Philanthropy’s Data Boom, IATI, Big Data Trends #DataDigest

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This week features a lot of news about data for social benefit, as data starts taking centre stage in philanthropic efforts. Also of interest was a review of data trends for this 2013 and beyond based a report done by Gartner, which notes that on-the-go big data accessed via mobile and tablets and real-time analytics will increase.

Data & Philanthropy                           
Philanthropy’s Data Boom
Highlighting Lucy Bernholz’s Philanthropy and Social Investing 2012 Blue Print this article talks about a number of initiatives currently in play that support finding information needed for informed philanthropic investment. These included IssueLab.org, a free online database of philanthropic research, a YouTube library of interviews with philanthropic leaders by The Bridgespan Group and TRASI, a searchable database of 150 different methods for measuring philanthropic impact.

Aid Data
Why NGOs should implement IATI!
This post on the Openaid blog talks about NGOs gradual recognition of the need for transparency and use of open standards like IATI. The NGO business case for implementing IATI is outlined as she explains how the standard can improve international management and information flows. Openly publishing data enables more people to use the data, detect and correct errors and increase data quality.  If all donors use the same data standard, open-source monitoring tools can be used and it reduces corruption and increase credibility. Providing data also empower local partners to demand accountability and support NGO capacity building efforts which increase the effectiveness of the global aid system.

Mobile Data
The charitable face of data use
This article highlights innovative data driven NGOs some of which are backed by telecoms like Vodafone that are helping with disaster relief efforts in real-time. For example, Vodafone audits communications facilities in disaster zones while Refugees United partnered with mobile networks Ericsson and Three, to create a social network that reunites lost refugees.

Open Government Data
Open data, open government and critical consciousness
In this post Linda Raftree talks about the possible impact of open data. She says that the right to open data should be included in the public’s right to information. Noting that opening up data is just one step, she explains that open data obstacles must be understood to overcome them. Some of these barriers include lack of access to ICT, government responsiveness and NGO, media and citizen awareness of the benefits. Data intermediaries and NGO transparency advocates are needed to help solve these problems.  In addition, traditional communications and education methods if combined with new ICTs can also help take open data to communities.

Big Data
Big Data Trends
Gartner’s Hype Cycle dedicated to Big Data illustrates the different aspects of Big Data and their level of uptake. Referencing this Mark van Rijmenam talks about how On-the-go Big Data, will be facilitated through mobile phones and tablets rather than desktops in the future and suggests that many startups will begin focusing on this. It is also is expected that more open source tools that offer visualizations, drag-and-drop options and easy to install scripts will be available. Real-time analytics will increase and more consumer apps that allow for storing, tracking, visualizing and interpreting your personal data will be available.