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  • David Crusoe Boys & Girls Clubs of America
Keywords: data literacy, big data, internet of things, education,


Data literacy is of fundamental importance in societies that emphasize extensive use of data for information and decision-making. Yet, prior definitions for data literacy fall short of addressing the myriad ways individuals are shepherds of, and subjects to, data. This article proposes a definition to accurately reflect the individual in society, including knowledge of what data are, how they are collected, analyzed, visualized and shared, and the understanding of how data are applied for benefit or detriment, within the cultural context of security and privacy. The article concludes by proposing opportunities, strengths, limitations and directions for future research.

Author Biography

David Crusoe, Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Director of Academic Success - Technology for The Boys & Girls Clubs of America and independent researcher.

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