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Geospatial Commission to provide pilot digital and data training course


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The Geospatial Commission is preparing a digital and data skills training pilot for members of the Government Geography Profession (GGP).

It has invited applications to take part in a new 20-day tailored course provided by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) Data Science Campus.

It will provide a foundation for using Python programming language to improve participants’ capability to work with location data, begin with an introduction to data ethics and quality, followed by three days of an introduction to Python designed by ONS. Further training will consist of a mixture of in-person and virtual training with guided self-learning exercises.

The commission said the course is open to GGP members from underrepresented backgrounds with no or little coding or data analysis skills or experience.

Visualisation and analysis

“The aim is to equip learners to think like data visualisation developers and data analysts, equipped with the knowledge and understanding of visual analytics principles, creating effective dashboards and visual analytics solutions using Python,” the Geospatial Commission said.

It added that if the pilot proves successful it will look at how to further develop the programme.

The application process will be open until 19 February and the course will begin in late March.


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