GVU Center Brown Bag Seminar: DataWorks: Understanding Data Contexts and Developing Data Literacy Project Description
GVU Center Brown Bag SeminarDataWorks: Understanding Data Contexts and Developing Data Literacy Project Description
DataWorks: Understanding Data Contexts and Developing Data Literacy Project Description
Data has become embedded in all aspects of our lives, gathered and communicated to us in ways that could not have been imagined 10 years ago. While there was a time when data was considered impersonal, inert, and intangible, today we recognize that data is a reflection of the context in which it is collected, analyzed, and communicated. The DataWorks program is an entry-level job program that serves both as educational outreach for the College of Computing and a research platform. Outreach goals are to employee and train young people from disenfranchised neighborhoods as Data Wranglers, cleaning, formatting and preparing data for analysis, preparing them for more advanced careers in data. The research is focused on the context of community data and on the data literacy needed in the collection, wrangling, and communication of data within communities. Our particular focus is on the geographical and social context of data, and on the specific use of data for civic purposes. Thus, doing this data work is a potential path to increasing civic engagement and computational empowerment.