Data training

Data-driven storytelling training for people working in the public and private sectors who need to communicate information in an effective and easy-to-understand way


  Why should you enroll?

One of a kind data storytelling short courses

At TrainUp, we are the only provider in South Africa of two-day data storytelling short courses that are open to the public.

Face to face training with small class sizes

Mindful integration of skills into daily workflows

Theoretical and practical application

Local relevance of practice datasets and data sources

Two main metropoles: Johannesburg and Cape Town

Free online learning support materials

With proven methodologies that are practiced and published!

The curriculum is developed from the pool of multidisciplinary knowledge of the OpenUp team, a team of post-corporate lecturers, data wranglers, developers, journalists, information architects and online media specialists, who work and innovate in this field on a daily basis. And data stories using these methodologies by the OpenUp team and alumni have appeared in the following South African publications:

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  Open learning

Get started with our Open Content

Besides our courses, we are proud to also offer open content that teaches you basic data literacy. We've carefully put together this content for those who want to become more comfortable obtaining, using, analysing, and presenting data. You are entirely free to use, share, and adapt it however you like, it's licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

The basic data literacy content is a work in progress which we'll add to as we finish new modules. Let us know if you want to be notified when a new module is available.

  Latest news

What's happening?

Learning how to use pivot tables is a milestone in your ability to wrangle data. It is a key tool for basic analysis of data. What happens if your data has already been pivoted and you want to unpivot? This brief tutorial shows you how using OpenRefine.

I continue to learn more about how to use OpenRefine in new and interesting ways. In this tutorial explain how to emulate the SQL grouping functions.

A non-technical solution for populating and duplicating application forms.

  We're published

Explore our data stories

A small selection of stories from the Data Journalism Academy and the OpenUp newsroom. We'll be updating this regularly with new and past publications.

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Frequently asked questions

Who are these courses for?

They are aimed at anyone who uses data to communicate insights to stakeholders. We have trained journalists, civil society organisations, and governments. If you're not sure if / how you can benefit from our courses don't hesitate to ask.

How much do they cost?

Our courses are R2,300 per person per day. A 50% deposit is required on registration, the balance being due before training commences. Registered non-profit organisations get a 10% discount. For large organisations interested in tailor-made courses, please get in touch.

When are your upcoming courses?

Our upcoming courses will be added to our event calendar, announced via our OpenUp social media accounts (Twitter, Facebook), on our TrainUp page as well as via email. If you would like to be notified via email, sign-up to join our mailing list.

Click here to check out our current training opportunities.

Where will training be facilitated?

Training venues for Open Intakes will be sourced in various major cities where greater interest is expressed. These venues will be communicated in advance via social, traditional media as well as on our web page.

How long are your courses?

Our courses run for between one and two days, depending on the required modules. If you want a course specifically tailored to your needs get in touch with us.

Are there any general course requirements?

Participants need access to their own laptop, an activated Google account, and access to the Google Chrome browser. More specific requirements can be found on the individual course pages.

Does OpenUp subsidise training and/or travel?

A 10% discount is available for NPOs on all courses. Travel subsidies are unfortunately not available.

Are your courses only around data?

Yes. More specifically, our courses are shaped around data processing for storytelling, which we believe to be the most effective way at conveying data-rich information.

How many people can attend a single course?

Our courses run for a minimum of 8 and a maximum of 15 learners. We require a minimum number of participants to be cost effective and a maximum to ensure we can dedicate enough time and attention to each participant.

What is the cost of internal organisational
training per course?

We compile modules for internal training for organisations based on a consultative process to ensure that we cover content suitable for the organisation's needs. We also provide the option to shape curriculum for internal training around an organisation's own data, to ensure the relevant skills transfer.

Why isn’t your training free?

TrainUp consists of two main endeavours:

Firstly, through our Codebridge grant we fund data literacy training for identified segments of the population i.e. youth, school children, or those who are unable to afford commercial training opportunities.

We are publishing tutorials and content on basic data literacy knowledge and skills, as well as open software usage, for free. Additionally, our material is shared with the School of Data, with whom we collaborate on curriculum development.

Secondly, TrainUp courses are facilitated at commercial rates as a profit stream that contributes to the sustainability of our organisation and in support of our other projects. Our TrainUp curriculum will equip learners with the skills our team has acquired through the practise and teaching of this material, as it relates to the Data Processing Pipeline.

Why data literacy?

An understanding of data and its potential is needed to make effective use of it. TrainUp aims to create storytellers who know how to use data effectively and empower society so they understand this data in order to drive social change.

Why storytelling?

Data by itself is dry, impersonal, and distant. Our experience with civil society organisations, governments, and news organisations has taught us the power of storytelling, and we believe it to be the best way to impart information. Our courses are designed to help you find and create compelling stories from data so you can most effectively communicate with your stakeholders.

Do you have more questions?

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Who we've taught

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