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A colleague at IDEO mentioned the new Skills & Expertise feature in LinkedIn and I eagerly checked it out. Turns out it lets people use self-reported labels of skills to discover other people with similar passions. One of the nice aspects is that it also lists “Related Locations”, which by some ranking or another lists locations where many people are said to have that skill. I decided to create a searchable map that has points for each of the cities LinkedIn has, and show what skills a city has. Looking for “Ruby on Rails” experts shows these cities on the West Coast - clicking on a city will show what top skills are associated there.
Check it out here