What reading, activities and courses are useful to kick start my data literacy education??
When I get asked this question from an individual level, I tell people to start with the 2 C's of data literacy: curiosity and creativity. We need to be asking more and more questions around the world of data. Then, bring in the most powerful computer there is into the picture: our minds. By combining these elements, it allows the human element to be brought into the data element, helping with strong solutions.
Some of the e-learning modules offered through the Qlik Continuous Classroom are an excellent starting point!
One area to really understand is what to do with the data once you have it. Understandiung the nature of data is important, but if you then present it to people in the wrong way, it could lead to a misrepresentation of the data.
My favorite people to read on this topic is Edward Tufte and Stephen Few. The latest book that I am reading from Stephen Few is --
Signal: Understanding What Matters in a World of Noise
I really enjoyed reading some of the research from MIT related to data literacy education (in addition to the previously mentioned Qlik resources and items on the Data Literacy Project site).
Even if you're in business not strictly education, there are still some great lessons learned and take aways. D'Ignazio and Bhargava appear to be the primary writers of research in this space. Hope this helps! 🤩
I enjoyed Factfulness it helped reshape my perspective in approaching data.
I think it helps to draw inspiration from some of the experts at communicating data. Like kids who follow their favorite ballplayer, it gives you a sense of what is possible (if difficult to attain) and a sense of the components that need to come together to tell engaging data stories. Here's a collection of my favorite places to go to be inspired:
The New York Times’ interactives
The Washington Post
Google News Lab
The Guardian's interactives
The r/dataisbeautiful subreddit
Kantar's Information Is Beautiful Awards
Andy Kirk's Visualizing Data