comparisons show that, compared to other major OECD countries, Canada had the highest percentage of college- and university-educated workers who earned less than half of the national median employment income in 2006. International indicators showed that 18% of university-educated adults and 23% of college-educated adults aged 25 to 64 in Canada earned less than half the national median employment income in 2006. This meant that these workers’ annual earnings were less than $16,917 before taxes and transfers.”
We don't seem to know why the earnings of these people are so low or, therefore, what might be done about that. Clearly it's extremely important that we try to find out.
College and university graduates with low earnings in Canada – Demographic and labour market characteristics
Monday, August 24, 2009
Push Marketing V.S. Pull Marketing: Using Both Strategies to Promote Your Site
Becoming a member of LinkedIn and taking the time the answer other members' questions carefully is obviously one way of doing "pull marketing".
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Sunday, August 23, 2009
When anyone who knows this brand buys a tin of the soup they sense the following things:
- the food will be safe, palatable and acceptable for almost anyone of almost any age
- there will be nothing in the least surprising about the product: no unusual flavours, textures or ingredients
- no cooking skill will be required, just add liquid, heat and eat
If you pick up a tin of soup by accident it will not be a highly spiced 'Manta Ray Surprise'.
Now, what's your brand?
Saturday, August 22, 2009
has been taken by anyone.
Friday, August 21, 2009
We all sense that email addresses like email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org might not present clients in the best possible light on résumés. Consequently we usually send clients with these addresses off to gmail.com in search of something a little more suitable. I did that too until a few days ago when I tried helping a client to a gmail address and was reminded just how many John Smiths there are on this planet.
Fortunately this led me to the discovery that there are currently 18 free email services listed at the about.com article. I was able to find one for my client on gmx.com.
Just a word about that about.com article: The first time or two you use it you might try going over some of the descriptions of the various services with the client. If your clients are anything like mine then expect blank stares in response to terms like IMAP and RSS. Thus, although the articles criticisms are probably valid, they apply more to sophisticated folk and for the great mass of job search clients they probably matter less than basic functionality—and the availability of a presentable email address.
My LinkedIn profile is http://www.linkedin.com/in/williambell. That nice neat ending consisting of the formal version of my name was not accidental. Neither was this what LinkedIn assigned to me automatically. I selected that.
Believe it or not, I checked just a few moments ago and found that
is still available. (What are the odds that there are no John Smiths on LinkedIn!)
Chances are that you can claim a 'good' LinkedIn profile URL too. Try various versions of the 'john smith' URL in your browser's address bar, substituting various forms of your own name for the 'john smith', until LinkedIn reports 'Profile Not Found'. That's your new profile URL! Make a copy of the complete URL, go immediately to edit your LinkedIn profile and edit your public profile URL by pasting that copy in.
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
For example, within limits it can be said that IQ tests are constructed in such a way that the distribution of IQs follow a bell curve centred on a score of 100. This simply means that more people have a score of around 100 than any other score, and therefore about half of the human race have IQ scores in the three-digit range, that is, more than 100. (I would prefer to believe that I have a three-digit IQ. My wife refuses to believe this.)
Not only can intelligence be said to follow a bell curve. Many other significant human characteristics do as well. Not just weights and heights. In consequence one's individuality is reflected in the way that one uses every facility and tool available.
Take blogs and Twitter as examples.
My initial reaction to Twitter was probably like that of most other people. I thought it was just more junk. In fact, depending on who one chooses to 'follow' I still think so. But once I learned how to find people that interest me I became enthralled.
To come back to the original thrust of this item, there's a bell curve. When you encounter something new on the 'net you can be fooled into concluding that it's junk, or you can reason that, because there's an enormous spread in human values, ingenuity and interests, somewhere there are people with just the right characteristics to make something really useful of that new product.
I've found that TweetBeep is a good way of finding tweeps (peeps who Twitter) who share an interest in career development (use 'career development' as search key). I've also learned a thing or two about attitudes to what we do.
Did you know that Margaret Atwood joined Twitter a few weeks ago? (She's packing for a book tour starting at the end of the month.) What a different perspective I have of her having read her tweets!
Credit: wikipedia for the diagram.
Sunday, August 16, 2009
But it wasn't the article that got my attention. It was one or two of the comments that other readers offered upon reading it. Somebody said that when he joined some social media system or other he had no idea that so many other people could read what he was writing.
Now, trust me. As the author of some really ill-advised and spleen-filled memoranda of my own in the fairly distant past I would rather not offer this as a sign of that other person's irredeemable stupidity. What it does suggest to me is that, when we presume to counsel people about their use of social media we must be prepared to spend time discussing, in some detail, where the stuff they write might go, and how it might get there.
