TechAmerica Foundation's Big Data Commission aims to prepare the United States for future high-tech jobs, especially those focused around data.
Analytics and data science are central to making "business, the global economy, and our society work better," says Big Data Commission co-chair Steve Mills. The commission's recent report, "Demystifying Big Data: A Practical Guide to Transforming the Business of Government," emphasized strengthening and expanding public-private partnerships to invest in skills-building initiatives for the federal workforce in the area of big data.
Some experts want to expand these initiatives into the high school curriculum. TerraEchos founder and CTO Alex Philp has been working with the high schools in Missoula, Mont., to create a scholarship program that introduces big data topics to computer science students. "Ultimately, I hope these high school students feed into opportunities at the University of Montana and then ultimately into the most exciting businesses and markets involving big data," Philp says. Other programs, such as IBM's Innovation summer camp, allow students to gain hands-on experience in a variety of high-tech fields.
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