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Resource: Public Interest Data Literacy
Georgia State University

Data Science & AI

May, 2023


Public Interest Data Literacy (PIDLit) at Georgia State University weds the skills of data literacy with the frameworks and tools of public interest technology

Below, find curricular resources created by PIT-UN Grantees Mandy Swygart-Hobaugh and Ashley Rockwell, which are open and available for anyone to use to advance data literacy for the public good.

About PIDLit at Georgia State University

Communities need people who are skilled in finding, evaluating and using data: thoughtful and well-prepared data experts who can evaluate and use data and data technologies to support the public interest. The PIDLit initiative prepares students to be those data experts, and has built institutional support by tying its work to GSU President M. Brian Blake’s Four Pillars

The PIDLit Lab at Georgia State offers resources, training and experiential courses for GSU students and faculty to become more data literate, and engage in community-based data projects. 

The Data Ready! Video Series covers core data literacy skills with real-life examples. The seven videos include modules on:

Data Samples, Populations & Representative Samples

Data Averages: Mean, Median, Mode

Algorithms, Black Boxes & Ethics

Correlation, Causation & Misleading Data

Misleading Data Visualizations

PIDLit’s Data in the ATL and Data Empowered Events series features local and global professionals and social justice advocates who use data analysis & visualization in their daily work and careers. Recent talks include:

Using Data to Address Evictions and Equity Theft

Data Literacy as a Tool for Social Justice

The Intersection of Data and Art

Overcoming Data Challenges in the Fight Against Homelessness


Up Next: PIDLit Lab Tackles Food Insecurity

With 2022 PIT-UN Challenge funding, the PIDLit Lab will launch “Tackling Food Insecurity” in fall, 2023. The experiential course will  connect students with local community partners from non-profit, public, and private sector organizations to apply data skills to address the real-world problem of food insecurity. 

Students from all majors are welcome to enroll, and will gain gain a deep understanding of food insecurity, collaborate with community-based organizations like Panther’s Pantry and ATLytiCS, learn data collection and analysis skills, and learn about careers in public interest data.

Click here to learn more and download the course flyer.

Georgia State Food Insecurity project
Courtesy of Georgia State University Office of the Provost

To learn more about PIDLit, visit their website and reach out to Mandy Swygart-HobaughAshley Rockwell, or Georgia State PIT-UN Designee Bryan Sinclair.