This week I’m at the Data Literacy Conference in France. One of the reasons I’m super excited about this because it is a gathering of people I’ve been wanting to talk to for years! Although there are tons of conferences about data, they are few conferences focused on the literacy aspect, so I thank Fing for putting this together. Catherine D’Ignazio and I both presented a talk and workshop. You see can see our slides for our talk about Bridging the Gap Between Data Haves and Data Haven-Nots. It focused on describing how to help two audiences:
- We want to help those in power, the “Data-Haves”, learn how to present their data in more appropriate ways.
- We want to help those that don’t usually have power, the “Data Have-Nots”, build their capacity to use data to create change in the world around them.
Too often we focus on just the second goal, ignoring the needs of those that have the data.
We also ran a workshop for about 20 attendees, focused on how our DataBasic activities can help build data literacy in a variety of ways.
Overall the conference was a wonderful gathering of like-minded individuals. Catherine and live-blogged the plenary talks:
- Let’s Get Physical – Samuel Huron and Pauline Gourlet
- Building a Data Literate Future Today – Harshil Parikh
- School of Data – What is it? – Cédric Lumbion and Dirk Slater
- Reflections on Data Litearcy, Democracy and Development – Emmanuel Letouzé
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