The Fifth Elephant 2012

Finding the elephant in the data.

Laura Newman

Become a Data Wrangler! Learning how to work with data.

Submitted Jun 19, 2012

Discover more about the School of Data. Try out some learning challenges to hone your skills, or turn your hand to writing and share your knowledge with Data Wranglers across the world!


The School of Data is a project to teach data ‘wrangling’ skills - the ability to find, retrieve, clean, manipulate, analyse and represent different types of data.

A whole host of skills are required to work with data. At present, there is a real global shortage of ‘Data Wranglers’ who have the necessary skills. The School of Data will adopt the innovative peer-to-peer learning model established by P2PU to provide learning opportunities for anyone who wants to improve their data skills.

During this session, participants will have the opportunity to find out more about the School of Data, and to get their hands dirty trying out some taster challenges and even writing some fun tasks themselves!


A laptop / notepad or similar would be ideal, but if that’s not possible, do come along just as you are! It should be possible to ‘buddy up’ to allow everyone to take part.

Speaker bio

Laura Newman is the Project Lead for the School of Data project. She has a diverse background working on projects for the Open Knowledge Foundation, and at various national and international charities.


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