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.
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.
This week check out the launch of the new Global Open Data Initiative, the pursuit for the release and use of open data in Latin America and thoughts on open data and democracy in Africa. A list of wrong assumptions about the use of big data for humanitarian relief is pointed out and you can have a look at some of the big data presentations at the recent Personal Democracy Forum held in New York.
This week data privacy fears abound, some Big Data myths are discussed and a Global Philanthropy Data Charter progresses. Students in San Francisco put big data to great use by mapping crime in San Francisco and a call for more empirical analysis of OGD initiatives goes out.
This week check out how big data tools from the Obama presidential campaign are now being repurposed for social good and there is also some insight into the potential and pitfalls of big data for humanitarian efforts. Examples of open government data reuse in US by private corporations and nonprofits is also highlighted and a webinar to help those that also want to use it is being hosted this month. Floodlight, an interesting data storytelling tool for communities is also featured.
If you are looking for some practical examples of how big data relates to you have a look at the data digest this week. Guidelines for publishing open data sets is also provided along with a lot of papers and research on the generation and use of data. There is also some interesting insight on the importance of mobile data.
Some big news this week as President Obama further commits to opening up government data by signing an Executive Order. ProPublica also launched Nonprofit Explorer based on IRS tax return data that was recently released and discussions revolve around the weaknesses of big data and the need to improve data privacy.