This week the call for data measurement in the social sector heightens with the proposition of a Social Progress Index and ways that NGOs can use data maps to increase effectiveness are explained. The need for open data from NGOs is reiterated, while the way philanthropy has promoted the global Open Government Partnership is explained. 5 trending big data technologies are also identified.
This is my first blog post, so it’s only appropriate that there be some introduction. My name is Nick Bangia, and I’m the Technical Lead on the MSP Product Team, within the Community & Platform group at TechSoup Global. I’ve been in the software engineering profession since early 2008, evern since I earned my BS in Electrical & Computer Engineering at the University of Texas at Austin (Hook’em Horns!).
In this week's data digest read and listen to examples of data being used for social benefit in the developing 'big data global ecosystem' and find data resources for NGOs. Also featured is the need for NGOs to disclose how they utilise private data to maintain trust. Some advice is given on ways to help increase the use of open data by citizens and context is found to be key when analysing big data and making decisions based on it.
Would you give away personal data for social benefit? Read views on this, but also on the potential for open and big data to lie. Also featured is an update on the Reporting Commitment by a group of the largest foundations in the US and the launch of the European Commission's open data portal.
In this week's data round up there is some great insight on how mobile, cloud and big data strategies must connect. Find out what could be one of big data's blind spots as well as gain insight on how nonprofits can provide open data to increase impact and promote transparency. Also featured is some useful information on the latest data visualisation trends from a recent visual.ly meetup!
This week features some telling views on the use of big data for development as well as some perspective how how the social sector can better use data for social benefit. Also highlighted are controversial views on the future need for data scientists and Nominet Trust's Data Unity visualisation project is announced.
This week's data digest features discussions around arguments for making US nonprofit Form 990 data, open data, a workbook to help nonprofits create data driven strategies as well as some insight on open data business models. Also discussed is the importance of 'long data' while Bill Gates highlights the need for better impact measurement to solve global problems.