Having access to more data does not necessarily mean greater insights, as few people are skilled at sorting through massive spreadsheets. Visual representations of data and data literacy programs can help address this challenge. This is why the Canada Energy Regulator (CER) created data visualizations and worked with Ingenium to create lesson plans for Canadian Grade 9 and 11 students. The CER visualization tools are based on their open data and can be used by anyone to explore Canada’s energy future, imports and exports of energy resources, incidents at CER-regulated pipelines and facilities, and conditions that are placed on pipeline approvals. Additionally, they used Statistics Canada’s data, collected through the Census Program every five years, to map out economic regions within one of their visualizations.
They then worked with Ingenium for their “Let’s Talk Energy” initiative which encourages people across Canada to explore energy systems and to reflect on the relationship between energy, the economy and the environment. Together they developed lesson plans for Canadian students, including:
- Exploring Canada’s Energy Future - a teacher’s guide, activities and infographics designed to help students navigate the importance of energy in Canada;
- Learning how to use real life Canadian energy data to explore Canada’s energy future; and
- Engaging in fun activities like ‘Energy Entrepreneurs’ where students use datasets to secure investment in imagined energy projects.
The Canada Energy Regulator used open data to help Canadians understand regulatory data. With the help of Ingenium, they enable teachers to discuss uses for open data and data literacy within classrooms. For students, it provides an opportunity to learn about Canada’s energy sector and engage in fun activities using datasets. Through data visualizations, they enable Canadians to explore multiple pathways to uncover stories and draw insights, invite discovery and interact with data.