Jargon Busting


  • Flipchart paper
  • Pens
  • Sticky notes
  • Internet (optional)


  • Icebreaker
  • Finding confidence level
  • Explain terms, phrases, and concepts associated with data
  • Compare knowledge of these terms, phrases, and concepts
  • Differentiate between these terms, phrases, and concepts


We will be separating into groups of 5-6 per table.

Part A: 15 minutes

Taking the following set of terms and work together to explain what each one means. Try to only spend 1 minute on each and don't worry about covering them all. Make a note of those your group resolves and those you are still struggling with.

Use flipchart paper to write down each term, with thoughts on the definition around each one.

Terms Terms Terms
Dataset Pivot table Data science
Formula Average Algorithm
Big data Regular expression Data protection
Open data Aggregation Anonymisation

B: Feedback 10 mins

Report back on a single term discussed by your group.

Key points

  • It helps to share what you know and don’t know about data, and data science jargon.

Source Material

Library Carpentry Data Intro for Librarians

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