Practical Insights on Data for ICT4D Projects

7 Reasons to Use Call Centers for Data Collection

7 Reasons to Use Call Centers for Data Collection

Published on: Jun 21 2018 by Wayan Vota - 7 Comments
Recently, I was at a meeting that focused on data collection from health clinic operators, school principals, and agricultural extension agents (who are very similar),...
The Evidence that Open Government Data Improves Developing Economies

The Evidence that Open Government Data Improves Developing Economies

Published on: Jun 18 2018 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
In 2009, the United States launched the data.gov portal. Since then there has been a rapid increase in the systematic opening of government data around the world....
We Need Digital Sanctuaries for Development in the USA Too

We Need Digital Sanctuaries for Development in the USA Too

Published on: May 24 2018 by Guest Writer - Comments Off on We Need Digital Sanctuaries for Development in the USA Too
Humanitarian data practices and the risks associated with them for the most vulnerable are not a topic only relevant to discuss when operating in conflict areas...
We Are All Responsible Data Sinners. Will GDPR Make Us Repent?

We Are All Responsible Data Sinners. Will GDPR Make Us Repent?

Published on: May 17 2018 by Wayan Vota - 5 Comments
The General Data Protection Regulation is coming on May 25th and you should be worried. If you operate in the EU or focus on EU-based clients, then the sweeping...
How to Manage Data and Measure Our Success in International Development

How to Manage Data and Measure Our Success in International Development

Published on: Mar 29 2018 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
If the last ten years are an indicator of what to expect in the coming ten years, data will be one of the most sought-after commodities for measuring success in...
How to Have Algorithmic Accountability in ICT4D – Your Weekend Long Reads

How to Have Algorithmic Accountability in ICT4D – Your Weekend Long Reads

Published on: Mar 17 2018 by Steve Vosloo - 2 Comments
As we saw recently, when it comes to big data for public services there needs to be algorithmic accountability. People need to understand not only what data is...
3 Data Types Every ICT4D Organization Needs – Your Weekend Long Reads

3 Data Types Every ICT4D Organization Needs – Your Weekend Long Reads

Published on: Mar 10 2018 by Steve Vosloo - Comments Off on 3 Data Types Every ICT4D Organization Needs – Your Weekend Long Reads
After five years researching the effectiveness of non-profit organizations (NPOs) in the USA, Stanford University lecturer Kathleen Kelly Janus found that while...
Every Big Data Algorithm Needs a Data Storyteller and Data Activist – Your Weekend Long Reads

Every Big Data Algorithm Needs a Data Storyteller and Data Activist – Your Weekend Long Reads

Published on: Mar 03 2018 by Steve Vosloo - 2 Comments
The use of big data by public institutions is increasingly shaping peoples’ lives. In the USA, algorithms influence the criminal justice system through risk...
Data is Now Cheap, But Information is Still Very Expensive

Data is Now Cheap, But Information is Still Very Expensive

Published on: Feb 28 2018 by Catholic Relief Services - 5 Comments
We live in the era of Big Data. That’s not a new statement, it’s not even an exciting one. But there’s an implicit finger wag in there as the statement relates...
Stop the Madness! Enterprise Data Warehouses Are Better Than Custom Data Integration Tools

Stop the Madness! Enterprise Data Warehouses Are Better Than Custom Data Integration Tools

Published on: Feb 08 2018 by Guest Writer - 1 Comment
Everyone is interested in the fancy outputs of mobile data collection: eye-catching and informative web-based data visualizations. Yet few people care about the...