Data Justice Lab publishes guidebook on data literacy tools

The Data Justice Lab has published a guidebook of data literacy tools for advancing data justice. You can download it here as pdf file. Assembled and analysed by the Lab’s Jess Brand and Ina Sander, the document provides an overview of different types of tools that are publicly available. The purpose of these tools – and of this guidebook – is to educate citizens about datafication and its social consequences, by explaining relevant topics in an engaging way and by facilitating active participation in datafied society.

14 tools were reviewed for the guidebook and organised in six categories, defined in terms of how they educate or engage citizens: through workshops, interactive learning, investigations, using data for participation, quick practical and longer in-depth guides.

While a large number of fascinating data literacy tools are available online, few of them are widely known and used. This guidebook will hopefully increase their visibility as well as allowing citizens, teachers, community activists, etc. to find the kind of tool that helps them in their own understanding of datafication as well as their work with others.

However this guidebook only includes a selection of tools. Other tools exist and are worth exploring, and they might be included in future iterations of this guidebook.

The guidebook was created as part of the Lab’s current research project Towards Democratic Auditing: Civic Participation in the Scoring Society.

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