A recent study reveals that students’ data analysis skills have dropped. Even as the information science world and global job market is putting more emphasis on these skills and aptitudes – and more data is available for analysis on a record-setting basis each day – teachers say they’re putting less emphasis on the subject. The need and demand for data-literate employees therefore continues to rise even as the available job seekers with the requisite skills drops. Education Week brought this topic to us in their article, “Students’ Data Literacy Is Slipping, Even as Jobs Demand the Skill.”
Data literacy is the ability to analyze, work with, and pull information from data. It’s a skill that empowers all levels of workers to ask the right questions of data and machines, build knowledge, make decisions, and communicate meaning to others.
In a recent Censuswide survey on behalf of Qlik that asked questions of more than 7,300 business decision makers, just 24% consider themselves data literate.
Without data literacy, leaders can neither thrive in today’s analytics economy nor drive the cultural change necessary in their organizations for profit-oriented data governance – a requirement for any effort at data analytics.
Understanding data is critical, and helping decision makers access data is something we know. No matter what, it is important to have a comprehensive search feature and quality indexing against a standards-based taxonomy. Choose the right partner in technology, especially when your content is in their hands. Access Innovations is known as a leader in database production, standards development, and creating and applying taxonomies.
Melody K. Smith
Sponsored by Access Innovations, changing search to found.