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The Data Literacy Project has introduced a first globally recognized diploma, which allows people to demonstrate their data literacy. The free certification was developed by Qlik scientists and specialists.

Launched in October 2018 by Qlik, Accenture, Cognizant, Experian, Pluralsight, Chartered Institute of Marketing and Data to the People, the Data Literacy Project is a community committed to making society speak fluently about data.

According to the organisation, it is a great challenge to convert data into insights that can be used to do something about it. Only 24 percent of the world’s employees would have confidence in their own ability to read, process and analyze data. This is despite the fact that organisations in almost every sector need employees to be able to extract the insights from the data.


So with the Data Literacy diploma, people can prove that they are date-literate. For this purpose, an exam must first be taken, which consists of seventy questions. The exam measures performance in data skills that help to make better business decisions.

This involves, for example, being able to analyse and critically examine data, and being able to take decisions and communicate on the basis of data. Candidates must also demonstrate business needs and requirements to be able to interpret, and be able to use visualizations to make data-driven decisions.

The exam lasts two hours. Successful candidates then receive a physical diploma and a digital button for their LinkedIn profile and CV. In this way, they can demonstrate that they are able to read, edit, analyse and critically examine data.


The Data Literacy Project aims to support people at every stage of their data literacy development. The organisation not only offers the opportunity to take exams and obtain a diploma, but also helps to teach data literacy.

For example, the organisation has e-learning material online. For example, participants will find nineteen courses that have been made available free of charge by Qlik. The courses help to develop basic skills in data literacy, including Understanding Data, Data Storytelling and an Introduction to Data-Informed Decision Making.

The Data Literacy Project has also recently established a community forum, where people can make contact with and ask questions to experts.

This news article was automatically translated from Dutch to give Techzine.eu a head start. All news articles after September 1, 2019 are written in native English and NOT translated. All our background stories are written in native English as well. For more information read our launch article.