Understanding data: praxis and politics

Understanding data: praxis and politics

In this datafied society where we live, decisions taken by corporations and governments are increasingly data and algorithm-driven. Whilst data are often said to be ‘collected’ as if pre-existing, thus reflecting reality, the processes through which data are generated and communicated are neither neutral nor devoid of adverse effects. Richterich (2018) reminds us that data are socially constructed and embedded in their structures. Data are political. Therefore we need technical abilities and media literacies weaved into a critical approach to understand the socio-political and cultural mechanisms that affect individuals and groups that find themselves increasingly navigating data-driven system in their daily lives.

In this project, we have designed, developed and piloted an OER (open educational resource) to support educators in improving their critical data literacies. The OER provides educators with content and analytical tools to think about real-life situations that connect them with the most recent issues and research in the field.