Last October, a certain blogger said:
LinkedIn needs to implement some kind of concept extraction to provide a useful topic facet (something I’d also love to see for their regular people search). This is a challenging information extraction problem, especially for the open web, but I also know from experience that it is tractable within a domain. Given LinkedIn’s professional focus, I believe this is a problem they can and should tackle.
Shortly after writing that post, I interviewed at LinkedIn and met Pete Skomoroch, who showed me an early preview of the work his team was doing to make skills a facet for exploring the space of LinkedIn member profiles. That demo made a strong impression on me, giving me a taste of the great products LinkedIn’s data scientists were working on in the lab.
As Pete says in his blog post:
If you search for a particular skill, we’ll surface key people within that community, show you the top locations, related companies, relevant jobs, and groups where you can interact with like minded professionals. You’ll also be able to explore similar skills and compare their growth relative to each other.
I encourage you to check it out — whether you’re looking for experts on Hadoop, cheese, or anything else! It’s a beta, so I’m sure you’ll find rough edges; but I hope it gives you a sense of how LinkedIn’s data can enable a incredibly powerful and useful exploratory search experience.
No forward-looking statements, except to say that it only gets better from here!