For all our complaints, we are fortunate to live in highly literate, educated societies. When it comes to data literacy, though, it’s more like the Middle Ages—a time when only the elite few had access to the necessary skills and materials to learn to read.
However, as business users in the enterprise increasingly help themselves to powerful devices, apps, and data services, new forms of literacy are developing. We’re learning to navigate complex visualizations, to understand the tentative language of probability and prediction, and to browse ever greater volumes of data.
How can we help these newly data literate users in their work? What tools do they need? How can we provision data for their use? Moreover, how do we cope with the explosion of insight and the ensuing debates that literacy always brings to societies and organizations?
In this keynote, Donald Farmer will explore the uses of data literacy in the modern organization, as well as the accompanying potential, pitfalls, and unexpected implications.