Nonprofit Data Open Ups, Data Accelerates Social Impact and Drives Humanitarianism #DataDigest

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This week nonprofit data takes centre stage as  Google adds nonprofit data to their knowledge graph, while the US FY2014 budget proposes nonprofit e filings and the opening up of nonprofit data. Big Data discussions were 'Up for Debate' at the recent Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship, while ethical guidelines to help avoid prvivacy violations are outlined. In addition, the OCHR report on 'Humanitarianism in the Network Age' provides an indepth study of the way in which data driven technology is revolutionising the way we and humanitarian organisations help each other.

Nonprofit Data
Google Adds Non-Profit Information To Knowledge Graph, Gives Them A Boost With Google+ Follow Buttons
Google’s Knowledge Graph, which was launched last year will now be filled with information about nonprofits, in a bid to help the public find those they want to review and potentially donate to. Information on the right side of the search results highlight the financials, cause, and recent Google+ posts of nonprofits. They also provide information about related nonprofits and intend to continue providing more nonprofit information.

News: President’s FY2014 Budget Proposes Improving Reporting Requirements For Nonprofits
The 2014 US Government budget proposal has proposed phasing in electronic filing of nonprofit Form 990 data as well as making such data available as open data by releasing it in a machine-readable format in a timely manner. This announcement came just after an unparalleled release of nonprofit financial data by the IRS to the public.

Big Data Applied
Up For Debate - How Can Big Data Have a Social Impact?
The Skoll World Forum on Social Entrepreneurship partnered with the HBR-The Bridgespan Group Insight Center on Scaling Social Impact to discuss possible opportunities for harnessing big data for good. This set the stage for a larger discussion on the topic at the 2013 Skoll World Forum which concluded last week by highlighting the views of host of knowledgeable speakers on the many ways that big data can scale social impact.

Big Data will have a big impact on society, but what will be the impact of society on big data?
In this post Mark van Rijmenam highlights the increase in the implementation of big data strategies while pointing out that most organisations still do not understand what it is. In addition, he points out that companies will have to address consumer privacy issues to avoid punitive measures not only by government and regulators but also by demanding consumers. He proposes four ethical guidelines organisations can follow to avoid privacy violations. 

Data and Humanitarianism
Humanitarianism in the Network Age: Groundbreaking Study
In this post Patrick Meir provides a summary and consequent commentary of the recent and telling UN OCHA study on Humanitarianism in the Network Age. He talks about the way that the use of data driven technologies has created bottom up rather than top down humanitarian processes. Digital data has enabled a type of global nervous system, which enables more accurate and relevant response in times of crisis. In addition, communities are using technology to help mobilize social networks much more quickly than humanitarian organisations can. However, more data may not always mean more action for these organisations because their decision-making structures need to be designed in a way that facilitates the use of the data being made available.