meet the geeks
Data Literacy Geek(s) are focused on how we can help deliver inspiration to people and organizations
Angelika has worked for a long time within the Data Evangelist world as a teacher and operations manager at several organisations. Additionally Angelika is a lecturer at the University of Applied Sciences in Amsterdam. Her latest role is as a Manager Education at 2Foqus Breda (www.2foqus.nl).
Boris and his team at INFORM DataLab are working passionately to drive the adoption of solutions and processes that enable people to make healthy, data driven decisions. These approaches cover the entire data value added chain starting from raw data to sophisticated Business Intelligence Applications or AI solutions based on modern data science.
Kabir is a Data Literacy advocate who focuses on helping people to make informed decisions using data. He is the co-founder of Kids in Data, a solution architect, Qlik Luminary, blogger, public speaker and STEM ambassador whose sole aim is to make technology work for people and a strong believer of sharing knowledge, cultivating the young generation and making the world more data literate.
WHAT WE'RE ALL ABOUT
We often hear, data driven decision making around us, but from our opinion you actually can’t be driven by data! As we see it you only can be driven by the insights (or information) created from data.
Gartner defines data literacy as the ability to read, write and communicate data in context, including an understanding of data sources and constructs, analytical methods and techniques applied — and the ability to describe the use case, application and resulting value. (Source Gartner Feb 6, 2019)
From our point of view we agree, but nevertheless, data is nothing until you create fantastic insights (information). And the complexity is not only to be able to build fantastic insights but also how you could interpret the information and get to actions. This last step is often the most difficult one and the one that also most of the time that fails.
Data Literacy Geek(s) are focused on how we can help deliver inspiration, instructions and even when needed from our individual employer's professional consulting services help people and organizations to become data literate.
People are the most important part of the journey towards Data Literacy, people create data, people build fantastic insights, people analyze data and people (hopefully) make decisions based on these created insights to reach their organizational goals.
To reach the stage of an “insights driven” organization is a tremendously big cultural change. The Data Literacy Geeks have led companies and organizations to become data literate. Those stories, the experience is something we love to share to help PEOPLE embark on that journey and be successful.
Rounding the Bases
Angelika describes how Data Literacy and Data Analytics help increase data maturity and gives insight in how data can save lifes! Read the full story on upshot.com
Bring the People
Boris illustrates some common challenges in the engagement of people with analytics. In his following posts he offers solutions and approaches to increase data literacy and acceptance. Check it out on LinkedIn.
Kids in Data
KiD - an interactive data literacy workshop platform, helping young children to learn about data and visualisations through games!
Data is not about data. Data is about insights and insights become information that needs to lead towards action. Embarking on a journey to establish data as a foundation for better decisions or operational excellence, should always be driven by concrete business questions that need answering to create benefits for the organisation and its people.
Data Literacy helps people understand data, helps to efficiently generate insight and at the end lead to actions. This is the most difficult step for organizations and people. Data literacy will also help with detecting misleading information and understanding e.g. confirmation bias and thus to stay critical.
As with most things in life there should be a feedback loop, the need to be able to form business questions, work with user requirements and project definitions, generate and gather data. But also evaluate the outcomes, discuss the outcomes, make the correct decisions and finally formulate new (business) questions.
Why we're not publishing
In this article Angelika explains her decision why she is not publishing the developed COVID-19 dashboard. That is amongst all things also a step in Data Literacy, NO is also an answer.
It's a cultural thing
In his article Boris describes which aspects of an organisation's culture need to be developed to create fertile groud for data driven operations. Check it out on LinkedIn
Fireside Chat #1
Is data the new oil? No idea, but just like oil the raw material is not very useful. Only refining into somehting else: Insights, brings the true value to the light. Check out our first Fireside Chat video here.
The goal of creating a data literate world is not to promote data literacy for data literacy's sake. As with the ability to read it is not about being able to read, it is about the fact that we need to be open-minded, critical and by all means curious.
This means that at the very core of why we engage in data literacy and data value generation is growth. Growing one's ability to utilise data in their every day lives to diminish uncertainty and therefore grow satisfaction and happiness. Growing one's business by utilising data to make better decisions, increase operational excellence, or direct monetisation of data. Dare to be curious, creative and even critical! And most importantly, dare to decide and dare to ask questions!
After some persuasion Angelika has written an article about the side things around the COVID-19 pandemic. She explains what the effects are on commercial flights, clinical trials etc.
Boris describes the attributes data driven leaders should bring to the table to drive home data driven culture, insights and growth in an organisation. Check it out on LinkedIn.
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