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There are various definitions of "data literacy" -- those below capture the essence of its meaning:
- Qlik of the Data Literacy Project describes data literacy as "the ability to read, work with, analyze, and argue with data."
- Tableau defines data literacy as "the ability to explore, understand, and communicate with data."
- Carlson et al. (2011) take the definition a step further by stressing that being data literate also means being a *critical consumer* of data/statistics, noting that "data literacy involves understanding what data mean, including how to read charts appropriately, draw correct conclusions from data, and recognize when data are being used in misleading or inappropriate ways."
Data skills are highly valued by today's employers -- "the most lucrative skill[s] to have" and "the most valuable skill[s] you can learn." By attending live workshops or recorded workshops and earning GSU Data Ready! Badges, you demonstrate to current or potential employers, or graduate schools to which you are applying, or professional colleagues that you are committed to growing the data skills that they value. Similarly, the data literacy knowledge and skills you acquire map to various College-to-Career (CTC) Competency Skills that employers value (see below). In short: data literacy skills can help you get a job.