Open Data Helps Farmers & The Case for Small Data is Raised - #DataDigest

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This week we feature some examples of how open data is being used to help farmers as the G8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture kicks off today. Small data rather than big data is emphasized and reasons are given for INGOs failure to become IATI compliant. Examples of how open government data is being used for public benefit in cities across the USA is showcased and the case for opening up US nonprofit data expands.

Open Data Applied
Open Data + Agriculture Can Transform How Farmers Respond to Looming Crises
On the eve of the G8 International Conference on Open Data for Agriculture taking place today, this World Bank post explores how open data when combined with agricultural knowledge, remote sensing, and mapping can provide vital support to farmers. One example given referred to how open data helped to prevent the devastating impact of banana bacterial wilt across Uganda's banana plantations using the Ureport system, which connects a network of 190,000+ volunteers that use mobile technology for reporting.

Small Data
Forget big data, small data is the real revolution
In this Guardian article Rufus Pollock, of the Open Knowledge Foundation, highlights the importance of small data in the midst of big data hype. He says we need to focus on democratisation access, storage and processing of data by increasing the number of people that use it. A distributed ecosystem of small data is advocated.

Open Government Data
Expanding the case for open 990 data
In this post Lucy Bernholz talks about why the USA should follow the Canadian example and open nonprofit data. She also points to The Sunlight Foundation’s thoughts on the importance of open data for innovation, decreasing regulatory burden, fraud identification and prevention as well as transparency.

Cities and data: By the numbers
In this Economist post the author talks about how cities like San Francisco, New York, Philadelphia, Boston and Chicago are sharing open data to improve the delivery of public services. For example, New York and Chicago are bringing together data from their respective departments to improve real-time decision-making.

Aid Data
Glass Houses… INGOs and Walking the Talk on IATI
In this post Linda Raftree, explores some of the reasoning behind International NGOs (INGOs) failing to sign up for the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). Some of the issues cited include the cost of maximum disclosure, its voluntary nature, privacy concerns and security risks.  She however encourages INGOs to use the IATI resources available to help with compliance. Accompanying data with better information about goals, methodologies and approaches as well as the sharing of failures is also deemed important.