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Title:Data dashboards as infrastructures for data literacy
Author(s):Peer, Firaz Ahmed
Subject(s):Data infrastructures
Data literacy
Digital civics
Data dashboards
Civic data
Abstract:Community indicator data dashboards are a class of free, publicly accessible websites, usually built by city administrations or non-profits to help a community monitor or keep track of issues that are of common concern. Such dashboards typically contain data about a community's demographics, education, health, public safety, workforce, transportation etc. and are designed to be as intuitive and straightforward as possible, so their insights are accessible to novice as well as expert users. For certain communities though, this vision of data availability, access and analysis is hindered by numerous barriers which have led to widening the gap between the data have's and the have nots. A lack of data literacy is one such barrier that prevents certain underserved communities from participating in this data revolution. My research is concerned with taking an infrastructural approach to operationalizing a data literacy program for leaders within such communities, in a way that will reveal the various socio-technical factors that are critical to the creation, conceptualization and use of data dash-boards. Knowledge of these socio-technical factors will, I hope, lead to more critically informed use of the dashboard's data for advocacy and other civic purposes.
Issue Date:2019-03-15
Series/Report:iConference 2019 Proceedings
Genre:Conference Poster
Rights Information:Copyright 2019 Firaz Ahmed Peer
Date Available in IDEALS:2019-03-22

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