In countries where infrastructure challenges create barriers to access and quality of healthcare, technologies commonly used in the developed world cannot be implemented as they are – they need to be reimagined to suit the needs of patients and health care professionals in these wholly different contexts.
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.
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.