GitHub, Humanitarian Data Toolkit, big little data, PSI Directive & Millennials & Data #DataDigest

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This week learn about some cool data tools and find out about “big little data”. The EC is also asking for feedback on their Public Sector Information Directive and a short but great interview about Millennials & Data is featured.

Data Tools

Github, Object of Nerd Love, Makes Play for Non-Programmers

This post by Robinson Meyer in The Atlantic explains how recent updates by Github, which helps programmers keep track of different versions of code has made their offering more accessible to those who can’t code.  For example, by allowing people to render maps in git repositories and displaying tabular data, described in text, as tables he says Github can continue to evolve in a way that is of interest to non programmers possibly becoming the de facto home of data posted to the Internet.


Humanitarian Data Toolkit Provides Off-the-Shelf Solution to Assess Information Needs

To help humanitarian responders quickly gather, analyze, and act upon data during a crisis, a Humanitarian Data Toolkit, which is a physical box of tools with an easily reusable research design has recently been piloted. The toolkit was launched under a Lean Startup Model, and was created through collaboration with the Internews Center for Innovation and Learning, academic partner Modi Research Labs, Columbia University, and tech company Captricity. It includes equipment, software, a survey, training materials for interviewers, and an established research methodology for use in the midst of a crisis and for conducting information needs assessments. An open design competition is currently underway to find a simple to carry and assemble physical container for the toolkit for use in crisis locations.


Big Data

The Big Data Revolution and How Small Organizations Are Adapting

Here Ezekiel James discusses what he describes as the big misconception that small and medium size businesses (SMB) only produce small data. He says that while data produced in the SMB space is not as big as that of enterprises, it is still massive and smaller organizations should and will adapt accordingly. With this in mind he describes the concept of “big little data” also referred to as “micro Big Data.” which refers to data as visualized, analyzed, and used on the departmental level and for specific tasks and processes. He also examines the downside of Big Data for small business.


Data Consultation

Consultation on guidelines on recommended standard licences, datasets and charging for the re-use of public sector information

The EC is welcoming contributions from citizens and organisations that would like to re-use public sector information on the revision of its Public Sector Information (PSI) Directive, which is one of the key actions of the Digital Agenda for Europe. Once the consultation is closed, the European Commission will publish both the results and the reportfrom the consultation.


Millennials & Data

On Millennials & Data -An Interview with Nadira Hira

In this interview on the Markets for Good Blog, Nadira Hira sheds light on how Millennials are more interested about the impact of data on people than data in itself. She also says that digital natives have become less trustworthy even as more information is available and contextualised for them.  She also discusses the importance of their network in helping to build their trust in organisations and in assessing data on social impact. She also notes that the millennial generation welcomes good online presentation lack of attention to detail is seen as an indicator of inefficiency.