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Fake News, Misinformation and Disinformation: Data Literacy

What is Data Literacy & Why is it Important?

“Data literacy is a term used to describe an individual’s ability to read, understand, and utilize data in different ways. It doesn’t require an individual to be an expert—as a data scientist or analyst might be considered—but rather, to show an understanding of basic concepts, such as:

  • Different types of data
  • Common data sources
  • Types of analysis
  • Data hygiene
  • Tools, techniques, & frameworks

Data literacy can help non-data professionals read and understand data and use it to inform their decision-making. As such, data literacy is increasingly important not just for executive leadership, but for managers and employees who want to increase the value they bring to their organization.”


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This project and the eBook collections noted in this guide were made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services- American Rescue Plan Act Grant: G14524.

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