Data Literacy Campaign Takes Long View

Among the growing number of initiatives designed to fill the data science skills gap is a “data literacy” campaign designed to emphasize analytical skills as early as elementary school. These grass-roots efforts aim to develop the next generation of data scientists much as STEM curricula seeks to train future engineers. Educators and data analysts met recently during a workshop at IBM’s Almaden Research Center in San Jose, Calif., to explore the nature of data literacy and how analytical thinking can be incorporated into K-16 classrooms and course work. The result was a report issued by the Oceans of Data Institute and IBM titled, Building Global Interest in Data Literacy: A Dialogue. The data literacy workshop reached consensus on three key points: The global economy and the workforce of the future…

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