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Recap Offline Project Meeting

Most of our work on the Toolbox Data Literacy is done remotely. Not only because many of the people involved work from home, but also because StackFuel and InfAI have their offices in different cities (Berlin and Leipzig). Finally, the Toolbox Data Literacy itself will be a learning platform that will enable data literacy learning from anywhere.

Nevertheless: it is simply nice to meet from person to person every now and then. Therefore, the joy at StackFuel’s Berlin headquarters was particularly great to meet many familiar faces from Leipzig for once “in real”, at the extensive exchange between the research and development teams.

At the beginning of the meeting, the individual groups from research, development and science communication presented their project results to date. Afterwards, the goals for the coming period were discussed and set so that the team and the TBDK can start successfully into the new year 2023. Future milestones in the development of the platform, first publications and planned networking events were discussed.

The exchange was intensive, the discussion lively. In the end, we realised that we are already on a very good path and that the result will be great. In an illustrious round, there was still the pleasure of lunch together after work. The teams are already looking forward to the next meeting!

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Parliamentary State Secretary Mario Brandenburg on “Toolbox Datenkompetenz”: Data literacy skills of all people must be expanded”.

With the project “Toolbox Data Competence (TBDK)”, the BMBF is funding the nationwide development of data competence with 8.79 million euros.

Berlin/Leipzig, 15.08.2022 – The research project “Toolbox Datenkompetenz (TBDK)” (Toolbox Data Literacy) is developing a Germany-wide digital tool and training platform dedicated to building basic and advanced data skills. With the project, which started in December 2021, the project partners Institute for Applied Informatics (InfAI) e.V. from Leipzig and StackFuel GmbH from Berlin will build an infrastructure that will help to sustainably support the data strategy and the digitisation project of the Federal Government across society in order to be able to look to the future in a data-secure and well-prepared manner.

Parliamentary State Secretary Mario Brandenburg explains: 

“The digital transformation is in full swing. Digitisation is making itself felt in almost all areas of life – be it in everyday life or in professional activities. This also means that very many people need basic data skills to find their way in the digital world. With the Toolbox Data Literacy project, the BMBF is funding two empowered partners so that we can enable citizens all over Germany to build up their data literacy skills so that they feel confident in dealing with data.”

By 2024, researchers from Leipzig and Berlin will jointly develop a digital learning world that includes easy-to-understand learning materials and interactive practical tasks. The Data Literacy Toolbox will support people in setting and expanding their own learning priorities and goals. In this way, a broad, digital learning and tool offer will be established that will help to enable the development of data literacy skills in Germany in a comprehensive and sustainable manner.

Download the factsheet here (in German)

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Toolbox Datenkompetenz: The digital learning platform for sustainable data literacy development

Leipzig/Berlin – 09 August 2022 – Safe handling of data is a non-trivial requirement in the age of digitalisation. But how can it be ensured that there are low-threshold learning opportunities that cover the different needs in the population?

This is where the new research project “Toolbox Datenkompetenz (TBDK)” (Toolbox Data Literacy) comes in: The aim of the project, which is funded by the Federal Ministry of Education and Research with 8.79 million euros, is to develop a Germany-wide digital tool and training platform dedicated to building basic data skills. With the project, which started in December 2021, the project partners Institute for Applied Informatics (InfAI) e.V. from Leipzig and StackFuel GmbH from Berlin will build an infrastructure that will help to sustainably support the data strategy and the digitisation project of the Federal Government across society in order to be able to look to the future in a data-secure and well-prepared manner.

By 2024, researchers from Leipzig and Berlin will jointly develop a digital learning world that includes easy-to-understand learning materials and interactive practical tasks. The Data Literacy Toolbox will support people in independently setting and expanding learning priorities and goals.

Leo Marose, CEO and CO-Founder of StackFuel GmbH clarifies this: “The TBDK offers nationwide online access as well as the free use of online-based data technology. It is particularly important to us that all people in Germany are enabled to flexibly use the platform for independent further education within the framework of an application-oriented learning offer.”

Dr. Christian Zinke-Wehlmann, Head of the Competence Centre at the InfAI, adds: “In order to achieve this, a large number of people from different areas of society are involved in the development – from school to vocational training. Data literacy is understood here as a cross-cutting issue that forms the basis for participation and shaping a world driven by data.”

The “Toolbox Datenkompetenz” research project develops a broad, digital learning and tool offer and thus contributes to enabling the development of data literacy in Germany on a nationwide and sustainable basis.