Hive Tracks and Bee Informed Partnership case study reflections

The last time my senior seminar class met, we discussed the Hive Tracks and Bee Informed Partnership. The main topic of discussion was data ownership: Who owns the data that volunteers give to these organizations? Also, does that change depending on if the data is from businesses or from individuals?

An interesting point brought up was what happens to data if one of the companies is sold. Someone may be okay with giving their data to these organizations, but not to another one that may end up buying them in the future.

Questions like these always need to be addressed right at the start.

It’s especially relevant to beekeepers though, since bees are so vulnerable. And giving out the data can be dangerous, as it would allow others to figure out beekeepers’ locations. It would be easy for competitors to damage each other’s production if data were to leak.

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Career Development

I attended a career development workshop for class recently. The focus was on networking, interviewing, and following up. Since everyone in the class is a senior, it’s all very relevant to us.

For networking, it’s very important to use LinkedIn somewhat actively. Every time you meet someone, add them as a connection, and if you’ve worked with them, ask for a recommendation.

For interviewing, the speaker said it helps to do practice interviews, which my school offers. I don’t think this is that important though, as most interviewers would know they were speaking to college students with little experience of interviews and would let small mistakes slide. And, in my experience, it only takes one actual interview to become confident and  familiar with the process. My second interview ever went great (much better than my first), and I didn’t read any tips or get advice on what to do. It’s pretty intuitive.

As part of networking, the speaker said it’s very important to follow up with an email or LinkedIn message later on. LinkedIn messages are better, because they won’t get lost in the ’email abyss’ most people have. Just a simple ‘thank you’ or ‘it was great speaking to you’ can have a great impact. This is something I struggle with, but I know the power of it; people respond very favorably to it.

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