In this issue the learn about the value of "thick data" vs "thin data" and the US government's "Lean Start Up Philosophy". The Foundation Center and OECD team up to make funding data available and 4 open data roles for government are highlighted while the US Senate approves the DATA Act.
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.
This week the revolutionary data driven philanthropy of the Laura and John Arnold Foundation is featured and a call for beneficiary inclusion in Markets for Good goes out. Data philanthropy efforts are reviewed and advice for writing about data is offered. The rational for "seeing data as a state" rather than a donor in Africa to help answer policymakers questions is also explained.
This week features a lot of news about data for social benefit, as data starts taking centre stage in philanthropic efforts. Also of interest was a review of data trends for this 2013 and beyond based a report done by Gartner, which notes that on-the-go big data accessed via mobile and tablets and real-time analytics will increase.
Today data and technology services have become intertwined! At TechSoup I have been doing research on current data related projects, initiatives, reports and news as we work to help familiarise and support the not-for-profit sector in the increasingly data driven world. I'll be blogging about my top 5 posts, articles, or reports starting today so look out for a new post each week!