Data Literacy - What is it and how can we make it happen?

  • Mark Frank University of Southampton
  • Johanna Walker University of Southampton
  • Judie Attard University of Bonn
  • Alan Tygel


With the advent of the Internet and particularly Open Data, data literacy (the ability of non-specialists to make use of data) is rapidly becoming an essential life skill comparable to other types of literacy. However, it is still poorly defined and there is much to learn about how best to increase data literacy both amongst children and adults. This issue addresses both the definition of data literacy and current efforts on increasing and sustaining it. A feature of the issue is the range of contributors. While there are important contributions from the UK, Canada and other Western countries, these are complemented by several papers from the Global South where there is an emphasis on grounding data literacy in context and relating it the issues and concerns of communities.

How to Cite
Frank, M., Walker, J., Attard, J., & Tygel, A. (2016). Data Literacy - What is it and how can we make it happen?. The Journal of Community Informatics, 12(3). Retrieved from