MFG Archive

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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Civic Crowdsourcing 101

As President Obama takes to SXSW to encourage techies to join government, we need to ask not only how technology can improve democracy, but how democracy must shape civic technology.

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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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