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DISKOW (2018-2021): Discovering job Knowledge through Web Analytics towards facilitated mobility of European Professionals and Refugees Career Integration

Coordinator: Leibniz University Hannover, Germany.
Duration: September 2018-September 2021.
Funding: European Commission
Project Website:
Total Project Budget: 445,623 EUR
Project Partners:

  • Leibniz University Hannover, Germany
  • Ekonomicky Ustav Slovenskej Akademie Vied, Slovakia
  • Engineering – Ingegneria Informatica SPA, Italy
  • Petanux GmbH, Germany

The web nowadays is overloaded with huge volumes of disparate information and linked data (i.e. Big Data) which requires the use of specific tools, Data Science methods (e.g. Machine Learning) and emerging technologies in big data in order to improve transparency and recognition of domain specific skills through the web. Job profiles contain general job description, expected competencies, skills and duties. Moreover, job centers and agencies typically aim at matching desired job profiles with suitable candidates. However, job seekers face difficulties in better understanding of the required job knowledge and competences through reviewing job profiles. Moreover, public and private sectors need IT-based tools to simplify transparent recognition of domain specific job knowledge while setting up their job profiles. It becomes more challenging when different countries provide different priorities and job descriptions due to various job market characteristics, vocational and educational trainings (VET) and demographic circumstances. This challenge prevents mobility of skilled workers, youth and workforce across Europe. It is shown that unemployment problem and risk of social exclusion hit more youth and young workforce in the European countries. Specially, the current refugee crisis caused by large amount of refugees and asylums in Europe enforces further difficulties to earlier stated challenges. Considering all stated challenges, the massive amount of information on the web such as job announcements, forums and wikis, is a gold mine for job knowledge discovery. The main issue in this regard is how to retrieve, cleanse, explore, visualize and interpret such huge volume of web data and put them in a sort of Job Knowledge Base (JKB). In addition, semantic web mining promotes exploitation of semantic structures in the JKB formed through web mining. Accordingly, enriched JBK using web data analytics (1) improves construction of job profile templates, (2) contributes to job analytics, labor market demand analysis, wage analysis, (3) facilitates skilled worker mobility, (4) supports identification of required skills and qualifications and (5) helps strengthening key competences in VET curricula.

DISKOW will provide a neat Job Knowledge Base (JKB) as a prototype which collects job specific data from the web and provides recommendations through analytics. Job knowledge catalogue of a job definition in the JKB will be equipped with a template of the most typically required competences and skills for that job. Job seekers will be able to use the JKB in order to develop their domain specific skills and competences based on recommendations in specific job knowledge catalogue. In this regard, the mined information of jobs as well as their relevant competences and skills can be used to identify list of top demanding jobs, skills and competences and provide predictive analytics.

The consortium consists of four partners, namely the L3S Research Center at the Leibniz University of Hanover in Germany, the Institute of Economic Research at the Slovak Academy of Sciences (IER SAS), Engineering as a large enterprise in software development and skill analysis modeling provider in Italy and Petanux GmbH as a private data science and research exploitation company in Germany. The consortium as a whole provides professional competences for fulfilling the objectives and promises of DISKOW. In addition, the project partners will disseminate the project results in cooperation with their networks through governmental as well as private employment agencies, VET providers and other related stakeholders to flourish the results and outcomes and sustain the project and the platform in long term.

From the non-technical point of view, DISKOW aims at analyzing the labor market at the level of consortium partnership countries whereas the proof of concept can be used to the labor market analysis at the European level. As a result, DISKOW will be able to provide a streamline of the workforce development and provide predictions and road-maps for the future of specific required competences and jobs. Accordingly, data science has moved to the top of European labor markets’ list. Due to the importance of data science jobs in the European labor market, DISKOW will focus on the identification of skills and qualifications in the data science sector as a specific case study. The final solution will be ready to be adapted to a wide variety of sectors and workforces.

GraDAna (2106-2019): Innovation and Entrepreneurship Competences of Iranian Higher Education Graduates through Data Analytics


Coordinator: Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Greece.
Duration: October 2016-September 2018.
Funding: European Commission
Project Website:
Project total Budget: 688,855 EUR

Project European Partners:

  • Aristotle University of Thessaloniki. Greece
  • Technical University of Vienna, Austria
  • University of Bonn, Germany
  • Web2Learn, Greece
  • Petanux GmbH, Germany

GraDAna is a cross-national project bringing together Iranian Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) with European HEIs and European small and medium size enterprises (SMEs). It aims at curriculum development and staff training in the two regions (Iran and Europe) on the topic of data analytics. GraDAna consists of 5 EU partners, 3 top Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) + 2 small and medium size enterprises (SMEs), and 6 top Iranian HEIs. The involved Iranian HEIs lead research and education nationwide and are geographically balanced located. The project seeks to foster HE cooperation between EU and Iran. It improves entrepreneurship and employability of Iranian HE graduates by elevating their competences in the emerging field of Data Analytics (DA). Involved EU partners have outstanding background in DA and related disciplines. GraDAna transfers know-hows, experiences and best-practices to Iranian HEIs through its sustainable international university-enterprise cooperation plans.

GraDAna aims at:

  • Exploiting Iran’s potentials in science and industry as a “terra incognita”, especially after the recent removal of long time sanctions and new cooperation agreements between Iran and Europeans.
  • Improving entrepreneurship, employability and competitiveness of graduates through modernised trainings in DA and related disciplines.
  • Supporting the 2nd largest unemployed group of graduates in Iran (IT sector) by enhancing their professional competences.
  • Addressing “Iranian Governmental Policy on Developing Strategies to Support VET for HE Graduates”.
  • Proving the extrovert, multicultural and collaborative EU approach to globalization.
  • Sharing European expertise from internationally renowned HEIs and cross-fertilization with Iranian priorities in HE.
  • Inclusion of regional business/industry stakeholders in the project events.