Data Literacy – What is it and how can we make it happen?

Introduction by Mark Frank, Johanna Walker, Judie Attard, Alan Tygel of Special Issue on Data Literacy of The Journal of Community Informatics: “With the advent of the Internet and particularly Open Data, data literacy (the ability of non-specialists to make use of data) is rapidly becoming an essential life skill comparable to other types of literacy. However, it is still poorly defined and there is much to learn about how best to increase data literacy both amongst children and adults. This issue addresses both the definition of data literacy and current efforts on increasing and sustaining it. A feature of the issue is the range of contributors. While there are important contributions from the UK, Canada and other Western countries, these are complemented by several papers from the Global South where there is an emphasis on grounding data literacy in context and relating it the issues and concerns of communities. (Full Text: PDF)

See also:

Creating an Understanding of Data Literacy for a Data-driven Society by Annika Wolff, Daniel Gooch, Jose J. Cavero Montaner, Umar Rashid, Gerd Kortuem

Data Literacy defined pro populo: To read this article, please provide a little information by David Crusoe

Data literacy conceptions, community capabilities by Paul Matthews

Urban Data in the primary classroom: bringing data literacy to the UK curriculum by Annika Wolff, Jose J Cavero Montaner, Gerd Kortuem

Contributions of Paulo Freire for a Critical Data Literacy: a Popular Education Approach by Alan Freihof Tygel, Rosana Kirsch

DataBasic: Design Principles, Tools and Activities for Data Literacy Learners by Catherine D’Ignazio, Rahul Bhargava

Perceptions of ICT use in rural Brazil: Factors that impact appropriation among marginalized communities by Paola Prado, J. Alejandro Tirado-Alcaraz, Mauro Araújo Câmara

Graphical Perception of Value Distributions: An Evaluation of Non-Expert Viewers’ Data Literacy by Arkaitz Zubiaga, Brian Mac Namee