Is the use of data for development a conflict resource? Read views on data privacy and possible solutions this wek. There is also interesting insight into new ways of engaging in the open data world, an example of the use of big data tools in education and opinions on the applicability of US International Aid data releases to the African development needs.
In this week's data digest read about the ways that open data is being taken to offline communities, the introduction of Next.Data.Gov in the US and the UK government's ‘midata’ Innovation Lab. There is also news on the Millennium Development Goals (MDGs) Post-2015 Development Agenda's call for a ‘data revolution’ and discussion of the opportunities and challenges in using big data to understand Africa's informal economies.
The terms "open data" and "open government" have been thrown around in both rich-world and developing country contexts. In the US National Day of Civic Hacking came and gone June 1st, but what does it really look like in action? What sorts of approaches should one take in their communities to foster civic participation and social change? What sorts of outcomes can one expect? We got a glimpse of it when Steve Spiker (@spjika) from OpenOakland and the Urban Strategies Council spoke at a recent San Francisco Tech4Good event. Steve is pioneer in the civic hacking movement and was recently honored by the White House for his efforts.
This week have a look at the just completed Open Data for Africa platform and learn more about the brewing open data revolution in the MENA region. There is some great insight into the need for the Open Data movement to be more inclusive as well as explanations of why big data gathering should be more strategic.
A review of Open Data initiatives in Developing Countries is provided as well as some insight into how chiefs’ centres, religious institutions and the media including radio are key to getting information to citizens. The Open Government Partnership is inviting civil society organisations to a Pre Conference event and you organisations are encouraged to get involved in the 2013 Civic Data Challenge
This week's data digest features plans for an Open Data Directory and attempts to understand barriers to open government data. Some great examples of how open data is transforming journalism are also featured and thoughts on the need to build a distributed data supply chain is expressed.
Data can be integrated seamlessly into stories that benefit communities, presenters told nonprofits and journalists at a conference on June 21. The event demonstrated how one can tap into information sources about communities whose voices are often unheard.
Data Day 2013, held at Northeastern University in Boston, showcased how successful data-based stories engage people on an emotional level. Metropolitan Area Planning Council, Northeastern University’s School of Public Policy & Urban Affairs, and The Boston Foundation co-hosted the conference.