Big metadata analytics focuses on understanding scholarly communication processes by using metadata from data repositories and other databases as the source to investigate the structures and dynamics of collaboration and intellectual networks as well as the impact of such networks on scientific capacity and knowledge diffusion. Projects in this focus area include Discovering Collaboration Network Structures and Dynamics in Big Data and Cyberinfrastructure-Enabled Collaboration Networks.
Metadata modeling and linking is another research area that takes a different approach in examining big metadata residing in data repositories. By tracking and analyzing how research data in different re
The iSchool has its career fair every semester and iSchool alumni often come back as representatives of their companies to recruit students into entry-level positions. Students attend the fair in order to network with experts and future employers in the information and technology industry.
At this semester’s career fair, more than 40 companies participated. Recognized companies like IBM and American Express came to meet with students.
Helping Students Succeed
Christopher Perrello, Director of Career Services at the iSchool, has worked with students to prepare them for career fairs for three years now. Perrello says he feels a sense of accomplishment whenever a student lands a job and then comes back to recruit fellow iSchoolers.
“Seeing alumni come back makes me feel like I’m creating lifelong relationships,” said Perrello. “I’ve built a rapport with these students from when they were first-year freshman. Now they’re coming back as alumni to recruit, and it’s an awesome feeling.”
A Unique Skillset
More than 40 companies participated at the iSchool’s fall career fair. Photo by Charles Wainwright.
Akshit Salian, a data analyst at SmartestEnergy, was one of many participants in this fall’s career fair. Salian is an iSchool alum, class of 2019. He said he returns to give back to the community. He said he knows what it’s like to be in the position of being an iSchool student who is looking for that first career step.
“I have a job because of the iSchool,” said Salian. “The jobs our company is looking to fill are catered toward iSchool students. There is a blend between management and technology, giving students the option to pursue something more technical or management oriented.”
Salian believes the iSchool is unique. He chose the data science track coupled with management courses in Whitman. He said during his first visit to the iSchool, he recognized the differences in the way the curriculum was taught compared to how it is done in India. Flexibility in coursework and specialization areas that allow you to differentiate yourself from others is what makes the iSchool stand out, according to Salian.
Giving Alumni a Chance to Give Back
Adrienne Graves, Assistant Director of Alumni Relations at the iSchool, works to make sure the school stays in contact with alumni and builds a relationship with them. Graves said alumni love to interact with current students.
“I know a lot of times students are hesitant to reach out to an alum or to go up and talk to an alumni on campus,” said Graves. “They feel that they’re bothering them or inconveniencing them. But that is never the case. Alumni overwhelmingly say that they love when students reach out to them and connect with them.”
Jason Stachowski, software engineer at M&T Bank, also came to the fair to recruit students. He said he understands what it feels like to try to land a job after graduation and wants to help iSchool students.
“It’s nerve wracking to get your first job, so if I can help that process or offer some guidance, I will do that every time,” said Stachowski.
For more information on future career fairs, workshops and events, visit the iSchool’s Career Services Office.
positories and/or different stages of a research lifecycle are related and linked, we develop models to represent domain knowledge networks for metadata applications. Projects in this focus area include metadata modeling for gravitational wave research data management, metadata portability, and relation typology.