• Chelsea Wilkinson

Data literacy. What is it?

Tomorrow, DataDiligence's Adam Votava will be a keynote speaker at Panintelligence’s webinar Embedding Data Literacy: how technology builds data driven cultures.


In true style, Adam will be tackling the topic head on by posing the question:

IS POOR DATA LITERACY THE SYMPTOM OR CAUSE OF FAILED DATA PROJECTS?

While preparing his presentation, we’ve read several fascinating papers by leading data academics, consultants, and chief data officers (CDOs).


So last week’s study: The Journey to CDO, by Exasol, really caught our attention. Amongst a number of pertinent questions, they asked how many of their CDO respondents faced poor data literacy in their organisations? And cut the results into three key regions:


🇩🇪 Germany – 20%

🇬🇧 UK – 39%

🇺🇸 USA – 45%


I must say that, regrettably, both Adam and I concur with their findings and found the geographic split intriguing (more on than another time!).


Exasol’s findings also echo a 2018 Gartner survey which found that 35% of CDOs stated poor data literacy as among the top 3 internal roadblocks to success for the office of the CDO.


But WHAT IS DATA LITERACY?


  • The ability to read, write, and speak data in a business context?

  • The ability to think in data terms?

  • The ability to read charts and throw numbers around in a meeting?

  • The ability to use data to drive business outcomes?


Adam will be asking this very question to participants of PanIntelligence’s webinar tomorrow (sign up now if you haven’t already!).


And, do you think data literacy is the cause or symptom of failed data projects?


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This article was first published on LinkedIn https://www.linkedin.com/posts/chelsea-wilkinson-35527079_data-datascience-ai-activity-6848878116870332417-loke


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