Google embarks on data skills training in Nigeria


Search giant Google plans to help a select few Nigerian
journalists understand online data tools to assist them
with compiling their content. Taiwo Kola-Ogunlade,
communication and public affairs
manager, Google Anglophone West
Africa, has said that the journalists
are planned to attend an outreach
event, scheduled for June 4, which is planned to help train the media
workers. At the event, the journalists are
expected to undergo training on how to use Google fusion tables, forms and
spreadsheets, advanced search, maps and crowdsourcing
with social media. Ogunlade said the number of participants at the training
would be reduced to 50 attendees in a bid to ensure
easier access to resources and facilitators. “This means that after registration, there would be a
random short-listing phase where we cut down the
number of participants to 50,” said Ogunlade. “Secondly, because the training this time is a lot more
intense, attendees must attend all the three classes to
qualify for certification. The reason is that we want
everyone who attends to have a good grasp of the
tools,” he said. Ogunlade said the 2013 edition of the training is further
expected to include sessions with application software
developers who have worked closely with journalists at
various media houses.

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