Article written by: Allen Hillery, Feature Photo by Tim Gouw from Pexels November is that time of year when you start to reflect on end of year activities. A lot of us are also planning for Holiday seasons with family and friends. In fact, this is the time where you start hearing, “Let’s circle backContinue reading “Will You Let Rudolph Join in the Reindeer Games?”
Brunch with Dzifa. This past labor day weekend Sarah Rodriquez, Dzifa Amexo and myself met up in person for the first time. It was a fun and emotional reunion of sorts. Like most pandemic friendships of late, we all met online. Sarah and I met on a data literacy Slack channel and have been collaboratingContinue reading “Dzifa Amexo discusses her data career journey and why you should be reading her Yelp reviews.”
Article by Adedamola Ladipo, Photo by Pixabay The 2020 Union of European Football Associations (UEFA) European Football Championship in summer 2021 was one of the most exciting soccer tournaments in years. Following the highs and lows of each match, I was left feeling inspired to create a soccer-related data visualization. After some searching, I cameContinue reading “Using Data to Address Racial Bias in Soccer Commentary”
Article by Steve Tadeo and Allen Hillery, Photo by Stein Liland Today for many organizations the business benefit of data analytics is still just a promise. Everyone agrees that analytics present limitless possibilities of business impact and competitive advantage but realizing these benefits have been a challenge. Facebook, Amazon, Netflix, and Google are leaders inContinue reading “Realizing the Promise of Data Analytics”
Throughout recent months, there has been a switch to a gatekeeping, elitist attitude toward education and subsequent skills. This type of thinking is harmful and should not continue.
At Be Data Lit, we’re always advising people on career pathways in data. Life isn’t linear and careers are no exception. Given the influx of data today, we believe that it’s “all hands on deck” when it comes to navigating data. Another piece of advice we like to give is “You don’t have to beContinue reading “How Data Supports the Intersection of Impact and Social Justice: A Discussion with Channing Nesbitt.”
So often, we talk about Intel when it comes to Microchips, and in Data Literacy, we don’t talk about the WHY enough and how microchips contributed to where we are. Lynn is the reason microchips are as efficient as they are, yet all we hear about is Moore and the other inventors. Our technology rate of change is exponential because of contributions like Lynns.
For a long time, I didn’t share my story about poverty and thought talking about it would diminish who I am today. Somewhere in the past five years, I learned to embrace my background and let it empower me and hopefully inspire someone struggling today. There’s always hope, even when it’s dark.
Data literacy is simply the data skills required to thrive in a digital society. It exists because the cost of education has increased, along with the velocity of technology change, and our adaptation as humans to keep up with it has not kept pace.
It feels appropriate that I waited to start writing this until Valentine’s Day – a day often about unrequited love. Or, in this case, the unrequited love of data literacy initiatives and the frequently uttered phrase “what the hell did I get myself into?”