Data Literacy

Data Literacy, a data literate person possesses the knowledge to gather, analyze, and graphically convey information and data to support decision making for quantitative and qualitative assessments and measurements (statistics).

Libraryland: Data Literacy consists of information literacy and data management.

Basic Skillset: Read and analyze data as an effective means of communication.

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Literary elites love to rep Shakespeare’s vocabulary: across his entire corpus, heuses 28,829 words, suggesting he knew over 100,000 words and arguably had the largest vocabulary, ever.

I decided to compare this data point against the most famous artists in hip hop. I used each artist’s first 35,000 lyrics. That way, prolific artists, such as Jay-Z, could be compared to newer artists, such as Drake.

-Matt Daniels

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This is what Hip Hop’s Billboard Top 10 Sounded Like, Back in 1995

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Data Maps most successful maps of the most successful labels in hip-hop from 1989 until now

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Jay Z or Nas, Tupac or Biggie: Spotify Data Reveals Who Really Won Hip-Hop’s Rivalries

View The Case for Reparations by Ta-Nehisi Coates

A qualitative research and written approach to data literacy. Two hundred fifty years of slavery. Ninety years of Jim Crow. Sixty years of separate but equal. Thirty-five years of racist housing policy. Until we reckon with our compounding moral debts, America will never be whole.


View the Chart of Demonstrations of 1416 Black Lives Matter Protests 

At least 1416 Black Lives Matter demonstrations have been held in the last 743 days


Data for Black Lives. Data as protest. Data as accountability. Data as collective action.

Data for Black Lives is a movement of activists, organizers, and mathematicians committed to the mission of using data science to create concrete and measurable change in the lives of Black people. Since the advent of computing, big data and algorithms have penetrated virtually every aspect of our social and economic lives. These new data systems have tremendous potential to empower communities of color. Tools like statistical modeling, data visualization, and crowd-sourcing, in the right hands, are powerful instruments for fighting bias, building progressive movements, and promoting civic engagement.

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Source: Rappers, sorted by the size of their vocabulary (no date). Available at: (Accessed: 31 July 2016).
Source: Schield, M. (2015) What is data literacy? Available at: (Accessed: 31 July 2016).
Source: Robinson, A. and Elephrame (2016) ‘At least 1416 black lives matter demonstrations have been held in the last 743 days’. Available at: (Accessed: 31 July 2016).
Source: Wells, K., Coates, T.-N., Graham, D.A., McAdams, D.P., Garber, M., Flanagan, C., Sims, D., Beck, J., Bogost, I., Beinart, P., Lacey, C., Ajaka, N., Lay, J. and Gritz, J.R. (2015) The case for reparations. Available at: (Accessed: 4 August 2016).

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