Interpretation Gone Wrong
The Social, Cultural & Ethical Dimensions of “Big Data,” March 2014
6 Pages Posted: 18 Dec 2014 Last revised: 30 Dec 2014
Date Written: March 17, 2014
Just because data can be made more accessible to broader audiences does not mean that those people are equipped to interpret what they see. Limited topical knowledge, statistical skills, and contextual awareness can prompt people to read inferences into, be afraid of, and otherwise misinterpret the data they are given. As more data is made more available, what other structures and procedures need to be in place to help people interpret what's available?
Keywords: contextual awareness, big data, data analysis, transparency, data interpretation
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