But what kinds of skills are needed in order to make sense of big data? What do community organisations need to know if they want to communicate in an engaging way? How can data become relevant and accessible for the social good? And how can these skills help them address the critical and ethical questions that relate to data?
Critical Data Literacy was a pilot research study funded by a University of Brighton Rising Stars (2017-18) and explored these questions through engagement with civil society. It sought to identify the necessary skills that will help citizens analyse, interpret data and tell stories that empower their communities.