Data Literacy and Why it Matters

Also found this video, which records my opening remarks for Quantified Health Public Health Symposium. Embarrassingly, I seem to be wearing the exact same sweater as the Tracking Food talk (perhaps it’s my talk-giving sweater? My neutral, it’s sort of dressy but still on the West Coast sweater?)

Perhaps more importantly, here I’m trying to think through what “data literacy” might mean, and the kind of trouble we might find ourselves in if we presume it to be straightforward STEM-as-usual. I argued that a widespread data literacy will–and should–make it possible for more people to ask the kinds of questions that make experts uncomfortable, and that getting good at being uncomfortable is perhaps the best thing we “experts” can do to increase access to data.

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~ by dnafus on January 25, 2016.

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