Browse Definitions :
Definition

data literacy

Data literacy is the ability to derive meaningful information from data, just as literacy in general is the ability to derive information from the written word.

The complexity of data analysis, especially in the context of big data, means that data literacy requires some knowledge of mathematics and statistics. To deal with that complexity, many organizations are hiring specialists called data scientists, who have advanced analytical skills. Some enterprises have also added a C-level employee, the Chief Data Officer (CDO), to ensure that the organization realizes the full value from its data. 

Nevertheless, because data is so crucial to a business' success, an increasing number of organizations demand some degree of data literacy from all employees. 

Data literacy skills include the following abilities: 

  • Knowing what data is appropriate to use for a particular purpose.
  • Interpreting data visualizations, such as graphs and charts.
  • Thinking critically about information yielded by data analysis.
  • Understanding data analytics tools and methods and when and where to use them.
  • Recognizing when data is being misrepresented or used misleadingly.
  • Communicating information about data to people lacking data literacy, an ability sometimes referred to as data storytelling.
This was last updated in July 2015

Continue Reading About data literacy

SearchCompliance
  • ISO 31000 Risk Management

    The ISO 31000 Risk Management framework is an international standard that provides businesses with guidelines and principles for ...

  • pure risk

    Pure risk refers to risks that are beyond human control and result in a loss or no loss with no possibility of financial gain.

  • risk reporting

    Risk reporting is a method of identifying risks tied to or potentially impacting an organization's business processes.

SearchSecurity
SearchHealthIT
SearchDisasterRecovery
  • What is risk mitigation?

    Risk mitigation is a strategy to prepare for and lessen the effects of threats faced by a business.

  • fault-tolerant

    Fault-tolerant technology is a capability of a computer system, electronic system or network to deliver uninterrupted service, ...

  • synchronous replication

    Synchronous replication is the process of copying data over a storage area network, local area network or wide area network so ...

SearchStorage
Close