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Understanding citizens data literacy - Report launch

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University of Liverpool in London

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We are delighted to invite you for the launch of our survey findings: "Understanding citizens data literacy: thinking, doing & participating

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We are delighted to invite you for the launch of our survey findings: "Understanding citizens data literacy: thinking, doing & participating with our data". The report is based on a nationally representative survey of UK citizen data literacy carried out by ‘Me and My Big Data’ in 2019. ‘Me and My Big Data’ is a Nuffield Foundation funded collaborative research project between the University of Liverpool, Glasgow University, Hallam University, which seeks to understand the levels of and variations in UK citizens data literacy, and to develop policy and educational materials to support improving this. The survey was drafted and analysed by: Professor Simeon Yates, Dr. Elinor Carmi, Dr. Alicja Pawluczuk, Professor Bridgette Wessels, Dr. Eleanor Lockley and Dr. Justine Gangneux.

The aim of our project is to provide new insights into UK citizens’ demographic and their relation to data skills (security measures, verification of data, trust in online sources) and understanding of the use of their data. We analyse these insights through the new theoretical framework we have developed called ‘Data Citizenship’. This framework was crafted following a broad literature analysis, which identified the current gaps in theorising digital literacy in the age of disinformation. The ‘Data Citizenship’ framework focuses on three conceptual areas:

  1. Data Thinking - citizens’ critical understanding of data.
  2. Data Doing - citizens’ everyday engagements with data.
  3. Data Participation - citizens’ proactive engagement with data and their networks of literacy).

We explore each concept through the questions in the survey and propose that ‘Data Citizenship’ provides digital inclusion researchers, policy makers and practitioners with a useful and flexible framework to examine skills and critical thinking required due to digital transformation.

Where: Seminar Room 13, 33 Finsbury Square, Finsbury, London EC2A 1AG.

When: Friday, 28th February 2020, 2-4pm.

For questions and inquiries please contact Dr. Elinor Carmi - Elinor.Carmi@liverpool.ac.uk

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