Thursday, November 12, 2020


I'm not too sure about the acronym (perhaps it doesn't call up the same word for Americans?), but the concept of PIDLit is interesting "Public Interest Data Literacy (PIDLit) weds Public Interest Technology and Data Literacy. Students who are skilled in finding, evaluating, analyzing, and using data are better equipped to serve the public good. Communities need thoughtful and well-prepared data experts who can evaluate and use data for informed decision making for the public good, while being ever mindful of the ethical implications that go along with big data collection and increased surveillance." 

Georgia State University is recruiting a PIDLit Fellow who "will take the lead on developing a curriculum for first-year students at Georgia State’s main campus and two-year Perimeter College around data literacy and promoting data careers for the public good. GRAs and undergraduate Peer Leaders will assist with program development, outreach, and instruction. The Fellow will coordinate outreach and marketing efforts, including the hosting of webinars with other universities in order to gain insights and share experiences in reaching undergraduates". (dealine for applications is 10 December) They are also recruiting a graduate research assistant. More information at  

Photo by Sheila Webber: autumn berries, Sheffield Botanics, October 2020

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