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Data Literacy for Life

A recent ODI study found that college students are keenly aware of the important role data will play in their lives—even if they don’t plan to become professional data analysts themselves. And as students increasingly recognize the importance of being data literate, our challenge is to provide these students with data literacy knowledge and skills, regardless of their specific career path.

In December, I presented ODI's Ocean Tracks: College Edition (OT-CE) project at the AGU Fall Meeting in San Francisco. OT-CE is an interactive Web-based resource that allows college students to study scientific ideas through authentic big data sets. The tool focuses on building analysis and data literacy skills in the context of a marine biology or oceanography course, and has the potential to exemplify how these skills can be integrated into higher education.

We are ready to pilot test these materials, and we are looking for undergraduate faculty—especially those teaching marine biology or oceanography courses—who can help us. Does this sound interesting to you?

Join our Pilot Study!

As we learn more about the importance of data literacy in education, it will be essential to develop tools that prepare a skilled, educated workforce. Ocean Tracks: College Edition is doing just that. I look forward to your help.


Randy Kochevar, Director
The EDC Oceans of Data Institute

Image from Ocean Tracks
More information about Ocean Tracks: College Edition, as well as ODI's many other initiatives, is available on our newly designed website. You may also be interested in Ocean Tracks, the high school data literacy project that inspired OT-CE.
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