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Presented by Lakshman Yapa at Initiatives and Opportunities in Economic and

Presented by Lakshman Yapa at Initiatives and Opportunities in Economic and
Workforce Development at Penn State University, State College, Pennsylvania, May 1, 2007

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Creation of an Internet-Based, Jobs-Networking Application in West Philadelphia, Using Global Information Systems Software Creation of an Internet-Based, Jobs-Networking Application in West Philadelphia, Using Global Information Systems Software Presentation Transcript

    • SmsEP (Short Message Service Employment Networking Program)
    • Designed to address spatial mismatch between job-seekers in West Philadelphia and employment opportunities in the metro area.
    • Also addresses the lack of essential services such as banking, childcare and grocery stores in the study area.
    • Not a solution to the digital divide, but an alternative source of essential information.
    • Web-based resume and employment interface for job-seekers
    • Data stored in an online relational MySQL database.
    • Job-seekers create and maintain a resume and set of personal preferences.
    • Job matches based on information submitted by job-seekers.
    • Resume edit/entry form
    • User-input data is editable by job-seekers at all times.
    • Skill categories based on a survey of existing employment databases such as monster.com and careerbuilder.com.
  • SmsEP Project MySQL Database
    • Web-based profile and job-listing interface for employers.
    • Data stored in an online relational MySQL database.
    • Employers create and maintain a profile of their company.
    • Job listings are created and edited by employers online.
    • Employer profile entry/edit form
    • Profile data is editable by the employer at all times.
    • Profiles are accessible by job-seekers who have been matched with a job offered by the employer.
    • Job-Listings offered by an employer.
    • All listings are stored in the relational database and tagged as either ‘active’ or ‘closed’.
    • Listings are matched to job-seekers based on the job category and key-words entered by the employer.
    • The location of the jobsite is used to determine transportation routes for the job-seekers who are matched with the job.
    • Job listings are editable at any time by employers.
    • Job-Listing edit/entry form.
    • Listings are entered and edited by employers via an online form.
    • Job numbers are generated by the database dynamically.
    • An archive of old job listings is available to employers if they choose to re-open a listing that has expired or been closed.
    • Administrative view of job-seekers
    • Program administrators can view all participating job-seekers.
    • Administrators have the ability to ‘block’ users from the service who have either found employment or violated a program policy.
    • Administrative view of employers
    • Program administrators can view all participating employers.
    • Administrators have the ability to ‘block’ users from the service who have violated a program policy.
    • Administrative view of job listings
    • Program administrators can view all job listings and open or close them as necessary.
  • Philadelphia Metropolitan Area Road Network
  • Philadelphia Metropolitan Area Public Transportation Network
  • Service and Asset Locations in Philadelphia County
    • GIS Routing Model
    • Model calculates route between job-seeker and job-site based on the Philadelphia street network or public transportation network.
    • Directions are output by the model as .txt or .xml files.
    • Locations of services (e.g. banks, grocery stores, childcare centers) along the routes are also collected by the GIS model.
  • Transportation Routing and Banking Locations