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It would be a match made in heaven: the OECD’s Survey of Adult Skills (known officially as the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, PIAAC) and the European Commission’s ESCO project (a multilingual classification of European Skills, Competences, Qualifications, and Occupations). Together, they would create an invaluable map of the supply and demand for professional skills across countries.

But how to do it? It would be like marrying an encyclopaedia to a dictionary. Even the best of brains would balk at the task. But not, as it turns out, an artificial intelligence.

This is what a Pillars team from the University of Milano-Bicocca and the Katholische Universität Eichstätt-Ingolstadt just did.

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