As It Prepares to Send Humans to Mars, NASA Turns to People Analytics

In 2019 the agency moved David Meza, a data scientist, to Washington D.C. from his Houston home to help NASA map the skills and talents hiding within its workforce. Project leaders would use this tool to staff their teams; professionals would use it to find their next project. To create this database — and the tools project leaders and employees would use to find each other — Meza used Neo4j, a native graph database platform.

“I chose a graph database because of the types of relationships we’re looking at,” Meza said. “It seemed to work a lot easier within a graph model than it would in a traditional relational database model.”

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