What is data literacy?
In general, the concept of literacy included reading and writing
and perhaps counting (basic arithmetic).
Using this concept, data literacy could mean the ability to read
data and to read data from a database means basic SQL queries or
intermediate spreadsheet (Excel) proficiency probably both.
I think that sometimes data literacy is used as a synonym for
data competence, in this case, the explanation is more complex
since the level of competence must be different depending on the
role and level;
Let me use mathematics as a metaphor to explain the "Data
Competency". we all need arithmetic literacy (addition,
subtraction, multiplication, and division perhaps also percentage).
At the next level, maybe we need algebra and geometry and,
depending on our profession, trigonometry, vector analysis, and
finally we need calculus and perhaps everyone should now know the
basics of logic, etc.
Unfortunately, there is no good definition of data
An important question is at what level you should have your
knowledge of Relational Databases, Datawarehouse, Data Integration
(ETL, Data Pipelines), NoSQL, Data Modeling, Data Governance, Data
Architecture, etc. In fact, some of these themes overlap.
If we want to establish an efficient educational system to
achieve different levels of data competence; we need to define the
different levels of competence and then define what the necessary
skills at each level are.
Unfortunately, there is no standard curriculum for Data
professionals at different levels and in different roles. Each
college or university or professional associations, TDWI, IIBA, etc
have their own.