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Data Literacy Module 2: Finding Data, Data Collection & Data Formats

Data literacy is the ability to read, understand, work with, analyze, and argue with data. It is also the ability to derive meaningful information from data. Data literacy is not simply the ability to read text since it requires quantitative and analytical skills (for example: mathematical and statistical) involving reading and understanding data. Hence, with increased data literacy, one will be able to produce more insightful and evidence-based stories. This program has been localized to meet the local context of Thailand. EWMI-ODI and training team would like to express gratitude to the original program of  World Bank’s Data Literacy Program, and advisors who supported the curriculum improvement for Thailand. 

This component introduces basic knowledge of data formats, the skills to find data online, sample tools that are used for collecting data, and the concepts to transform data into stories. Starting with a review of data formats, the unit moves on to techniques used to find, convert and process data that is in different formats, and how to develop a hypothesis and questions for a data story. Selected open-source tools will be introduced to you in case you require tools supporting your data collection, such as Mapeo - Mobile (only available in Android at the moment).

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Data Resource Preview - 2.1 Common Data Formats (Thai)

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Document type Conference/workshop proceedings and presentations
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  • English
  • Thai
Topics Education and training
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  • Thailand
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The Open Development Data Literacy training materials are based on the original Introduction to the Data Literacy training manual by Eva Constantaras developed under the Sudan Evidence-Base Program (EBP), a partnership among the Ministry of Finance and Economic Planning, the United Kingdom's Department for International Development (DFID), and the World Bank. The Myanmar version of the manual was localized by Yan Naung Oak and Phandeeyar, with support from United Kingdom's Foreign, Commonwealth & Development Office (FCDO),Australian Aid, Ministry of Foriegn Affairs of Denmark, and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Finland. The Cambodia version of the manual was localized by Yan Oak and Open Development Cambodia, with support from USAID's Cambodia Civil Society Strengthening Project. Additional modules and materials for this version were included to provide greater context to differing thematic issues and needs within the Mekong, including Indigenous Data Sovereignty and applications such as MAPEO with the support of Digital Democracy, developed by Saowalak Jingjunvisut and Open Development Mekong, with support from Voices for Mekong Forests Project and other donors.The materials are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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This lesson was adapted from the World Bank's Introduction to Data Literacy training manual by Eva Constantaras and Yan Oak and is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License.

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Author (corporate) World Bank
Co-author (coorporate) Adapted and Translated by Open Development Thailand
Publication place Thailand
Publisher Open Development Initiative (ODI)
Publication date 2021
General note

The training has been conducted for local partners in Thailand during February - April 2021. All materials are open and freely shared to all participants. There may be the third parties' sample of datasets that have been used, adapted and referred for the purpose of the training. ODI has no responsibilities if the data has not been updated.

Keywords data literacy
Date uploaded February 23, 2021, 07:37 (UTC)
Date modified June 22, 2021, 07:08 (UTC)