Join the Community

The School of Data is a community who are enthusiastic about working with data. Whether you are an experienced data wrangler, a beginner keen to gain skills, or an organisation looking for ways to collaborate, there are many ways you can get involved.

Only have 5 minutes?…

…You can still get involved!

Tweet data news at us

The School of Data aims to provide a weekly newsletter of all that’s going on in the data world, the Data Roundup.

We need news scouts to tweet data news stories at us. If you spot an interesting story, event, tool or news item, tweet #dataroundup and our data roundup editor will add your story to the column and credit you with the scoop.

Keep in touch

Join our discussion list. Keep up with the latest news, post questions, spark discussions, or help other learners out by answering their data questions.

Want the latest from School of Data in your inbox without the chat? Join the announce list.

Got some time?

Become a community mentor

Got data skills to share? Are you a member of a community that wants to turn data into information? The School of Data needs you!

We are currently broadening our efforts to spread data skills around the world – people like you are crucial in this effort. New learners need guidance and people to help them along the way. Stand out and become a community mentor!

As a community mentor, you will:

  • Offer constructive feedback for learners on projects (often within your own language region)
  • Help to answer questions by learners on forums and mailing lists (in your own language)
  • Organize data expeditions and hands-on workshops

School of Data is currently rethinking the idea of community mentorship. The signup form is disabled until the new concept is finalized. Check back soon (and watch the newsletter) to see what we come up with!

Have fun with data: become a data sherpa

Volunteer as a guide (sherpa) for a data expedition. Gather a group of data explorers who share your interest in a topic of your choice and embark on a journey into the land of data.

Whether you are interested in solving something serious like a global obesity crisis or establishing whether Norwegian Cheese causes spontaneous combustion, find likeminded explorers and learn wrangling skills while exploring a topic you care about.

Get started: Read our guide for guides, and if it sounds interesting, drop us a line via the mailing list including your proposed topic and whether you are planning an online or offline expedition.

Write new course material

Contribute a new module to School of Data. Contribute your tips, tricks and tools to School of Data’s collection of learning materials by emailing schoolofdata@okfn.org with the text you would like to include.

We are keen to experiment with new formats, so don’t feel restricted to text! If you have video tutorials, slideshows, or materials in another format which will wow a learner, we’d be delighted to hear from you.

Organising content and making sure it gets finished can be tricky (we’ve done enough sprints in our time to have learned this), so if you’d like help to coordinate efforts, just drop us a line.

In the meantime, read our guidelines on what makes a good course for some tips to get you started.

Write for the School of Data blog

Blog for us. Have you done something cool with data? Have you recently discovered a new tool or found a way to work through a tricky problem?

Send us an email at schoolofdata@okfn.org, and we can help you to develop your experiences into a post for the blog. You can also read our blogging guidelines.

My organisation would like to collaborate. Is this possible?

Definitely! We welcome input from other organisations, and are always happy to discuss how this could take place.

Many opportunities are possible, but here are some suggestions of how your organisation could get involved. We are keen to collaborate with organisations who share our values on producing courses and materials, running events and spreading data literacy across the globe. For more information, please email schoolofdata@okfn.org.