I have lost track of the number of times that I have seen people talk about data literacy initiatives, implement solutions, and mention how businesses will thrive if they do x, y, and z. And every single time I read an article or read another “success” story, the one element that needs consideration is left out. People.
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?”
On January 26th, 2021, I posted our first blog post and announced our existence to the world. We are formally toddlers and act as such. We have learned to walk, run, and have had some crying jags and emotional outbursts, but we’re growing.
Post by Sarah Bartlett. Photo by energepic.com from Pexels Firstly, I would like to thank Be Data Lit for the opportunity to write this post. Following the 2021 Iron Viz final, I posted a thread on Twitter that summarised my thoughts following Lisa Trescott’s monumental Iron Viz win. Allen Hillery reached out to me after seeing this threadContinue reading “Sarah Bartlett Reflects on Women in Iron Viz and Representation”
“Sarah Nell-Rodriquez and Allen Hillery win the 2021 Data Literacy Advocates of the Year Award!” I’m still letting that headline sink in. I’m humbled and proud for being acknowledged by friends, colleagues and peers for the work Sarah and I have been doing in the datashpere. We truly have been blazing our own trail whenContinue reading “Five Reflections on Being Data Advocates of the Year”
Guest Post by Steve Tadeo; Feature Photo by Markus Spiske on Unsplash The topic of Data Literacy is getting a great deal of attention these days. The concept has been around for a long time, but now it has a name. Individuals and businesses are recognizing its value, so it’s gaining traction. Companies are focused on developing DataContinue reading “10 Signs You Might Be Data Literate”
Guest Post by Nicola Osinake ‘Digital transformation’ describes anything from the recruitment of data scientists, purchasing a new software package or deploying emerging technology such as AI (Artificial Intelligence). Despite this myriad of interpretations there are two things in common. First: Data will be used and created. Second: Change is inevitable. To enable the majorityContinue reading “How Data is Changing Successful Leadership”
by Allen Hillery Lisa Trescott won the 2021 Iron Viz competition with dazzling and concise visuals and awesome storytelling! For those who may not know about Iron Viz, it’s the largest data visualization competitions where contenders from around the globe compete for bragging rights and a $10,000 cash prize and $5,000 towards a non-profit ofContinue reading “Getting to Know 2021 Iron Viz Winner, Lisa Trescott!”
Guest post by Jason Thompson, CEO of 33 Sticks. Starting my analytics journey In 2004, I found myself out of a job, scared, worried, not knowing where my next paycheck would come from until a friend reached out to me saying, “hey, do you want to join this small company called Omniture, we do webContinue reading “A Is For Analytics: A Children’s Book Designed to Create a New Data Literate Generation”
We haven’t had many posts lately, and there’s a reason for that. We’ve been launching a podcast!
Keep in mind that Data Literacy is not binary but rather is on a continuum. Everyone has some basic data skills, and others are pretty adept at viewing and understanding, and incorporating data into their daily practices. But as the business data world evolves, these basic data literacy skills also continue to grow.