"Moneyball" Fundraising, Data Maintenance, Open Data, Big Data Report #DataDigest

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In this week's data digest, 4 uses of open data are explained and insights are given on how the "Moneyball" phenonmenon links to fundraising. The White House's Big data report is also reviewed and the importance of data maintainance is emphasised.

Open Data Applied

Top 4 ways to make use of Open Data

In this post Graeme Stewart explains what questions organisations should ask before deciding to release data such as What data is useful in the first place? and How should it be made available?  He also emphasises the importance of protecting data and making it useable by integrating people, processes and infrastructure and educating users in how to access, make use of and store data in a responsible manner.

Data and Philanthropy

Fundraisers Reap Millions by Using Data 'Gold Mine’

In Philanthropy.com Nicole Wallace explains the way the “Moneyball” phenomenon has come to fundraising. Examples of organisations that have used data analytics to help build useful, statistical pictures of donors and focus fundraising efforts are given. For instance, a postal appeal asking for estate gifts that Johns Hopkins University sent to supporters chosen based on its analysis of past planned-gift donors brought in $4.7 million in commitments.  However, they warn that organizations using predictive models should ensure data is “a voice at the table.” rather than the sole basis for decision-making.

Data And Maintenance – Maybe Not Glamorous, But Definitely Vital

Matthew Hann of Riders for Health a social enterprise, which works in seven countries in Africa to manage and maintain vehicles and fleets that carry healthcare to remote rural communities. In this Markets for Goods post he explains how they are using output, outcomes and impact data to transform healthcare for 14 million people.

Big Data Reports

Digital data further blurs boundaries between sectors

In this post Lucy Bernholz evaluates the lack of nonprofit mentions in the recently released White House report Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values,  which focuses on the collection, use, sharing, storing, mining, retention, and destruction of personally identifiable data by corporations. The word "nonprofit" is only mentioned in the appendix explaining where public comments to the process came from. She asks the question: Does civil society have a set of values and/or norms that should be brought to bear in how organizations working within it treat digital data?

The White House Big Data Report: The Good, The Bad, and The Missing

The Electronic Frontier Foundation reviews the White House’s report on Big Data: Seizing Opportunities, Preserving Values commissioned by President Obama with regard to NSA surveillance reforms.  They broke this down based on What they Liked: Support for ECPA Reform, Protections Must be Enacted to Prevent Big Data Discrimination, Non-US Persons Deserve Privacy Too. What Could Have Been Stronger: Metadata Matters, What the Public Knows About Data Brokers Where the Recommendations Fell Short: Data Breach Reform May Undermine Existing State-Level Consumer Protections; Likening Blowing the Whistle to Violent Crimes; Treating Data Collection as a Given; What Was Missing: Big Data and the Surveillance State.