Data literacy for responsible decision-making

What is DataLit?

DataLit is an interdisciplinary collaboration between social science, law, and computer science that develops understandable and trustworthy practices for utilizing Finnish health, social, and welfare data. The collaborating partners include many national public data authorities and organisations.

DataLit creates tools for responsible and reliable uses of register data, including methods for creating anonymised synthetic data, trustworthy machine learning models and interactive tools for visualising data. Key ethical and legal concepts, such as privacy are analysed in different technical, social, and legal contexts. The project also explores how public authorities can employ data in socially sustainable ways. DataLit identifies challenges for data literacy and enhances the data literacy of citizens and decision-makers, and contributes to public debates about data governance.

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What is data literacy?

Good data governance requires both understanding of what data is and a grasp of the socio-legal-technical issues related to it – that is data literacy. Data literacy consists of understanding of how data is generated, processed, analysed, and presented, as well as the limitations of data. It is a foundation for practical skills to use data both in inference and argumentation and to evaluate its relevance. Data literacy enables ethical and evidence-based decision-making.


Our research project has started in the beginning of 2021. Here you can find the most recent news, posts and events.

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The research project is funded by the Strategic Research Council which is associated with the Academy of Finland



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