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The power of small data : A source of revenue stream and exploration place for youth employment opportunities.

Small data can help in creating pathways for employment opportunities for youth. Creating a brand of small information can help youth to ace interviews or create employment for themselves.

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The idea to spread the awareness of the usage of small data rather than using big data that most organizations take care of and only 20% of the big data is used to get a panoramic view. But small data can create job opportunities by creating "branding" for job seekers to back them up with information stories. 
Also the idea was created to support another idea that can support youth at large. Take a look at the Daily Routine Based Job Matches 
Small data is supporting as a revenue stream for the initial sustainability of the above idea. 

How will it work? 
Create INFOGRAPHICS based resumes and build know-how in the mind on the interests that will catch interviewer's attention. 

This might succeed because big data is hard to tabulate but small data is easy to get access so that helps building a brand for the job seeker. 

What do you all think about it?

Who does this idea benefit, who are the main players and what's in it for them?

Anyone who is 13 yrs and above irrespective of location and gender is constantly looking for opportunities and small data/information can be used to showcase one's individual liberty and get him/her a relevant job with the know-how sync.

How is your idea specifically increasing access to employment opportunities and pathways for young people?

Everyone talks about big data but small data creates a "brand factor" to the job seekers (youth) and thus creates more employment opportunities to get hired or even to run a business. Edrop derived out of Ebay is a great example. is another example for small data gathering. Likewise, there are many sites that provide valuable inputs for youth who are hooked to the internet world and are seeking for growth.

What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Spread the awareness and build an ecosystem of implementing "small data" driven projects/ growth at educational institutions and at organizations. It would also help communities to gather useful insights.

What skills, input or guidance are you keen to receive from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?

Feedback with relevance and guidance for more applications.

The idea emerged from:

  • An individual

How do you envision your idea being implemented?

  • Keen to prototype it, find partners and pursue implementation


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This is an interesting concept, with many intriguing components or "angles". However, it seems also highly theoretical on many grounds, not least of all its claim: "small data can create job opportunities by creating "branding" for job seekers to back them up with information stories. " I would like to see an example (real world OR hypothetical) of how this works.

How will personal branding (in any form) create job opportunities for large numbers of youth?

Also: I do not know where this factoid cam from or what it means: "only 20% of the big data is used to get a panoramic view." What is this "panoramic view"? If one means a "360 degree" view of the (relevant) data, or a specific info-sphere, would not "big data" serve this better (being bigger)?

There is much here that is stimulating to think about, and, much that needs clarification and solid "grounding" in real-world examples, or, even comprehensible "user stories".

See the thread on Big Data at:

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Your first Q : personal branding will not take place but there will be a focused infographic to depict small data.

Second Q : Yes, big data is good and widely accepted. The reason why I meant 20% consumption because we all don't need big data in our daily life. We need small specific information to process our problems in order to find solutions. Why? - For the simple reason if 10 people are applying for 1 job, 9 will miss out. Why not use small data to get the 9 placed with small information that those 9 people can get hired elsewhere. I guess even Terry Freshwater said the same on your comments -

User stories - You have picked a wonderful phrase. Yes, the user journey map /story will help young people build confidence, collect information and apply for relevant jobs and get hired. In fact this can serve as a basis for initial investment for starting up!

What do you think?

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Ok, I'm getting a clearer picture of what you mean...I assume that the "problem" you are referring to is employment (jobs) and that the "solution" is either 1] developing the skills (data analysis) necessary for a job, 2] finding the job, and 3] both....yes? Ok them what needs to be found then are those employers or (youth-focused) projects that utilize/value this small data....

I use the term "user story" since that was a requirement of a challenge I did back in 2011 (and was one of three winning entries) that asked for both a concept (in this cases, a concept for an "augmented camera") and a "user story" (depicted using a power point slide show) that showed how the concept would help the user do/accomplish what she wanted to do (in my case: add customized text over her photograph in the camera itself)....

It seems to be a useful approach. Now, one needs to identify potential viewers of these user stories....and perhaps (maybe) provide a template (focused on small data usage) to help them along....?

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