Category Archives: Data Literacy: Big Picture

Overarching ideas about the flow of information from data to knowledge and wider needs and goals of building data literacy.

A Central Dogma for Data

In biology, the Central Dogma describes the fundamental process by which molecular information coded in DNA in the nucleus of a cell is transcribed, translated, and transferred to the cytoplasm, where it is used to instruct the synthesis of proteins. Proteins then carry out functions throughout the body such as transport, regulation, storage, structure, communication, metabolism, repair, and other actions that keep us alive and healthy.  That sounds a lot like what happens when someone analyzes and interprets a collection of data and reports findings to peers or a community, who then follow through with informed action.  

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