The State of Nonprofit Data, Disaster Response, Data Privacy #DataDigest

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I've summarise 5 diverse data related news items making headlines this past week! Read about U.S. Open government plans and recent European Parliament data privacy reviews. Also featured is a report on how nonprofits use data and views on the use of big data for resilient disaster response.

Open Government Data
White House to mandate machine-readable open data
The White House is expected to issue a new policy which will increase the release of open government data by federal agencies. It also hopes to make new data created by the government open and machine readable by default. In line with this the site will be upgraded to make it easier to add new content based on developers feedback.  

Nonprofit Data
The State of Nonprofit Data
NTEN has released a report prepared in collaboration with Idealware, that is based on findings from an April 2012 survey on the relationship that nonprofits have with their data. The report found that most nonprofits were either doing a lot with their data or not much at all. It identifies some of the barriers that nonprofits face  with data collection and integration and outlines some of the ways that they are using their data. The survey also found that the way most nonprofits currently use data does not always reflect the way they would like to use it.

Big Data and Disaster Response
How to Create Resilience Through Big Data
In this post Patrick Meir provides an overview of an upcoming presentation on big data for resilience and solicits feedback.  He describes how ICTs, social media and Big Data play an important role in adapting and maximising resilience to disasters. Big Data mitigates the effects of disasters and improve disaster preparedness, especially because of its predictive nature and use in anomaly detection. The feedback loop encouraged with Big Data is also identified as critical for more resilient societies. Disaster-affected communities are increasingly becoming the source of Big (Crisis) Data during and following major disasters.

Data Privacy
European Parliament Draft Reports Back EC’s Data Protection Reform — Reinforcing The ‘Right To Be Forgotten
The European Parliament has issued two draft reports on the reform of European data protection rules, proposed by the European Commission year. They express the need for “a high level of protection for all data processing activities in the European Union to ensure more legal certainty, clarity and consistency”. It aims to integrate the 27 different national data protection laws in the EU and increase trust in online services by strengthening online privacy. The reports can be found here and here.

Big Data and Global Trends
Global Trends 2030 - Living Through a Transformative Period
In this publication by the National Intelligence Council, 4 trends expected to shape global socio-economic and military developments and community actions by 2030 are identified. These include: individual empowerment; the diffusion of power; demographic patterns; and the growing nexus among food, water, energy and climate change. As big data processing power and storage capability improves and becomes cheaper it notes that big data, will help policymakers address difficult problems, enable more intuitive and humanlike interaction with computers, increase access and use of information, and improve the accuracy of predictive models.


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