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National Standards for Strong Apprenticeships

Sarah Ayres | August 27, 2014

“Apprenticeship, a time-tested model of worker training, can help meet the growing demand for skilled workers in the United States. Expanding apprenticeship, however, will require employers to understand its value. While today’s registered apprenticeship programs are high quality, few employers know what an apprenticeship entails or what competencies a potential employee who has completed an apprenticeship possesses. This is especially true in fields other than building and construction, where the majority of apprenticeships are now concentrated. As policymakers look to expand apprenticeships into new sectors and occupations—such as advanced manufacturing, health care, and information technology—it will be crucial to establish apprenticeship as a credible form of certification in the eyes of employers. To accomplish this, employers should develop industrywide standards that validate that a worker who has successfully completed an apprenticeship possesses the specific knowledge and competencies required for employment in that industry. By developing a robust apprenticeship system, the United States can better meet business demand for skilled labor and strengthen its competiveness in the global economy. Today more than ever, the United States requires new tools to equip workers with the skills employers need. Almost half of all U.S. employers report that they have a hard time filling jobs because candidates lack technical competencies. By 2020, the nation will experience a shortage of 3 million workers with associate’s degrees or higher and a shortage of about 5 million workers with technical certificates and credentials, according to a Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce analysis.”

IBM X-Force Threat Intelligence Quarterly, 3Q 2014

Get a closer look at Heartbleed—from the latest attack activity to mitigation strategies - using 2014 mid-year data and ongoing research. IBM, August 2014. “Welcome to the latest quarterly report from the IBM® X-Force® research and development team. In this report, we’ll look at how the Heartbleed vulnerability—CVE-2014-0160, disclosed in April 2014—impacted organizations around the world.Continue Reading

Investigative Report – NSA created ‘google-like search’ engine – shared access with other agencies

“Data available through ICREACH appears to be primarily derived from surveillance of foreigners’ communications, and planning documents show that it draws on a variety of different sources of data maintained by the NSA. Though one 2010 internal paper clearly calls it “the ICREACH database,” a U.S. official familiar with the system disputed that, telling The Intercept that while “itContinue Reading

Workplace Stress in the United States

OECD Economics Department Working Papers. Workplace Stress in the United States. Issues and Policies. Michael Darden, July 21, 2014. “Despite relative affluence, workplace stress is a prominent feature of the US labour market. To the extent that job stress causes poor health outcomes – either directly through increased blood pressure, fatigue, muscle pain, etc. or indirectly through increasedContinue Reading

Google’s fact-checking bots build vast knowledge bank – New Scientist

Hal Hodson, 20 August 2014, New Scientist - The search giant is automatically building Knowledge Vault, a massive database that could give us unprecedented access to the world’s facts “GOOGLE is building the largest store of knowledge in human history – and it’s doing so without any human help. Instead, Knowledge Vault autonomously gathers and merges information from acrossContinue Reading

The 1,000-robot swarm – Harvard Gazette

Caroline Perry, SEAS Communications: “The first 1,000-robot flash mob has assembled at Harvard University. “Form a sea-star shape,” directs a computer scientist, sending the command to 1,024 little ’bots simultaneously via an infrared light. The robots begin to blink at one another, and then gradually arrange themselves into a five-pointed star. “Now form the letter K.” The “K”Continue Reading

The new digital ecosystem reality: Innovation’s next frontier is in customer service

PWC: “In their quest to improve the customer experience, many organizations have overlooked a key element: customer support. Traditional support is episodic and event-driven, with the onus on customers to initiate and maintain contact. Customers, however, have come to expect much more. The next-generation customer experience requires innovation in service and support across all access channels—contactContinue Reading

Readers absorb less on Kindles than on paper, study finds

Research suggests that recall of plot after using an e-reader is poorer than with traditional book, Alison Flood - The Guardian “A new study which found that readers using a Kindle were “significantly” worse than paperback readers at recalling when events occurred in a mystery story is part of major new Europe-wide research looking at the impact of digitisationContinue Reading

Why You Should Talk to the Librarians

Paula Krebes, Dean, College of Humanities and Social Sciences at Bridgewater State University: “If you haven’t spent a good few hours going over your syllabi with a librarian trained in your subject area, you’re shortchanging your course and your students (and yourself). Librarians keep up with the technology in your field. They know the campus holdings and canContinue Reading

State Open Data Policies and Portals

“This report by the Center for Data Innovation provides a snapshot of states’ efforts to create open data policies and portals and ranks states on their progress. The six top-scoring states are Hawaii, Illinois, Maryland, New York, Oklahoma, and Utah. Each of these states has established an open data policy that requires basic government data,Continue Reading

Record decline of ice sheets: scientists map elevation changes of Greenlandic and Antarctic glaciers

News release: “Bremerhaven, 20th August 2014. Researchers from the Alfred Wegener Institute, Helmholtz Centre for Polar and Marine Research (AWI), have for the first time extensively mapped Greenland’s and Antarctica’s ice sheets with the help of the ESA satellite CryoSat-2 and have thus been able to prove that the ice crusts of both regions momentarily declineContinue Reading

Comparing Google Consumer Surveys to Existing Probability and Non-Probability Based Internet Surveys

“This study compares the responses of a probability based Internet panel, a non-probability based Internet panel and Google Consumer Surveys against several media consumption and health benchmarks. The Consumer Surveys results were found to be more accurate than both the probability and non-probability based Internet panels in three separate measures: average absolute error (distance fromContinue Reading