This week learn about ways Big Data is being used by nonprofits to help cities and read the World Economic Forum's take on Big Data. Also check out new nonprofit data APIs, the Open Aid Map and Big Data Week.
SumAll.org, the non-profit side of SumAll.com, a data firm that helps corporates with social media analytics has undertaken several social oriented projects. This includes analyzing human trafficking globally and partnering with the city of New York to help combat homelessness and prostitution. They are working with Clinton Foundation, to use big data and real-time data to help with prescription drug abuse risk detection. In addition, through partnering with HumanitarianTracker.org they are analysing data coming out of the Syrian crisis and have created a tool to document the crisis.
In this World Economic forum post Bahjat El-Darwiche and Walid Tohme explain why organizations must enable a decision-making culture which lets senior executives make decisions based on clear data insights, rather than instinct. He also asks that they recruit in-demand data scientists and encourage governments to provide an enabling regulatory system and ICT infrastructure for a data-friendly environment. He outlines 3 stages, which can help an organisation realise this. This post is written as the The World Economic Forum’s Global Information Technology Report 2014 was released. Part 1 of the report focuses on the Current Networked Readiness Landscape and Rewards and Risks of Big Data.
GuideStar has announced six new application programming interfaces (APIs), which provide new ways to access information about US nonprofits. These APIs provide speed, scalability, reliability, easier integration with a flexible pricing model. Users can choose from a variety of search and verification packages. The six new fully RESTful APIs offer Verification of Charity Legitimacy, Researching of Nonprofit Data and the Enhancement of Nonprofit Data.
The World Bank has launched the Open Aid Map an interactive, open source platform which publishes and visualises the sub-national locations of donor-financed projects. It allows anyone to see who is funding what and where within developing countries. It builds on earlier initiatives such as Mapping for Results, which geo-coded and mapped the locations of projects financed by the World Bank within countries and visualized this information alongside sub-national development indicators like poverty.
The 3rd edition of Big Data Week is being held from 5-11 May 2014 in over 30 cities. It brings together a global community of data scientists, data technologies, data visualisers and data businesses spanning six major commercial, financial, social and technological sectors to examine the social, political, technological and economic impacts of Data.