Someone recently asked me what my motivation was behind Data-led Academy and this was my answer:
My main motivation was the fact that there was (and still is) little to no educational content for non-technical/semi-technical folks to learn about data to improve their everyday work. Data is no longer something that only technical people can benefit from, and it should be made accessible to everybody in an organization, irrespective of their technical chops.
The more I think about it, the more I realize that the democratization of data has been the impetus behind Data-led Academy!
We hope to contribute to a much-needed cultural shift where those who don’t identify themselves as scientists or analysts can still use “Data” in their designations! Besides Data Scientists, Data Engineers, and Data Analysts, the world also needs Data Specialists, Data Consultants, Data Interns, Data Managers, and so on.
However, it’s not just about data-specific designations – heck, designations mean nothing today!
The bottom line is that data should be made available in the right shape and format, to every team, in the tools they use every day.
I recently wrote a piece that was featured in the Data For Change column of the TDS publication on Medium – it answers these four questions:
- What is data democratization?
- How to make employees feel comfortable asking data-related questions?
- How to choose the right tools to enable everybody to work with data?
- Why is data democratization an ongoing process that might require a cultural shift in your organization?
Here’s the full article 👇