Data, Design and Development

By Roderick Besseling | Finding innovative solutions to complex development challenges will be essential, driving progress toward the Sustainable Development Goals and enabling billions of people to overcome hardship and reach their full potential.ds

Who's Ready for the GDPR? [Infographic]

The European Parliament passed the General Data Protection Rule (GDPR ) in April 2016. The law is one of the most sweeping privacy laws protecting …

Privacy
Big Data

Direct Relief Puts Spending Decisions into Donors’ Hands

SANTA BARBARA, Calif., Dec. 21, 2016 — With the launch of an online donation interface that lets donors allocate their money across Direct Relief’s …

10 big data science challenges facing humanitarian organizations

Big data refers to the astonishing amount of information that is created as a by-product of the growing digitization of our lives – our use of mobile …

Human Rights in the Digital Age: The Promises of Big Data and Technology (Part I)

<i>Editor’s note: This post forms part of a larger series addressing key issues related to human rights, technology & big data.</i><p>The world is only just …

What Exactly is Data Stewardship and Why Do You Need It?

What does your next data-driven project have to do with data stewardship?<p>Well actually a lot if you want to get the most out of your data. Many …

Ten steps for meaningful aid transparency

I’m back from holiday, so here is the promised second of a pair of posts reflecting on three years of working on aid transparency. In the first post …

World Humanitarian Data and Trends 2016

X Prevent and end conflict<p>Prevent and end conflict: This calls for political solutions, unity of purpose, and sustained leadership and investment in …

Data standard desk research: terms of reference

Corporate Structure & Beneficial Ownership Data Existing Standards Rapid Research This role has now been filled. For further opportunities to get …

7 Technology Trends That Will Dominate 2017

Personally, I’m amazed at the technology we have available to us. It’s astounding to have the power to retrieve almost any information and communicate in a thousand different ways using a device that fits in your pocket.<p>There’s always something new on the horizon, and we can’t help but wait and …

Machine Learning

SocialCops’ Ultimate Guide To Effective Data Collection

The development and policy spaces have seen the use of data to drive decision making and increase impact. Non-profit and government organisations are …

Analytics

Humanitarian efforts benefit from drones as ethical debate continues

On March 12 2016, children in Malawi look on amazed in the community demonstration of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs or drones) flying in Lilongwe. …

Explore the new humanitarian responses needed for an increasingly urban world.

It's time to think urban<p>The new humanitarian responses required in an increasingly urban world<p>Increasingly, humanitarians are responding to urban …

FACT SHEET: The Opportunity Project – Unleashing the power of open data to build stronger ladders of opportunity for all Americans

<i>“The reason I'm here really is to recruit all of you…how can we start coming up with new platforms, new ideas, new approaches across disciplines and</i> …

Drones

Urban Spatial

By Ken Steif<p><i>Source: NASA, Earth Observatory</i><p>This past August, 2016 was the hottest in 136 years according to NASA. In cities, this heat is absorbed by …

Professional development is key to advancing your career

Facebook tycoon Mark Zuckerberg elicited a few gasps a while back during a Q&A at Beijing’s Tsinghua University by switching to Chinese. The verdict …

#NGODigitalSpaces - Get your digital house in order to advance your mission and increase your credibility with donors

<i>(This is a sponsored post from Enset.ngo on PCDN)</i><p><b>It’s a crowded digital world for</b> <b>nonprofits and philanthropies</b> which is why it’s more important than …

Financing The SDG Data Needs: What Does It Cost?

<i>By Johannes Jütting (PARIS21) and Shaida Badiee (Open Data Watch) with research assistance from Koffi Zougbede (PARIS21) and Deirdre Appel (Open Data Watch)</i><p>With the adoption of the 2030 Agenda and the Sustainable Development Goals by Heads of States last fall in New York, the urgent practical …

Big Data

The IoT and Big Data: Making The Connection

The future of technology lies in data and its analysis. More objects and devices are now connected to the Internet, transmitting the information they gather back for analysis. The goal is to harness this data to learn about patterns and trends that can be used to make a positive impact on our …

Internet of Things

Is This the End of the Sunlight Foundation?

An early pioneer of open government faces a crisis of self-confidence.<p>For the nerdy champions of government transparency, there have been few years where the issue has seemed as weird—or as weirdly prominent—as in 2016.<p>Many of the year’s biggest stories revolve around how <i>public</i> public servants and …

Sunlight Foundation

Think Aid Connect

Looking to leapfrog the power grid, d.light raises $22 million for solar in emerging markets

The development of mobile payment platforms, increasing options for providing debt, and cheaper and better off-grid solar power systems are presenting countries around the world with a chance to leapfrog the archaic electricity infrastructure that defined the twentieth century.<p>Looking to take …

Renewable Energy

To Close the Gender Gap, We Have to Close the Data Gap

What does a typical evening look like in your house? If it’s anything like ours, someone will be reading a book that Amazon recommended, or scanning …

#commisaid | International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies

Migrants and refugees are not only in need of assistance in the form of shelter, food or health care. They are also in need of accurate, lifesaving …

3 Surprising Things That Big Data Reveals About HR

Big data in human resources (HR) is becoming more widely used for recruiting, hiring and retaining the best employees. Here are three reasons why …

Could bad buildings damage your mental health?

Research has shown city dwellers are more likely to suffer from anxiety and depression – but could individual buildings have a negative impact on wellbeing?<p>Screaming sirens, overcrowding, traffic; life in the city isn’t always relaxing.<p>These stressors aren’t simply inconvenient or irritating, …

Cities

What Is the Logical Conclusion for Citizen Feedback Systems?

I’ll confess, I’ve never been a huge fan of M&E. While I absolutely love the data and statistics and numbers and fascinating insights of a good …

3 Steps to Be a Data Minimalist: Collecting Less While Learning More

The “Data Minimalism – How to Collect Less and Learn More” session at the MERLtech conference taught us how to collect less data. More importantly, …

Learning