When we all lived together in little groups in eastern Africa it was a darn sight simpler. You could whisper gossip in a confidant's ear and be sure that no one else would know exactly what you had said. Things are different now.
- For quite some time the links associated with jobs from indeed.com were mislabelled. I have corrected that and they are now labelled with job titles (at last!).
- Charity Village changed the way they present their jobs and other information. I have modified the machinery used to obtain their jobs listings accordingly.
- Here are details about what advertisements are collected from each source:
- ContactPoint: All jobs are collected.
- Job Skills: All jobs are collected.
- Job Bank: All and only NOC 4213 jobs are collected.
- indeed.com: Jobs with the following search terms in their titles are collected:
career development facillitator,
career group facillitator,
career resource centre coordinator,
employment rehabilitation worker,
employment services assessment officer,
job finding club coordinator,
job skills counsellor,
language training instructor,
vocational program facillitator,
vocational rehabilitation consultant,
vocational support worker,
- Career Professionals: All jobs are collected.
- Charity Village: Jobs with the following words in their titles are collected: job, career, employment, vocational.
If you know of other good, fat, juicy lists, don't hold back. Let us all know. Likewise, if you can think of more keywords that I should be using.
In any case, good hunting!
Sunday, July 26, 2009
I wanted to say that I prefer to find general ideas that I can grok—i.e. have an intuitive understanding of—using an ordinary brain so that I don't have to understand millions of individual ideas one at a time. Let me see if this general idea appeals to you.
An employer seeking new employees faces a lot of uncertainties. To begin with, some employers repeatedly experience trouble in staffing certain positions, possibly because they lack certainty about what those positions entail on the part of encumbents. Employers are uncertain about certain aspects of their own criteria. Perhaps they ask for 'computer literacy' in candidates but what would that mean in practice? Employers are definitely uncertain about the veracity of claims made by applicants, and about whether an applicant would be a good 'fit'. A few employers may even wonder whether their own prejudices are defeating them.
One way of assessing the quality of a résumé is to consider whether it will reduce the uncertainty for a given employer. Notice especially here that I have conditioned that previous sentence. You cannot expect to reduce uncertainly uniformly for everyone. You try to reduce uncertainty for one employer: one job application means you create one résumé.
Now, apart from this, how would this principle be applied?
First of all, it is clear that is implies that it makes research into the employer really important. When you apply to a given employer you want to try to anticipate what that employer might be most uncertain about. Uncertainties might have to do with current business conditions, management knowledge about your own specialty, and so on. Find out and use the information.
At the other end of the scale, the principal explains why attention to detail is important. If you allow typographical errors to remain in your résumé you are leaving doubt in the mind of an employer. She might ask herself, "Are these typos here because this person is careless or poorly educated?" From my own perspective—as someone who thinks of Shakespeare as pretty smart but a poor speller—typos are just annoying and distracting. From the point of view of most employers they raise that all-important question mark—which is synonymous with uncertainty which is why you won't be invited for an interview.
Submit résumés that reduce uncertainty. In other words, be informative. And let me know what you think.
Friday, July 24, 2009
I realise that the document they present contains only highlights. But, unfortunately, in itself it does not provide significant evidence for this claim.
Let me argue this way. The response rate for the COU survey was only about 22%, or about 1 out of 5. One out of five graduates that were polled chose to respond. Now, ask yourself, would a graduate be more likely to respond to the survey if she had been successful in finding suitable, well-paid employment, or less likely to respond? Put personally, if you were asked to participate in the survey would you be more inclined to report what happened to you if you had 'failed' or more inclined to report it if you had 'succeeded'?
A degree represents a big outlay of time and money. For what my opinion is worth, go carefully.
Saturday, July 18, 2009
The site makes its member roster publicly available. More than that, it’s easy to obtain listings of members by industry or geographical area. This is the Canadian listing which (at this point in time) consists of 24 job sites. If these are all as open and responsible as eluta appears to be to me then I would expect them to be amongst the best in this country.
If you’re like me (heaven help you) you might even enjoy reading some of the tips for job seekers and recruiters. One of the tips for recruiters is brutally apposite: it is that the ‘best and brightest’ have the attention spans of gnats and that one should get to the point. (Love it!)
Monday, July 13, 2009
There are lots of journals of interest to many career developers, whose contents are available at no cost to us. Since there seem to be no journals of this kind dedicated to careers research I think there is also an opportunity here for Canadians to create one, or to list them on the Directory.
Thursday, July 9, 2009
For more see here.
