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Opening data: Have you checked your pipes?

26 March 2014 | blogpost, civic hacking, open data

Code for America alum Dave Guarino had a post recently entitled “ETL for America”. In it, he highlights something that open data practitioners face with every new project: the problem of Extracting...

Blogpost: What are the barriers for using Beyond-GDP indicators?

25 March 2014 | blogpost, gdp, indicators, well-being

This blog, written by Dora Almassy, is about the current BRAINPOol project and the barriers the project has found in trying to establish alternative indicators beyond GDP. The post is a part of the...

Post-2015: Without massive public engagement, there can be no data revolution

21 March 2014 | blogpost, civ engagement, data-revolution, open data, post-2015

In 2013, the UN Secretary General’s High Level Panel pointed to a set of ‘transformational shifts’ that could serve as markers for ongoing debate on the scope of the global development agenda after...

Nepal: What Can a Community Do to Hold a School Accountable?

20 March 2014 | accountability, asia pacific, blogpost, community scorecards, governance and education, public service delivery

The answer from a case study in western Nepal says the answer could be one of the social accountability tools - Community Score Card (CSC).  The case study, produced by the World Bank-funded Program...

Nepal: What Can a Community Do to Hold a School Accountable?

20 March 2014 | accountability, asia pacific, blogpost, community scorecards, governance and education, public service delivery

The answer from a case study in western Nepal says the answer could be one of the social accountability tools - Community Score Card (CSC).  The case study, produced by the World Bank-funded Program...

India: Sustaining Accountability

14 March 2014 | accountability, asia pacific, blogpost, election, governance

During her primary contest with Barack Obama for the nomination of the Democratic Party, Hilary Clinton once remarked that one only needed to look at the two of them (a woman and an African American...

Blogpost: Well-being of a population is both measurable and consequential

13 March 2014 | blogpost, global indices, public health, well-being

As a nation, we are constantly monitoring and appraising the economy and our financial health.  We gather a tremendous amount of information to assess this. The Census Bureau randomly selects 60,000...

Blog Post: Toward a Big Data Revolution for Sustainable Development

20 February 2014 | blogpost, data, data-revolution, measurement, sustainable dev

In choosing the term ‘revolution’, it is clear that Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon’s High Level Panel sought to convey the magnitude of the data-driven transformation required for effective...

South Korea Has Moved Backwards in Democratic Freedoms, a New Report Finds - Korea Real Time - WSJ

19 February 2014 | accountability, asia pacific, blogpost, ogp, open data, transparency

If technology makes governments more open and accountable, South Korea should be among the world’s greatest successes. This is increasingly not so, according to the findings of a draft progress...

Blog post: Women's civic and political participation: where are the data gaps?

18 February 2014 | blogpost, data, data deficit, political participation, women-in-parliament

This blog, written by Wikigender Coordinator Estelle Loiseau, gives some highlights of the Wikigender online discussion on "Data Gaps on Gender Equality", which in its last week focused on the civic...

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