MFG Archive

BRIDGE Project: Progress Report

I’m glad to be prompted into writing, as I think we’ve been remiss about keeping people posted about the progress we have been able to make on BRIDGE, as well as any evolution of our thinking about what BRIDGE could be. I’m hoping that in this and future posts we might address some of the […]

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Building a Better BRIDGE: Open Infrastructure for the Social Sector

I’m surprised to be writing this piece. I’m surprised because a public-interest technology project led by Foundation Center, GlobalGiving, GuideStar, and TechSoup — and supported by luminary funders like the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation and the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation — doesn’t seem like it should be a source of concern. And yet the BRIDGE […]

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Lessons on Supporting Open Data Leadership

Open Data Institute has released a method report highlighting lessons on supporting public sector open data leaderships.

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Locking the Web Open

The Locking the Web Open summit is open to all those committed to participating in and helping to create what Lucy Bernholz calls “digital civil society.”

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#EarthDay2016: Monitor Air Quality With a Tweet

IndiaSpend is India’s first data journalism initiative that uses open data to analyze a range of issues in order to foster better accountability in government.

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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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