This month, we highlight a cold case dataset published by the State of Virginia. Can you maximize the potential of your data by treating it like a commercial product? An article from the Harvard Business Review discusses what successful companies are doing. Want to improve data literacy within your agency? An article from CDO magazine highlights six principles or lessons to improve data literacy within the public sector.

Also, check out upcoming live training sessions to improve your data skills, and as always explore the on-demand training options.

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Data Highlight: Virginia State Police Cold Cases

This data is a compilation of information from Virginia State Police investigators and local law enforcement used for soliciting tips on unsolved cases throughout the Commonwealth on the Virginia Cold Case Database. The data covers unsolved homicides, missing persons cases, and unidentified remains. It includes incident date, location, victim information and point of contact for the case.

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A Better Way to Put Your Data to Work

Harvard Business Review

Successful companies capture the potential of their data by treating it like a commercial product. By doing so, they can reduce the time it takes to implement it in new use cases by as much as 90%. They do this by developing a base product that can be customized for different users.

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Six Lessons Learned to Improve Data Literacy in the Public Sector

Chief Data Officer Magazine

This article highlights several principles identified in interviewing several pioneering public sector organizations that have initiated data literacy programs. The principles include:

  • Programs succeed when senior leadership champions the effort
  • Understand the gaps before beginning any training program
  • Establish clear, consistent, and common terminology
  • Improve the access to data
  • Align data governance and data literacy
  • Incentivize staff to embrace data literacy

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Upcoming Live Training

Get trained! The table below highlights upcoming live training available to state employees with an account on the Enterprise Data Platform.

DateStart TimeCourse
Aug 73 PMClean and Tidy Data
Aug 93 PMCreate and Manage Your Dataset
Aug 1112 PMTransform Data with Socrata Query Language
Aug 1410 AMExplore Data with Charts
Aug 163 PMMap Your Data
Aug 183 PMCreate Performance Measures
Aug 2112 PMTell a Story with Perspectives
Aug 233 PMCollaborate with Enterprise Data
Aug 2512 PMData Automation with Gateways and APIs
Aug 283 PMCreate and Manage Your Dataset
Aug 303 PMShape & Join Data in the Exploration Canvas
Sep 13 PMTell a Story with Perspectives

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