International Year of Statistics.
Before you smirk, remember that Harvard Business Review called the Data Scientist "the sexiest job in the world" and that Gartner predicted Big Data will generate 4 million worldwide jobs by 2015.
I'm going to participate in this global event by signing up for a free Coursera class on Data Analysis using the R programming language! Jeff Leek at John Hopkins University will teach the online class starting on 2013 January 22nd.
The Coursera website says this is a first-year course and requires no investments other than three to five hours each of the eight weeks. It does help before the class to already have the open-source R software installed and have a basic familiarity of the statistical programming language.
See the Simply Statistics blog for more details on the International Year of Statistics.