NAV selects JANZZ’s ontology-based solution for modernizing its labour market platform.

The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) has selected the Swiss technology company JANZZ in a public tender process to deliver components for its new labour market platform. JANZZ has won the bidding process against international competition and will support NAV with its expertise in occupation and skills related data.

NAV is adapting its self-service platform as part of its agenda to improve the transition of jobseekers into employment. NAV aims to offer a transparent service for all labour market operators and participants in which all users can utilize the services on the same terms. It is developing a flexible tool that makes the Norwegian labour market more transparent and facilitates faster transition to employment for all jobseekers.

The new platform will be a source of knowledge about Norway’s labour market. The collection, enhancement and analysis of data and information about jobs and skills will be a central part of the future platform. By incorporating data and analytics into its core strategic vision, NAV aims to create a sustainable and dynamic knowledge cycle that will benefit the well-functioning of the labour market.

With its ontology-based job matching technology, JANZZ offers the ideal tool for NAV to build an innovative and sustainable new platform. JANZZ’s ontology of occupation and skills related data is a comprehensive semantic database of job titles, competences and educations. It understands the nuances of CVs and vacancies and can help translate between them. Together with its powerful semantic job matching engine, it will help NAV deliver more relevant and transparent job search results and recommendations and gain more accurate insights into the labour market.

About NAV

The Norwegian Labour and Welfare Administration (NAV) has approximately 19 000 employees (about 14 000 state employees and 5000 municipal employees).
NAV was established on 1 July 2006. The local authorities and central government cooperate to find good solutions for social and welfare and employment services for users through 456 NAV offices in municipalities in all of Norways’ 19 counties.

NAV is responsible for a third of the state budget of Norway, administering various benefit and employment schemes (i.e. unemployment benefit, work assessment allowance, sickness benefit, child benefit, cash-for-care benefit and pensions).

Main objectives relative to the labour market:

  • More people active and in work, fewer people on benefits
  • A well-functioning labour market with a high level of labour force participation
  • An inclusive society that ensures everyone the opportunity to participate
  • Comprehensive and efficient labour and welfare administration

Secondary objectives (working objectives) in relation to the labour market:

  • Inclusive workplaces
  • Businesses and agencies can fill job openings with qualified employees
  • Give individuals with an impairment or reduced functionality the opportunity to participate actively in working life
  • Services and information tailored to the users’ needs and circumstances

More information about NAV is available at www.nav.no

About JANZZ.technology

JANZZ.technology is a technology and consulting company active in the field of semantic skills and job matching, and in the use of complex occupation and skills data. It offers standard and white-label products and SaaS solutions for the modelling, analysis and use of big data on job portals, by public employment services, and on companies’ own job sites. Using the latest semantic technologies to precisely match qualifications and hard and soft skills across different languages, it considerably alleviates the matching problems associated with asymmetric search mechanisms in job markets.

More information about JANZZ.technology is available at www.janzz.technology

JANZZ Highlights: How we started off 2016 successfully

2015 was an exciting and busy year for us, with projects in Europe, South East Asia and the Middle East. The complexity due to the many different languages, cultures and labor markets demanded a lot from our database maintenance team. Therefore, we are all the more proud, to have successfully mastered these projects and to have gained so much knowhow on occupation data. Our team and our central asset, our ontology JANZZon!, have learnt so much.

Occupational classifications

  • We have integrated a major part of the Indian occupational classification NCO-2004. That includes not only occupations in English but also in Hindi.
  • The entry of JSOC 2011 (Japan) and NOC 2011 (Canada) is soon completed
  • We are collecting over 14’000 jobs in Dutch, from the national Dutch classification BO&C. We are also enhancing this data with information from real life job postings.

LinkedIn Skills

As the search for the perfect matching talent or job on LinkedIn becomes more and more important, the significance of the skills you display on your LinkedIn profile increases. The network even advertises that members who register their skills will get four times more profile views. The skills users include on their profile also offer an opportunity to personalize job suggestions, adverts and search results more accurately. On the other hand, companies can search for job candidates according to their job title or skills.

Our ontology already included about 70% of all global LinkedIn skills. In order to achieve our goal “to master occupation data”, we have started to teach our ontology also the remaining 30% of these skills. For we are serious about really knowing all the skills in the world (The same is obviously also true for jobs).

Semantic Technology

Why is it so important, to include all these classifications and skills in our ontology? Why does it, for instance, not suffice that LinkedIn knows all the skills its users register? Our ontology not only registers these terms but it also interlinks them logically. In case of the LinkedIn skills, JANZZ provides significant added value through the interlinking of different languages, which makes LinkedIn’s skills comparable on a global basis. Hence, our ontology JANZZon! offers essential context and intelligent evaluation options for applications such as information systems, matching engines, job portals, CV parsers, statistical analysis and modelling tools and much more. The ontology becomes the means to utilize an enormous amount of data intelligently. Big data becomes smart data.

Personnel Today: whatchado’s search features now bigger and better! JANZZ.technology and whatchado enter into a strategic partnership.

In October 2015, the Austrian career orientation platform whatchado entered into a strategic partnership with JANZZ.technology, the Swiss technology and consulting company for skills and job matching.

