The Critical Data Literacy project builds on the work of academics, campaigners, and advocacy organisations working at the intersection of data and advocacy. Below is a collection of the resources that the project has drawn on.’s WTFcsv

DataBasic is a suite of easy-to-use web tools for beginners that introduce concepts of working with data. These simple tools make it easy to work with data in fun ways, so you can learn how to find great stories to tell.

The tools available at include wtfCSV, which helps with exploring what’s in a csv file. You can try out WTFcsv here.

The Open Data Institute eLearning

The Open Data institute offer two eLearning courses:

Open Data Essentials, which has been designed to enable you to discover what open data is and how it is changing everyone’s lives.

Finding Stories in Data, which looks at what data science and journalism can contribute to each other.

Visualising information for Advocacy

Visualising information for Advocacy explores how to influence issues using a combination of information, design, technologies and networks. Featuring more than 60 examples of visual information campaigns the book and website shows how they capture attention, present stories and take audiences on journeys through data.

The book is available at

School of Data

School of Data is a network of individuals and organisations empowering civil society organisations, journalists and citizens with skills they need to use data effectively.

All their courses are available for free online at

The Data Journalism Handbook

The Data Journalism Handbook is used by students, researchers and practitioners learning about the state of the ever-evolving field of data journalism.

The Data Journalism Handbook is available for download at


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