Through its Economic Graph Challenge, LinkedIn shares select, anonymized data from its job and employee promotion platform to chosen research teams. This includes employment locations and LinkedIn user skills and education history.
Winners of the challenge will only be given datasets relevant for the purposes of the proposed research. The data is made available in a separate, secure “sandbox” environment on the company's hardware - this means the data is isolated from LinkedIn's active repository.
The Graph Challenge fulfills both LinkedIn's commercial and public interest needs. LinkedIn maintains intellectual property over all the research produced and hopes to use these insights to improve future product design. However, in addition to this, the research can reveal important information regarding economic development across the globe, with some researchers looking at gender disparities in online promotion and others looking at the "economic health" of cities.