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What is data equity and why does it matter?

Data Equity is a set of principles and practices to guide anyone who works with data through every step of a data project.

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Data equity is a growing movement for more responsible data work, from analytics and data visualization to data science and machine learning to data-driven decision-making. To start with the basics: equity seeks to ensure fair treatment, equality of opportunity, and fairness in access to information and resources for all, according to the Ford Foundation. Data Equity is a set of principles and practices to guide anyone who works with data (especially data related to people) through every step of a data project through a lens of justice, equity, and inclusivity. And equity is not just an end goal, but also a framing for all data work from start to finish. As the authors of Data Feminism say, “equity is both an outcome and a process.”

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