Hot Jobs! Data Management, Mapping, and Visualization

Ketan Mane - from his Ph.D. student days
Ketan Mane - from his Ph.D. student days

SLIS alumnus Ketan Mane (Ph.D.'06) works in the management of biomedical data. He is a Senior Research Scientist at the Renaissance Computing Institute (RENCI), University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill. He is part of the Health Informatics and Bioscience Group.

Dr. Mane's position represents one of the "hot jobs" in the field of library and information science - data management, mapping, and visualization. Careers in this area are opening up for SLIS graduates from the MLS (Master of Library Science), MIS (Master of Information Science), and Ph.D. in Information Science programs.

A June 2011 report by the McKinsey Global Institute, "Big Data: The Next Frontier for Innovation, Competition, and Productivity," highlights a strong job outlook for information specialists such as Dr. Mane:

Manyika et al. (2011; 104, 105) estimate "that by 2018, there will be some 450,000 positions for people with deep analytical skills and some 300,000 graduates with the requisite skills in the marketplace and project some 4million positions for data-savvy managers with 2.5 million graduates with the requisite skills in the marketplace."

While at SLIS, Ketan worked with SLIS Professor Katy Börner on several research projects including the Places & Spaces: Mapping Science Exhibit. His doctoral dissertation, "Envisioning Knowledge: Tightly Coupling Knowledge Analysis and Visualization," drew on that research. Before taking the position at RENCI, he worked at the Los Alamos Lab.

In a recent email interview, we asked Dr. Mane about his current position. His responses:

•Main Job Duties
The focus of my work to improve patient care by optimizing the doctor’s ability to identify best treatment options that work. Job duties include - developing innovative computational approaches for data analysis, modeling, visualization, and data exploration to unlock data trends and patterns relevant to healthcare.

•Favorites Aspects of the Job
Love the interaction and collaboration with brilliant doctors/researchers in the medical field. Also, the aspect of coming up with innovative strategies that can impact quality of treatment that the patient receives.

•Tips for Current Students
Identify a domain of your interest, tinker with your ideas to see what difference you can make.

•Recent Article or Paper
Ketan Mane, Chris Bizon, Charles Schmitt, Phillips Owen, Bruce Burchett, Ricardo Pietrobon, Ken Gersing (2012) VisualDecisionLinc: A Visual Analytics Approach to Comparative Effectiveness-based Clinical Decision Support in Psychiatry, Journal of Biomedical Informatics, 45 (1), pp. 101-106.

•Invited Talks/Presentations
Evidence-Based Medicine at the Point-of-Care: Using Informatics in the EHR Era, North Carolina Network Consortium: Emerging Issues in Chronic Disease in Primary Care, March 2012, Greensboro, N.C.

Data-driven approach to Augment Clinical Decision Making at the Point of Care, Health Data Initiative Forum III – The Health DataPalooza, June 2012, Washington, D.C.

Posted August 21, 2012

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