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Singapore to equip 1,500 govt officers with visual analytics skills by 2020

Nurdianah Md Nur | Oct. 9, 2017
Tableau and IMDA are also hosting a visual analytics competition to encourage the young to be more interested and skilled in the field.

GovTech and Tableau
Jacqueline Poh, Chief Executive, GovTech (left) signs the Memorandum of Intent (MOI) with JY Pook, Senior Vice President, Asia Pacific, Tableau (right) to equip public officers in Singapore with data science skills. Credit: Tableau.

At least 1,500 public officers in Singapore will soon be equipped with data skills, thanks to a partnership between the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech) and Tableau.

Over the next three years, government officers will be taught core skillsets and advanced techniques in visual analytics. They will gain access to a bespoke selection of content, learning resources, and subject matter experts from Tableau.

"As part of our digital government transformation, our aim is for more public officers to be able to understand and make use of data. We are thus glad to partner industry players, Tableau in this instance, to elevate the data analysis and visualisation skills of public officers, for them to find new and better ways in delivering Government services to the public," said Jacqueline Poh, chief executive, GovTech. 

JY Pook, senior vice president, Asia Pacific, Tableau, added: "Data is a strategic asset in all aspects of government and when presented clearly, it has enormous potential to improve mission critical outcomes. We are thrilled to be able to play a role in Singapore's mandate of digitalising the public sector, transforming its operations, and empowering its public officers with data skills."


Encouraging the young to be more interested in visual analytics

To spur more interest in visual analytics, Tableau and the Info-communications Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA) are hosting a NIC Face-Off Data competition.

Open to secondary school, junior colleges and institutes of higher learning (IHLs), the competition challenges students to create data-driven stories for the following theme: sports; science and environment; or city and culture.

To help participants with no technical background, Tableau offers two workshops which teaches students how to connect to data and visualise their queries without writing a single line of code. They will also learn how to create a dashboard from scratch and see how they can quickly analyse, visualise and share information.

In addition to that, participants are given access to online learning matterials including how to videos and live training from Tableau.

IMDA and Tableau recently announced the 10 final teams -- five from the School category and five from IHLs. They will now work on improving their entries based on the feedback judges before submitting their final entries for on 30 October 2017.

Results will be announced mid November and the first prize winners will walk away with S$5,000 worth of prizes and vouchers. Meanwhile, the second and third place winners will be awarded S$3,000 and S$1,500 worth of prizes and vouchers respectively.


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