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Big Data LDN Digital: Tips and Tricks for Data Teams During Lockdown

The recent spread of COVID-19 has meant that work, for the majority of data professionals around the world, has changed beyond all recognition. The Big Data LDN Digital: Lockdown Special, is an hour-long broadcast aiming to provide ideas and information for people who work in data in these unprecedented times. Firstly we will be looking at Data Quality and the kind of projects you can undertake during the upcoming weeks of lockdown. Our second topic is skills; how to keep your data skills up to date during lockdown and how to access new talent during this time. Thirdly and finally we will be giving some pro-tips on team collaboration for data teams including which platforms to use, what enhanced features can make things easier and an extended Q&A section.

Jez Clark, CEO, Eden Smith
Susan Walsh, Founder, The Classification Guru
Dave Mailer, Director, 4C Strategies
Andy Steed, Content Director, Big Data LDN
Recorded Apr 9 2020 64 mins
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Jez Clark, Eden Smith | Susan Walsh, The Classification Guru | Dave Mailer, 4C Strategies | Andy Steed, Big Data LDN.
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