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D3 Digital data project receives quality label award

open data imageD3 – Developing Digital Data literacy, is an Erasmus Plus project (2020-2023) examining the importance of teaching data literacy in schools.

After review and evaluation from the Erasmus unit, we are delighted to announce that D3 has been awarded the Erasmus Quality Label from the Flemish national agency EPOS (Eposvzw)  for the work undertaken .

D3 related to the need for information literacy for all citizens in Europe. Eradicating present-day problems such as the rise of populism and mis-information in all its forms and dimensions is one of the greatest challenges faced in Europe.

D3 sought to integrate open data, digital skills and democratic engagement in schools.

The D3 project produced four outputs for schools and teachers:quality label

IO1: Review school curricula and qualifications, open data tools
This review relates to the EC Digicomp framework and provides a capacity building tool by identifying opportunities to integrate open data and digital data tools into secondary schools and responsive to “digital data skills” gaps. Download the review

IO2: Teacher Training Course
The training course focuses on competences related to digital technologies and data literacy in initial and continuing teacher education and training
Module training units  —  An introduction to the training – Download training materials (6 languages)

IO3: Teaching resources on democratic engagement and open data
These teaching resources provide blueprints for teachers to use digital data and information tools to help build critical engagement and active citizenship.
Open Data Tools – D3 Lesson Blueprints

IO4: A Gallery of Case studiesttf image
These demonstrate pedagogical approaches for developing digital data literacy in secondary schools.
Explore the Gallery

Find out more about the follow-up open data project “Teaching the Future” which has developed a data dashboard, data tools, training materials, a pedagogical/curriculum analysis and other resources related to the challenge of accessing open data when teaching about climate change.

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Sharing D3 with the Open Data Charter Community

In January 2020 EUROGEO, as coordinator of the D3 (Developing Digital Data literacy) project applied for membership of the Open Data Charter Community. Find out more about this. EUROGEO duly became a member of the Community in April 2020 and has since regularly participated in meetings of open data experts and government officials. charter-zoom-meeting-image

In April 2022 members of the open data charter working groups shared projects they were involved in. Karl Donert, project coordinator of D3 and Vice President of EUROGEO, presented the work undertaken by the D3 project to more than 100 members of the Open Data Charter Community from around the world. The session held was online and bilingual English-Spanish.

The International Open Data Charter is a set of principles and best practices for the release of governmental open data. The charter was formally adopted by seventeen governments of countries, states and cities at the Open Government Partnership Global Summit in Mexico in October 2015. The initial signatories included the governments of Chile, Guatemala, France, Italy, Mexico, Philippines, South Korea, the United Kingdom and Uruguay, as well as the cities of Buenos Aires, Minatitlán, Puebla, Veracruz, Montevideo, Reynosa, and the Mexican states of Morelos and Xalapa.

The six principles are:logo
Open by Default;
Timely and Comprehensive;
Accessible and Usable;
Comparable and Interoperable;
For Improved Governance & Citizen Engagement;
For Inclusive Development and Innovation.

Members are engaging in promoting open data access and the core principles of the Charter.

The Charter has so far been signed by 83 Governments and 72 other organisations. The mission of the Charter is to make data open and freely available, while protecting the rights of people and communities. Included in the Charter. Find out more

In 2018 the European Union has launched an Open Data Charter Measurement Guide. This gives an overview on existing measurement tools for each Open Data Charter principle so that countries and regions can be  compared in terms of their maturity and availability of open data.  The purpose is to to compare the different indicators that are used in the five largest Open Data measurement initiatives.

Read about Open Data Maturity in Europe

D3 celebrates International Women’s Day

On the occasion of International Women’s Day we share a teacher’s story on using data in their work. The theme for International Women’s Day, 8 March 2022 is “Gender equality today for a sustainable tomorrow”. women in parliament graphic

Gender equality is one of the fundamental principles of the European Union and during the recent decades it is generally acknowledged that significant progress has been made in this area. However, the gap between women and men still exists and is particularly evident both in the labour market and in the political and decision-making arena.

Furthermore, although attitudes towards equality are evolving, even today’s younger generation is not free from stereotypes and gender inequalities. This StoryMap, created within the context of the D3: Developing Digital Literacy Erasmus+ Project, aims to focus on the issue of gender equality in the political scene of Greece and also the EU and be used as supplementary educational material by teachers in secondary schools.

More specifically, this story map addresses teachers of the 3rd grade (Junior High School – Hellenic Gymnasium) who teach History, Social and Civic Education or Modern Greek Literature, as it can be linked to individual, corresponding themes concerning the feminist movement, human rights and social racism.

Visit the StoryMap below to find out more

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D3 Lesson Blueprints for Developing Digital Data Literacy now online

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The D3 project has created a set of Lesson Blueprints for teachers to examine and use as part of their work with students on data literacy..

The Lesson Blueprints provide ideas for teachers to identify, access and implement open data in the classes and to engage their students in the real world of data. The Blueprints are very practical, relevant and ‘hands on’ allowing teachers to consider the significant opportunities to explore the data we come across and use in everyday life.

