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Open Data and Open Knowledge

Will data be the new oil of the 21st century?

Mobile phones and digital tools are offering incredible opportunity for developing countries to enter and shape digital economies. But how can we keep technology and development players from becoming extractive industries, so that people’s data becomes the new oil of the 21st century? 
 

Accountability, Affected Populations, and Open Data

In our conversations with humanitarian professionals about data and information sharing with affected populations, one of the most interesting themes of discussion has been accountability. This term, much like open data, is a buzzword for humanitarians.

The Difficulties and Drawbacks of Open Humanitarian Data

While it is undeniably true that the idea of open data is becoming better recognized and prominently pursued in parts of the humanitarian community, this belief is not universal nor without serious complications. Issues of data privacy, security, and the need to first 'do no harm' make humanitarian data sharing with affected populations that much more difficult.

Open Data and the Humanitarian Community: Where do affected populations fit in?

Open data is a buzzword, or more accurately a buzz-phrase, these days. In certain segments of the humanitarian community, there seems to exist an energy behind making data more openly and publicly available. Whether looking at UN OCHA’s impressive new HDX data-sharing site, the IATI registry, or a bevy of individual organizations’ online data portals, one could come to the conclusion that open data has fully arrived.

Open Knowledge and Data Festival: Data Journalism and Visualization session

Let us be honest: the Data Journalism and Visualization session at the Open Knowledge and Data Festival was aimed at an elite audience. The speakers were amazing and well prepared and the visualization tools were indeed incredible. All four panels seemed to have only two target audiences in mind, mainstream newsrooms and highly literate consumers. However the disappointing aspect of the entire session was the extreme focus on technology tools.

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