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, big data industry experts, and career and technical educators to create pathways to data careers.

Key Activities

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


  • Since it was launched, Ocean Tracks has had over 120,000 users from across the globe. During the COVID-19 pandemic (looking at data from March 2020 to 2021), Ocean Tracks had more than 60,000 users. 
  • The Data Pathways Community of Practice has 43 members from 29 different colleges and community colleges that are in the process of building data courses and programs.
  • Over 10,000 visitors have accessed ODI’s Resources for Educators Using Data in the Classroom.
  • Tools for Building a Big Data Career Path has been downloaded 500 times.

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

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