Monday, July 6, 2009
Here's what Wray Herbert says about it in Newsweek: "Talking the Talk".
Here's what a couple of Canadian researchers say in the Vancouver Sun: "Keep your 'identity goals' to yourself, scientists advise".
Here's the research article by Gollwitzer et al: "When Intentions Go Public: Does Social Reality Widen the Intention-Behavior Gap?"
If anyone sees videos featuring Professor Gollwitzer I hope they'll tell us.
[My thanks to the "O'Reilly Radar" blog.]
Friday, July 3, 2009
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Thursday, July 2, 2009
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009
In my opinion, people need career support now more than ever yet the structuring of our economic sector might well prove to be about as well suited to this stage of history as are newspapers and magazines. They're dying.
As Seth Godin says, “In a world of free, everyone can play.” No-one needs to be paid to tell others how to write résumés, do interviews or even how to train for a career in biotechnology. Think LinkedIn. Read his article and tell me what you think.
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Come on over and participate in our discussions!
Now DeeAnna Merz Nagel of the American Counseling Association asks, “Is it okay to ‘Google’ your client?” Patti and Ken have told us that Google won’t dredge up all the information about a client but, should you be looking at all? What do you think?
PS: Thanks to @KateAnthony
Thursday, June 25, 2009
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Monday, June 22, 2009
I found this little beauty today in a recent issue of The Journal of Career Assessment (more precise information below).
The Happenstance Learning Theory
Stanford University, email@example.comWhat-you-should-be-when-you-grow-up need not and should not be planned in advance. Instead career counselors should teach their clients the importance of engaging in a variety of interesting and beneficial activities, ascertaining their reactions, remaining alert to alternative opportunities, and learning skills for succeeding in each new activity. Four propositions: (1) The goal of career counseling is to help clients learn to take actions to achieve more satisfying career and personal lives—not to make a single career decision. (2) Assessments are used to stimulate learning, not to match personal characteristics with occupational characteristics. (3) Clients learn to engage in exploratory actions as a way of generating beneficial unplanned events. (4) The success of counseling is assessed by what the client accomplishes in the real world outside the counseling session.
Journal of Career Assessment, Vol. 17, No. 2, 135-154 (2009)
The news feed is http://jca.sagepub.com/rss/current.xml. A closely related journal is The Journal of Career Development whose news feed is http://jcd.sagepub.com/rss/recent.xml.
To get news items like these delivered automatically to your desktop I suggest that you use FeedDemon which you can obtain at no cost (for Windows) here. Install FeedDemon then click on the news feed links above to subscribe to them. Once you have got your feet wet with news feeds I think you will be amazed at what is available and that it turns up without your having to go after it.
By the way, the above journals, and many other useful and/or entertaining items, can be found easily by doing a search of feedmil.
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Take advantage of this great free online learning opportunity. Available all this weekend.
Carole is exactly right incidentally.
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
I am speaking of the benefits of portfolios. More and more people are now putting them on the net where they are easy to access and don't have to be carried around.
A new product has emerged called jQuery that makes creating galleries of images startlingly easy for anyone with even limited skills in creating web pages. The image in this blog posting is not "live". However, if it were you could:
- click on either of the arrows at the ends of the display to expose different image thumbnails
- click on one of the thumbnail images to open a larger version of the image
- hover over the larger version of the image to expose text describing the image.
Thursday, June 11, 2009
We are now being inundated with data. Much of it might be useful. Lots of it is not. Much of it is like the iron in iron ore. It needs extracting. Much of this data is buried in web pages or other places which were never intended to be "mined" for information.
To be a data scientist you need to be part statistician to be able to make sense of data in the traditional ways based on probabilistic models. You need to be good at extracting data from a host of different kinds of sources, including databases, web pages, maps and other graphical entities and natural language, both recorded, and visual or spoken. You need to be able to present the meaning of what you have extracted visually for best comprehension by other members of your species.
Of course, no-one can master all of these techniques, even now. Data scientists will specialise in some of these and be able to communicate with other specialists as well as with people who need the visual information that they are creating.
For a sample of one visualisation technique here is what Jeff Clarke of Neoinformix in Toronto is doing with StreamGraph. Modern browsers (which leaves out Internet Explorer) also make it possible to produce graphs directly in the browser window; see the InfoVis Toolkit, for example.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
You can hear Ms Ladd and watch her PowerPoint slides as if you were in a conference room with her. In addition you can read comments and questions from the individuals who were attending this webinar when it was recorded. (Darn nice software.)
My thanks are due to Shane Bennett of Toronto (@shanebe) for mentioning this on Twitter.