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Data literacy conceptions, community capabilities

Matthews, Paul



To delineate and describe the data literacy concept, a core set of data competencies are identified, and a further four varieties – each with a different focus of attention – are described. These are named research (an academic focus), classroom (a secondary educational focus), carpentry (a practical training focus) and inclusion (a community development focus). It is argued that the inclusion focus helps data literacy to be construed as a community capability. The capabilities approach enables us to see data literacy as conferring a holistic freedom to operate, where the technical gains only make sense within a framework of social functions and goals.


Matthews, P. (2016). Data literacy conceptions, community capabilities. Journal of Community Informatics, 12(3),

Journal Article Type Article
Acceptance Date Sep 27, 2016
Publication Date Oct 22, 2016
Deposit Date Dec 2, 2016
Journal The Journal of Community Informatics
Print ISSN 1712-4441
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 12
Issue 3
Keywords data, literacy, capabilities, skills, competencies
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