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Introduction to Data Literacy

Data is all around us, which makes data literacy an essential life skill.

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Data is all around us, which makes data literacy an essential life skill. It is a skill that empowers you to ask the right questions about data and choose the right tools to read, interpret and communicate data. This non-technical course will equip you with the necessary knowledge and skill to feel confident around data and understand how data can be used to gain actionable insights and drive change.

Through hands-on exercises, you’ll learn how to get from data to insights, how data drives decision-making, how to collect and manage data, the four types of analytics and how to use storytelling and visualization to improve your data communication, and more.

You’ll start with the basics, understanding why data literacy is important and why you should take steps to become data literate. You’ll also learn how to use data to your advantage, from gaining insights to making decisions.

Next, you’ll discover how to identify data sources, looking at some of the most common types, how to manage them, and what to do when you run into problems with your data.

In the second half of this data literacy course, you’ll focus on how you can gain insights by using data analytics. As well as exploring the different types of analysis and when to perform them, you’ll also learn about presenting your findings with impact using data visualizations and storytelling.

By the time you’re finished, you’ll have a strong understanding of why data literacy is so essential in the modern world, as well as some of the fundamentals of identifying the right types of data for you to use.

Time to start your journey to becoming data literate!
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    Data Literacy Basics

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    Why should you become data-literate? To answer this question, you'll learn why data literacy is an essential skill, how to get from data to insights, and how data can help with decision-making.

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    Why data literacy is an essential skill
    50 xp
    Defining data literacy
    50 xp
    Reasons to become data literate
    100 xp
    The data literacy toolbox
    100 xp
    From data to insights
    50 xp
    DIKW pyramid as a process
    100 xp
    What is insight?
    50 xp
    Information or knowledge?
    50 xp
    Data-driven decision making
    50 xp
    Becoming data-driven
    50 xp
    Facts & myths about being data-driven
    100 xp
    Data-driven process
    100 xp
    Fitting the problem statement
    50 xp

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Data Visualization Cheatsheet

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Maarten Van den Broeck
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Anneleen Rummens
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Carl Rosseel

Head of BI Curriculum at DataCamp

Carl, a Tableau certified data analyst, is the head of the BI Curriculum at DataCamp, where he focuses on democratizing data skills through Business Intelligence tools. He holds a double master's degree in Business Engineering and worked in various analyst roles at an e-commerce company before joining DataCamp. He likes to use data to make the complex simple and tell data stories. Outside work, you can often find him enjoying a game of soccer, both on and off the pitch.
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Jess Ahmet

Content Developer at DataCamp

Jess is a Content Developer at DataCamp. Prior to joining DataCamp, she worked in various analyst roles within healthcare and most recently online gambling. She has a passion for education, data, and business which she has been able to combine in her role at DataCamp. Outside of work, you can often find her in front of a TV watching Soccer and Formula 1.
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