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Data Privacy

The “right to be forgotten” – a threat to Transparency and Open Data?

The European Court Justice (ECJ) issued its preliminary ruling in the case of Google Spain SL, Google Inc. vs Agencia Española de Protección de Datos, Mario Costeja González which reinforced that the Data Protection Directive 95/46 affords individuals a "right to be forgotten" in certain circumstances that applies regardless of whether any undue prejudice can be shown. Preliminary rulings of the ECJ are legally binding and cannot be appealed. The Ruling must be applied by the Spanish national court in the underlying proceedings. In this Open Knowledge Foundation blog post Rufus Pollock discusses how this ruling may affect how privacy, transparency, and open data interact.


Data and Philanthropy

A framework to communicate philanthropy

The Foundation Center is currently undertaking the challenge of devising a language that can be used by philanthropic organizations around the world to tell the important story of their work. They are building on the National Taxonomy of Exempt Entities structure that they helped to create 30 years ago. The past 18 months has been spent evaluating codes, mining text of almost nearly 5 million grants and 1 million philanthropic institutions in our database, and cross-referencing that information against other international standards to inform the creation of a revised taxonomic system. The goal is to develop a framework that meets the needs of the majority of the sector and can serve as the language that organizations use to communicate their work to each other with set terms and definitions.


Open Data

States and Open Data: From Museum to Marketplace - What's Next

In this report NASCIO takes a look at what has occurred across American states in open data across state and local government since 2009. The report finds that they have been partnering with industry to create innovative capabilities in delivering data to consumers (citizens, business, non-profit organization and government). It also gives recommendations for continuing to advance state government open data initiatives.


Data Analytics

How big data population analytics will shape the way we build, plan and manage

The United Nations estimates that by 2024 the world population will reach 8 billion and that by 2030, 60 per cent of us will live in a city. This post looks at the way that leaders are exploring how population analytics, for which mobile technology will be key can help with people management issues. However, mobile operators don’t have the expertise to accurately interpret large amounts of data from multiple sources and it is difficult to enable the level of detail needed to build accurate models of dynamic populations.


Big Data

The state of big data in 2014 (chart)

In this Venture Beat post Matt Turck of FirstMark Capital gives his thoughts on the big data ecosystem using a revised chart which illustrates the general big data market from a Venture Capitalist perspective. He says that the space is getting crowded and that the big data hype is finally catching up with reality. Also while Hadoop seems to be at the heart of the ecosystem he says that there are still competing distributions. Analytic tools are increasingly being provided while the development of applications has been slow yet steadily increasing in various industries.