Building Global Interest in Data Literacy: A Dialogue

ODI and IBM teamed up for a three-day workshop, October 4-6, 2015, which convened a panel of 12 professionals from both data-intensive industries and K-16 education. The workshop resulted in several products, including:

  • defining what it means to be data literate;
  • a signed Proclamation of the Need for Data Literacy and Call for Action, endorsed by the panel of experts; and
  • workshop report

Defining What It Means to be Data Literate
The data literate individual understands, explains and documents the utility and limitations of data by becoming a critical consumer of data, controlling his/her personal data trail, finding meaning and taking action based on data. S/he can identify, collect, evaluate, analyze, interpret, present and protect data.

Call for Action
Do you believe that data literacy should be integrated throughout K-16 education? Sign our petition to promote data literacy

Workshop Report
This report captures the takeaways from the 3-day workshop, Building Global Interest in Data Literacy: A Dialogue, providing new insights into the nature of data literacy in today’s big data society, envisioning what the data-literate person does, and delving into the meaning of analytical thinking and how we might teach this in K–16 classrooms.


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