JANZZ.technology will now provide semantic enrichment in order to improve and support search results on the web platform www.whatchado.com. Search queries from whatchado users will be sent through an interface to JANZZ.technology’s product JANZZrestAPI. This will provide whatchado with access to JANZZ.technology’s entire multilingual ontology, allowing them to enrich their users’ search queries with this database.

Since the end of April 2015, whatchado has been able to offer users who search for career videos an ontology with over 19 million structured terms, including over 100,000 classified careers and activities with specializations and over 160,000 skills. The database provides users with even more comprehensive results such as synonyms for their search terms or a multilingual comparison of their query. This will allow whatchado users in future to find even more specific information about their dream jobs, or make it easier for them to determine which job is actually their true calling. Jubin Honarfar, CEO and co-founder of whatchado, is excited about this strategic partnership. «Through our partnership with JANZZ.technology, we have found the perfect tool to allow our users to search for careers and jobs with even greater precision and enable them to find which career best fits their interests and requirements.»

The use of synergies also plays a central role in this strategic partnership. CEO and founder of JANZZ.technology Stefan Winzenried is happy to provide the necessary technology: «In whatchado, we have found a partner that shares our vision. That is why we are motivated to do our part so that people have the opportunity to discover which career best fits their needs and skills. Our technology will allow users to perform even more extensive searches. whatchado is free for users, and we are looking forward to contributing to the continued success of the platform.»

Read the article on the website of Personnel Today.

JANZZ.technology Releases a New and Improved Version of its Ontology

Every day, JANZZ.technology’s dedicated team of IT supporters and engineers work on improving the quality and extent of the ontology JANZZon!. Over the past couple of weeks, the focus was on growing the ontology’s reach by implementing even more languages and national occupation classifications.

Improvements on the ontology:

  • Implementation of O*Net completed
  • The Singaporean classifications SSEC 2015 and SSOC 2015 90% completed
  • Several thousands of skills added to the ontology in Arabic
  • Many occupations added to the Dutch classifications BO&C and SBC.

New additions to the ontology:

  • Chinese trad, and Chinese simplified, Swedish, Finnish and Japanese now available for ISCO-08 and selected national classifications such as the Finnish Ammattiluokitus 2010
  • Integration of the European classification for skills, competences, qualifications and occupations, ESCO

For more information on these developments, please contact us directly via email or via our contact form.

Recruiter: Dutch firm WCC Smart Search & Match partners with JANZZ

Dutch software company WCC Smart Search & Match and Swiss skills and job matching technology and consulting company JANZZ.technology have entered into a strategic partnership.

A statement from the companies said the partnership would see an increase in collaboration on future large-scale and complex projects, as well as combining knowledge and experience.

Read the article on the website of Recruiter.

JANZZ.technology and WCC Group enter into strategic partnership.

As of April 2015, the Dutch software company WCC Smart Search & Match has entered into a comprehensive strategic partnership with JANZZ.technology, the Swiss technology and consulting company for skills and job matching. The main objectives of this partnership are to increase collaboration on future large-scale and complex projects, to combine knowledge and experience, and to incorporate both companies’ comprehensive know-how regarding challenging global, multilingual projects in the public employment services (PES), staffing, corporate HR and other relevant job matching areas. For example, the comprehensive ontology JANZZon!, which already contains around 20 million terms from the occupation data area, is set to support and augment WCC’s proven and successful ELISE software platform, allowing new multilingual functionalities with even greater accuracy in search and match.

The resulting synergies will benefit the many renowned clients and global organizations of WCC and JANZZ.technology in the future, extending their advantage still further in the areas of automatic classification, multilingual and semantic ontologies, complex and tailored matching algorithms and the processing of big occupation data.

Information about WCC Group

WCC Smart Search & Match is world’s leading supplier of search and match software solutions and services. WCC focuses on two specific solution areas: employment matching and identity matching. Its ELISE software platform excels in these areas because it uses a unique way of searching and matching data, providing more meaningful results. ELISE is designed to search through vast amounts of data from various sources and give meaningful results in a matter of seconds. It will search and match data in almost any form, be it exact or inexact, structured or unstructured, private or public, and combine multiple modalities (biographic or biometric). WCC’s primary customers are large government organizations and large companies worldwide. The company is headquartered in Utrecht, the Netherlands and has offices in the USA and the Middle East.

www.wcc-group.com

Information about JANZZ.technology

JANZZ.technology is a technology and consulting company active in the field of semantic skills and job matching, and in the use of complex occupation and skills data. It offers standard and white-label products and SaaS solutions for the modelling, analysis and use of big data on job portals, by public employment services, and on companies’ own job sites. Using the latest semantic technologies to precisely match qualifications and hard and soft skills across different languages, it considerably alleviates the matching problems associated with asymmetric search mechanisms in job markets.

www.janzz.technology

Contact:

WCC Group
Zonnebaan 19
3542 EA Utrecht
The Netherlands

Marie-Louise Scheers
Marketing Coordinator
Tel: +31 30 750 3233
mscheers@wcc-group.com

JANZZ.technology
4uGroup AG
Nidelbadstrasse 6
8038 Zurich

Stefan Winzenried
CEO
Tel: +41 43 499 71 04
info@janzz.technology

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