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7 Things to Consider Before Developing a Chatbot

7 Things to Consider Before Developing a Chatbot

Published on: Sep 11 2017 by Guest Writer - Leave a Comment
As with many new promising technologies, chatbots are getting hyped as a new innovative tool that can aide humanitarian response and international development practitioners....
Is Zero-Rated Internet Access Connecting the Unconnected?

Is Zero-Rated Internet Access Connecting the Unconnected?

Published on: Aug 21 2017 by Wayan Vota - 1 Comment
As the debate around zero-rated services (like Facebook’s Free Basics, Twitter Access, and Wikipedia Zero) and other emerging mobile data models continues, data...
9 Best Practices for Cleaning, Managing, and Tagging Your Data

9 Best Practices for Cleaning, Managing, and Tagging Your Data

Published on: Aug 14 2017 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 9 Best Practices for Cleaning, Managing, and Tagging Your Data
With “Data Scientist” being hailed as the sexiest job of the 21st century, there has been an influx of “big data” companies, visualization tools, and other...
Our Experiment Using Facebook Chatbots to Improve Humanitarian Assistance

Our Experiment Using Facebook Chatbots to Improve Humanitarian Assistance

Published on: Aug 07 2017 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
It must have been above 40 degrees Celsius that afternoon in Maiduguri, Nigeria. Hundreds of people were waiting to cash the mobile money they receive from the...
We Need to Start Investing in Data We Already Have

We Need to Start Investing in Data We Already Have

Published on: Aug 03 2017 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on We Need to Start Investing in Data We Already Have
If there’s one thing we’ve learned in the last few months it’s just how much data there is out there that’s not being used. In fact by aggregating data...
How Do You Know When You Are Done?

How Do You Know When You Are Done?

Published on: Jul 31 2017 by Catholic Relief Services - Comments Off on How Do You Know When You Are Done?
Here is one of the basic questions for a mass Long Lasting Insecticidal Net distribution campaign, “How do you know when you are done?” Population data...
What Data Do Our Constituents Want to Count?

What Data Do Our Constituents Want to Count?

Published on: Jul 27 2017 by Wayan Vota - Comments Off on What Data Do Our Constituents Want to Count?
Here is an interesting idea from Amanda Makulec that merits pondering: Let’s ask users: “What do YOU want to count?” instead of just collecting...
Ok Chatbot: What is Your Value for Humanitarians?

Ok Chatbot: What is Your Value for Humanitarians?

Published on: Jul 20 2017 by Guest Writer - 2 Comments
Whether or not you are aware of it, you have probably interacted with a chatbot – whether checking your finances, making a travel reservation, or even ordering...
4 Best Practices for Responsible Data in Agriculture

4 Best Practices for Responsible Data in Agriculture

Published on: Jul 10 2017 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on 4 Best Practices for Responsible Data in Agriculture
The agriculture sector is creating increasing amounts of data, from many different sources. From tractors equipped with GPS tracking, to open data released by government...
Please Use Spatial Analysis And Stop Asking People to Walk All Day

Please Use Spatial Analysis And Stop Asking People to Walk All Day

Published on: Jun 28 2017 by Catholic Relief Services - 2 Comments
The poor walk a lot. They walk every day to and from work, childcare, clinics, wells and anywhere else they need to go. They have limited time and may be tired...