Big data is changing industries—including health care, journalism, science, and manufacturing—at breakneck speed, and these rapid changes are challenging the U.S. education system to keep pace. How can we make sure that students have the skills and knowledge they will need to succeed in an increasingly data-driven world?

EDC’s Oceans of Data Institute (ODI) is committed to ensuring all students gain data literacy skills and know how to use data to make informed decisions. ODI is transforming K–16 education by supporting educators in integrating data literacy instruction into all school subjects. The institute is also working with community colleges, universities, and big data industry experts to create pathways to data careers.

Key Activities

ODI collaborates with scientists, engineers, educators, and business people to do the following:


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National Science Foundation, NASA, National Geographic Foundation, General Motors, IBM

American Geoscience Institute; Bunker Hill Community College; California Polytechnic State University; The Concord Consortium; Gulf of Maine Research Institute; IBM; Mount Washington Observatory; Normandale Community College; Scripps Institution of Oceanography; Sinclair Community College; Stanford University; University of California, San Diego; University of Maine-Orono; University of Washington-Seattle