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18 June 2019

Do you have the ability to read or understand data? Or ever had problem with data communication or visualisation?

Data literacy

Data literacy is the ability to read, understand, create and communicate data as information and can be presented in different formats; charts, graphs, maps, etc. More importantly, as Mac Bryla, Apac Technology evangelist said “Just because data is presented in a pretty chart, it doesn’t automatically mean that it’s easy to comprehend or that it should be trusted. Understanding of where the data came from, how it was collected, and how it was analysed and visualized are all essential elements of data literacy.” (eye see data)

As we have more and more of it, data and analytics turn into a centerpiece of digital business, and data becomes an organizational resource. Employees should have at least a basic ability to communicate and understand conversations about data. Summarily, the skill to “speak data” will become an essential part of an increasing amount of jobs.

Are you data literate?

A recent study showed that only 21% of 16-24-year-olds are data literate. Meanwhile, a new PWC report found more than 2/3 of employers will demand data science and analytics skills from job candidates by the year 2021.

It will be essential for companies to establish a relevant program. In addition, Gartner expects that by 2020, 50% of organizations will lack sufficient AI and data literacy skills to achieve business value. (Gartner)

Learn, learn, learn

The biggest data and analytics companies (Qlik, Tableau, etc.) started to focus on data literacy. Qlik with Experian, Accenture, Cognizant, Pluralsight, and others launched a new project, called The Data Literacy Project. (The Data Literacy Project)

TheDataLiteracyProject.org

As they state, “Together we aim to ignite discussion and develop the tools we need to shape a successful, data literate society.” They expect to create the world’s most extensive library of resource-based learning for data literacy by 2020. And by 2025, support global educational institutions to place data literacy into the curriculum.

Qlik already created “A strategy and framework for the enterprise: Developing a data literate workforce” which is freely available to everyone. (Qlik)

At the same time, Tableau, the leading software analytics platform, is partnering with digital transformation and leadership training specialist AVADO, to develop a new range of interactive courses designed to help organisations and individuals upskill to become more data literate. (Tableau)

The National Parks - Tableau Visualization

Avado Data Academy is available on different levels, it is designed to help companies strengthen their team’s data literacy and capabilities. AVADO’s Data Academy teaches data-driven decision-making, data analytics, and data science. (AVADO)

At Bodhi Resourcing, we understand the importance of Data Literacy. We speak Data. And we know fantastic talents and great companies who do too. Our day-to-day business connects them.

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