The Lesson Blueprints are classified using binary code as this is how digital data is represented. They start from 0001 Who am I? and continue through to 1111: What does the future hold for us?

The topics relate to everyday actions and activities where digital date is important and how the data and its collection affects citizens, their rights and responsibilities.

Access the Lesson Blueprints 

Short course on disinformation

SMaRT-EU short course on disinformation available for all

The SMaRT-EU Project has the goal to create a Social Media Resilience Toolkit. SMaRT-EU is an intergenerational project providing tools, suggestions and resources to train young people, older people and also the intermediaries who work with them. The purpose is to inform and develop the intermediaries who work with these groups.disinformation graphic

A short blended learning course has been produced on misinformation, fake news, algorithms, pedagogic attitudes, etc. The course is freely available to all and for participants to take the course at their own pace. Participants can follow only part of the course or all of it– choosing the topics that are most valuable for them. The course also offers the possibility to quickly get access to some theoretical concepts and/or to dive deeper providing extra exercises and tools.

The course content relies on many of the outputs and lessons learned from the SMaRT-EU project, as well as the experience and knowledge of partner organisations; for example from the workshops and focus groups conducted with educators, youngsters and elderly people.

The course has 5 modules:

  • “Introduction” a brief description of the topics that will be covered in the course, how the course works.
  • “What is fake news and why do people believe it”, some theoretical concepts on fake news, and why people believe news that is not trustworthy.
  • “What is the role of social media”, the mechanisms behind search engines and social media platforms.
  • “Different approaches for different groups”, working with elderly people or youngsters or intergenerationally.
  • “Our own power and responsibility” emphasises that each and every one of us can have an impact and play a role in this story.

Follow the course – select Curriculum to start



Discussing data education with the International Open Data Charter

The coordinators of the D3 (Developing Data Literacy) Project, EUROGEO, became a signatory of the International Open Data Charter (ODC) in 2020.  The aim was to seek to promote the use of data in education and training and improve people’s understanding of the importance of open data to society.ODC logo

The International Open Data Charter has as a vision the aim to: establish a world in which governments collect, share, and use well-governed data, to respond effectively and accountably to our most pressing social, economic, and environmental challenges. Education is deemed to be an important aspect of its remit however to this date there have not been any initiatives from the ODC group to encourage education decision makers to encourage its use in teaching and learning, at school or in higher education.

Work done by the D3 project has also identified the lack of research in the field and examined the approaches and data tools available in the partner countries.

Karl Donert, the project coordinator, presented the work of the D3 and results of the previous YouthMetre project . View the presentation below.

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D3 presented at EUROGEO 2021

The D3 Project was disseminated at the EUROGEO 2021 Conference on April 23rd 2021.  Due to the Covid pandemic the conference was held online, hosted by UNEC, Madrid, the Spanish Open University.

The conference theme Sustainable Development Goals for all, where the SDGs seek to promote a multidimensional model of development capable of guaranteeing sustainability. This involves a complex process of political and economic discussion and environmental concern with different views, which must be addressed from all areas of society.

D3 was included as part of the presentation “Geo_projects and Innovation in Education”. You can follow the presentation here below.

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D3 Project Developing Open Data Teacher Training


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Partners in the Developing Digital Data Literacy are working on creating a teacher training course to connect school teaching, to the European Digital Competence Framework for Citizens (DigComp 2.1) and relating it to the Competence Framework for Educators (DigCompEdu).

Following the publication of a Comparative Review on the use of open data in school education , in July 2020,  and based on its findings and recommendations, a training course is being developed seeking to help secondary teachers implement digital data literacy opportunities in schools.

A wide range of freely available open data sources will be used in the training course,  such as the European Union Open Data Portal. The training course is expected to include the following modules – Being a Digital Citizen – Information and Data Literacy – Using Data for Communication and Collaboration – Digital Data Creation – Problem Solving with Digital Data  More information will follow soon.

D3 Project Publishes Comparative Review

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The first output of the D3 project has been published. It is a European review of digital data literacy opportunities in terms of school curricula, qualifications and availability of digital open data tools in secondary school. The report also addresses guidelines and a framework for inclusion of such data and related competences in secondary schools.

Both desk and field research were carried out, making  connections between the EU Digital Competence Framework (DigComp 2.0) and school curricula. The desk research included an analysis of available open data from National Ministries, legislative frameworks, as well as an identification of open data tools, digital data literacy and open data in the school environment, training courses, qualifications and curricula.

The field research involved interviews with secondary school teachers, to gather their opinions on the use of technology and open data in their school as well as their personal knowledge of informatics, the digital world and European initiatives in the field.

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D3 Project and the Open Data Charter

As a result of the research and work undertaken by the D3 project, the  European Association of Geographers identified the work being undertaken by the members of the International Open Data Charter.  The association has applied for membership and signed the Charter, campaigning for the collection and open use of data gathered by governments and businesses  The mission of the Charter is to make data open and freely available, while protecting the rights of people and communities.

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