From the fourth paradigm of science
to the future of work

Big Data and excellence in training, employment growth and jobs of the future.
These are the issues addressed by Da.Re., the project that straddles the new paradigm of knowledge:
in a world where the digital revolution walks side by side to the training and employment revolution,
the future of the work is more and more knowledge and less and less factory.

Universities involved
Organizations involved
European Commision investement

Data Scientist labeled as the
“sexiest job of the 21st century”.

Harvard business review


The citizens’ employability is among the main short-term challenges for EU to ensure economic growth. A great obstacle in achieving such prosperity is the misalignment between job profiles demanded by the industry and those supplied by Higher Education Institutions. If we are to tackle this skill mismatch, we must improve our educational and training system. Higher Education Institutions needs to adapt to the changing needs of the global market, including plans for training and research designed ad hoc. In this view, Big Data represents a great opportunity to tackle unemployment.


Da.Re. project intends to give a significant contribution in the reform of teaching and governance, bridging the gap between Higher Education Institutions and the business sector. To reach this objective, it is necessary to identify the set of skills and the professional profiles that the market demands. The project identified training programs dedicated to the future big data professionals, the contents of which are built on the basis of the actual needs of enterprises, so as to ensure the growth of Data Scientists ready to immediately enter the world of working with the right skills.

Cross-sector perspective

Da.Re. project involves students, professors and professionals in learning, training and capacity-building activities focusing on the quickly growing field of Big Data. The widespread involvement of small, medium and large companies will have a strong role in designing educational paths able to generate highly qualified Data Scientists. Da.Re. project addresses the Big Data issue with a new and unique cross-sector perspective, in which learning methods, policy suggestions, sharing of best-practices and training activities develop data scientists able to help industry managing data and taking advantage from them.


Phase 1: mapping of the training offer in the field of Big Data, both nationally and internationally. The companies involved, representing the demand, indicated the professionals and the specific skills necessary for the development of Data Science profiles. The Universities involved, representing the offer, provided their expertise in the design of training programs and the network of teachers and trainers. Phase 2: creation of a pilot course in Data Science. Selection of a group of students that involved in testing the new training offer, that integrate both 'theoretical' classes and experiential learning within enterprises. Phase 3: proposal of a full curriculum for the training of Data Scientist in Europe.


Loccioni, University of Camerino, eConsulenza and Confindustria Ancona (Italy),
Polytechnic Institute of Bragança and Maisis Information Systems (Portugal),
Vision Scientific and The Open University (UK),
Nissatech (Serbia), Abelium d.o.o. and University of Primorska (Slovenia).
These are the partners who take part in the project.