As media and technology are rapidly changing the quantity and quality of the information circulated in our daily lives, we all know intuitively that our practices and standards for dealing with these shifts has not caught up.
When Kuang Chen was conducting research in East Africa, he noticed that there was a strong appetite for data both from local organizations and donors. Yet, most data was trapped in paper files stuck in storerooms, with manual data entry as the only solution to releasing it. Wondering how the latest data technologies could be leveraged for the lowest resource organizations, Kuang created the software called “Shredder” that eventually became Captricity.
This question occupied minds of 15 Ivano-Frankivsk (Western Ukraine) activists, who took part in the 2-day workshop on April 3-4th. The training is part of the Initiative “Open Budget” implemented by UNDP and Internews in Ukraine. The participants were of different backgrounds, i.e. public activists, journalists, CSO workers and employees of state financial department.
On February 6, I attended a Fireside Chat with Jonathan Greenblatt, Special Assistant to the President and Director of the White House Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation in the Domestic Policy Council. The event was held at 1776 here in DC, a very cool incubator for social innovation startups.
In October 2011, DataKind (then called Data Without Borders) held its inaugural DataDive in New York City, where it brought together UN Global Pulse, The Microfinance Information Exchange Market (MIX Market), and the New York Civil Liberties Union with data scientists, hackers, and an assortment of other interested people, such as myself.
The Media Map Project began as a multifaceted two-year research collaboration between Internews and The World Bank Institute, funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. The pilot phase took place between 2010 and early 2012.