Big Data: The Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition and Productivity

McKinsey Global Institute Report

“There will be a shortage of talent necessary for organizations to take advantage of big data. By 2018, the United States alone could face a shortage of 140,000 to 190,000 people with deep analytical skills as well as 1.5 million managers and analysts with the know-how to use the analysis of big data to make effective decisions.”


INNODOCT/13 Call for Papers

From Universidad Politécnica de Valencia (I visited last week) comes this unique Call for Papers for a conference to be held totally on-line.


We are pleased to announce INNODOCT/13, the virtual International Conference on Innovation, Documentation and Teaching Technologies, that will be held on-line in Valencia, Spain, on 6-7 May, 2013

The conference aims at providing a forum for academics and practitioners to come together to share research, discuss ideas, present projects, results and challenges related to New Information and Communication Technologies, Innovations and Methodologies applied to Education and Research. Abstracts should be submitted to the conference web site no later than 8th of February, 2013. All accepted papers will be published in an ISBN publication. In addition, the best 20 works will be presented in video (presentations must be sent on paper, in addition all the presentations sent in video will be also uploaded in the web, although the videos will be optional for the accepted papers). A prestigious publishing company will publish the best works in a publication/book.  

For inquiries, please contact Fernando Garrigós @ (+34)655.68.72.99, send email to or visit the conference web site at 




Education to Employment (a must see McKinsey video)

A MUST see for higher education leaders.

Young people today are three times as likely as their parents to be out of work. Yet many employers can’t find people with the right entry-level skills to fill their jobs. How to close the gap? In this video, McKinsey directors Diana Farrell and Mona Mourshed share insights from their research with 8,000 stakeholders.  It also profiles two innovative organizations—one in India and one in the United States—that are pioneering new approaches to successfully transition greater numbers of students from education into employment.

Download the video from this URL:

Education for Life & Work: Developing Knowledge & Skills in the 21st Century (NAP)

A must read report from the US National Academic Press. The report describes the important set of key skills that increase deeper learning, college and career readiness, student-centered learning, and higher order thinking. These labels include both cognitive and non-cognitive skills- such as critical thinking, problem solving, collaboration, effective communication, motivation, persistence, and learning to learn. 21st century skills also include creativity, innovation, and ethics that are important to later success and may be developed in formal or informal learning environments.

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5 Powerful Career Drivers for the Future of Work (Forbes)

In addition to the old (and still critical) work requirements of mastery (education and experience), talent, work ethic, character, intelligence and flexibility, this article highlights additional requirements that are needed today:  connectedness, communication, and collaboration. A must read by those in the workforce as well as in academia (for these 5 drivers need to be developed in the future generation of workers who are in universities now!).

From Education to Employment (McKinsey Report & Webcast)

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Around the world, governments and businesses face a conundrum: high levels of youth unemployment and a shortage of job seekers with critical skills. How can a country successfully move its young people from education to employment? What are the challenges? Which interventions work? How can these be scaled up? This McKinsey Report and December 10th Webcast) can help answer those questions.

For more information, downloading the report and webcast registration (I already registered!) go to: