Category: From the Archive

Open Data Institute Method Report: Lessons on supporting public sector open data leadership

  As our open data movement continues to grow and shift, practitioners are emphasizing the importance of sharing; be it data, lessons, or best practices. By creating a collaborative environment for sharing and learning, we can collectively advance our efforts to use data for social good.   The Open Data Institute (ODI) continues to enhance […]

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Locking the Web Open

  On June 8 in San Francisco, passionate data geeks and web users like you and me are invited to help design the World Wide Web for the future. The “Locking the Web Open” summit taking place at the Internet Archive is open to activists, citizens, techies, thinkers, designers, and all those committed to participating […]

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#EarthDay2016: monitor the air quality you breathe, with a Tweet

  Right on theme with last week’s #EarthDay2016, Raheel Khursheed, head of news and government partnerships at Twitter, explained that Twitter and IndiaSpend are launching a #Breathe hashtag service to provide Indians with real-time information on air pollution levels based on their location. All of this is done through a tweet.     Users simply tweet […]

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The dirty little secret that data journalists aren’t telling you

  Jake Porway expressed in his piece “The Trials and Tribulations of Data Visualization for Good,” that, “data visualization without rigorous analysis is at best just rhetoric and, at worst, incredibly harmful.” Christopher Ingraham continues this discussion in his article, “The dirty little secret that data journalists aren’t telling you.”   In his examination of […]

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Case Study: PROSAS- A Brazilian Experience For Social Good Data

  In March of 2013, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation launched a global challenge called “Increasing Interoperability of Social Good Data.” The main goal was to improve the availability of diverse and qualified data about the social sector and to generate knowledge from different data islands.   By that time we had an idea sketched […]

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Website Seeks to Make Government Data Easier to View and Understand

  Contributors to the Markets For Good community have highlighted the importance of understanding data, and beyond simply understanding it, visualizing it and making it digestible.   Now Data USA, the brainchild of M.I.T. Media Lab with support from Deloitte, has opened the floodgates to years of federal government, state, and city data to the […]

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Modernizing The Marketplace For Governance Data

  Have you ever read an article in the Economist criticizing countries on their corruption levels and wondered what their sources were? The paper likely based its analysis on one or more of the assessment(s) the Governance Data Alliance concerns itself with.   Similar to Markets For Good, the Governance Data Alliance is a community […]

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Why Data Minimization Is An Important Concept In The Age of Big Data

  Data is a good thing, and as we know you can never have too much of a good thing, right? And as Bernard Marr asks in his recent piece, “bigger is always better, right?”   As big data continues to grow and become more easily accessible, Marr raises the point that bigger is not […]

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Civic Crowdsourcing 101

  Democracy, Institutional Design, and Technologies of Expertise   “Algorithms used to be what made computers run faster. Now they create social and economic systems.” Ashish Goel, Stanford University     Digital platforms to solicit input, sort ideas, rank opinions, find patterns, and “matchmake” skills are proliferating. When applied to democratic institutions, these tools are […]

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What 7,000 Patients Say

  As of this month, 7,000 patients have been funded on Watsi.   Some patients and their families wait years for healthcare. When they finally have the opportunity to receive treatment, what do they say? When a patient seeks care, a doctor interviews them and their family about the patient’s life, medical history, and expectations […]

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