A knowledge-based society is built on a premise that citizens are able to recognize the value of information and make informed decisions on its identification, selection, utilization and production appropriate to their personal, academic and professional lives.
In other words, an information literate citizen possesses a set of learning skills which enables them to effectively cope with large amounts of information, from a variety of sources in different media formats and provides them with abilities to locate, understand, evaluate, utilize, and convey information, equipping them to learn and contribute throughout life.
Since its inception, NIDA has been working and continues to work with a significant number of partners around the world who have identified the strengthening of information literacy skills to be a high priority. This has included direct involvement in the EMPATIC (Empowering Autonomous Learning Through Information Competencies) project, with EMMILE (European Meeting on Media and Information Literacy Education), with GAPMIL (the Global Alliance for Partnerships on Media and Information Literacy and with ECIL (the European Conference on Information Literacy).
Since May 2016 NIDA has supported a new programme of activities with a specific focus on science literacy.