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Technical data skills


What do data professionals need to know?

Each discipline will have its own specific data skills required but there are many that are common in many disciplines. This Outline:​ ​Data​ ​Skills​ ​Curricula​ ​Framework from the Belmont Forum provides a comprehensive example of what might be offered in a data skills training program.

Where to find training

There are lots of online modules for data wrangling, such as cleaning dirty data, R, Tabula, APIs, OpenRefine and more.

School of Data

Many tutorials are covered under data related topics including:

  • Data Fundamentals
  • Data Cleaning
  • Exploring Data
  • Extracting Data
  • Mapping
  • Collecting Data
  • Presenting Data

Each major topic contains a number of tutorials - each with explanations, summaries, reading and quizzes.
For example, for extracting data you know the data you need is somewhere out there on the Web, but how do you get it on your computer? This course will lead you to:

  • Extracting data from PDFs
  • Making data on the web useful: scraping


Online courses offered through international universities. These courses are free or you can pay for certification. Courses include Deep Learning, Data Science, Python, Machine Learning, Algorithms and Data Structures.

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