Creating a data literacy program

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Open data generates excitement from people with tech skills and expertise, while most citizens are left behind. Data literacy is essential to support the use of open data.

The government could support the implementation of open data literacy programs or “bootcamps” by local organizations, accredited data literacy courses at colleges and universities that promote skills building, and accessible e-learning opportunities.

The OECD [1] recently emphasized the growing demand for information-processing skills and found these skills to be “positively and independently associated with the probability of participating in the labour market and being employed, and with higher wages.” Data literacy is an important foundation of Canada’s future economy.

1. http://skills.oecd.org/OECD_Skills_Outlook_2013.pdf

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