Few people in the data industry today are better qualified to opine on data literacy than Dave Wells.
He’s had a decades-long career with data, including TDWI education director for eight years, now the education director at eLearningCurve, and most recently an industry analyst with Eckerson Group. He and I developed and taught a TDWI course on data storytelling.
He has given data literacy and related issues more thought than almost anyone else I know. I asked him for his thoughts on it.
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I think data literacy has been a need starting with the introduction of self-service tools. But it hasn’t had much attention until recently.