Graph databases blast off at NASA for mapping skills to project opportunities

While commercial graph databases have been around for more than a decade, it’s the case that they have yet to make much impact in the HR space. That said, HR tech guru Josh Bersin believes that the technology is a “powerful tool” with much potential in a world that is moving from rigid, hierarchical job descriptions and definitions towards a talent marketplace-based approach. One organization that is starting to benefit by employing graph databases in the talent space though is the US National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). As part of the space agency’s Future of Work initiative, it created an internal talent marketplace to expand its understanding of, and access to, skills and experience from across the business in order to optimize its staffing of different programs.

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