Data Digest: Open Data for Africa Platform, Silent Data Revolution in MENA and Data Strategies

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This week have a look at the just completed Open Data for Africa platform and learn more about the brewing open data revolution in the MENA region. Open Data. Is Open Data Just A Flash in the Pan Movement? Open Source data NetSquared big data

Data Digest: Moneyball Giving, Data and Philanthropy, Data for Africa

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In this Center for Global Development post, he says that African governments are wrongly being paid to collect statistics to populate donor database and considers how this affects the formulation of more effective education policies in Kenya. Open Source philanthropy data big data

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Data Digest: Global Open Data Initiative, OpenData Latinoamérica, Big Data for Disaster Response

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This week check out the launch of the new Global Open Data Initiative, the pursuit for the release and use of open data in Latin America and thoughts on open data and democracy in Africa. Open Data Applied. Announcing the Global Open Data Initiative (GODI). A new Global Open Data Initiative has been launched through a partnership with the Web Foundation, Sunlight Foundation, Open Institute and Open Knowledge Foundation.

Crowdsourcing put to good use in Africa | Madeleine Bunting | Global development | guardian.co.uk

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Crowdsourcing put to good use in Africa | Madeleine Bunting | Global development | guardian.co.uk : "Back in 2008, a group of bloggers based in Kenya came up with an idea in response to the wave of ethnic violence sweeping the country in the wake of elections: Ushahidi – meaning testimony in Swahili – aimed to use crowdsourcing to track a fast-moving crisis.

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Philanthropy and Social Media: New Whitepaper from The Institute for Philanthropy

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The real-time web is a paradigm based on pushing information to users as soon as it’s available, instead of requiring that they or their software check a source periodically for updates.

Beneblog: Technology Meets Society - Untitled Article

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Plus, we recently spotted this article on the Open Source Africa site. And all this is on top of Martus work we're actively engaged with in Kenya, Nigeria and Egypt Our human rights group is active all over the place right now. Patrick Ball is in Colombia for most of the next three months teaching the techniques of human rights statistics and information processing at the National University there. Africa is definitely getting more attention from us.

Building the Tech Capacity of Nonprofits Everywhere with TechSoup's NetSquared Events

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Nairobi, Kenya: NetSquared Kenya Joins Mozilla Maker Party 2016. Nairobi, Kenya: NetSquared Kenya Women and Web Literacy Program 2016 – 17. Nairobi, Kenya: Mobile Solar Computer Classroom Project in Kenya. Oxford, United Kingdom: The Open Data Event.

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Tell Your Community's Story with NetSquared

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Kisumu, Kenya: Social Media Week. Portland, Oregon: Secret Knowledge of Open Source. Busia, Kenya: Building for the Future with Appmaker-Mozilla Western Kenya Network. Busia, Kenya: Social Media Week Event.

Ushahidi Develops Innovative Tools for Nonprofits and Others Working to Benefit the Public

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One of TechSoup's less-known areas of work has been to support and promote the work of other tech-for-good organizations, like Ushahidi in Kenya. Ushahidi has been developing open-source crisis mapping software for over eight years now.

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Citizen Tech: Social Media in Disaster Response

Amy Sample Ward

Wikipedia was a popular resource and established as a citizen-driven information source. The first example is Ushahidi – originally designed as a tool for mapping reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election unrest in 2008.

Nonprofit Technology News: The Demise of Facebook Causes and Cloud Storage for Charities

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The big news is that the new draft taxonomy is now live and online and open to public comment. The Mifos X Platform is free open source cloud software for running a microfinance organization that provides small loans, savings accounts, and micro insurance to very poor people.

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Growing the NetSquared Community

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Austin, Texas: CiviCRM: Free, Open-Source CRM for Nonprofits and Startups. Busia, Kenya: Safer Internet 2016 — 9th February 2016. TechSoup's network of nonprofit technology meetups has been growing.

World of Good Launches Fair Trade Wage Guide

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The Guide is built with free, open-source technology so that it is easy for artisans to use with their own systems. Photo: Priya Haji demonstrates the Fair Trade Wage Guide to artisans in Kenya.

Digital Volunteerism – Effective Disaster Relief the GreenTech Way

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and Sahana Foundation (which hosts a free open source disaster management system), have changed the way disaster relief is being done all over the world.

I’m going to Rwanda

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Today I got confirmation of some great news–in February I’ll be going to Rwanda for a week to help install an open source medical records system at a rural health clinic! He’s planning some really interesting efforts in Kenya later this year. I’ll be going with Lucky Gunasekara and meeting with Partners in Health. I’m really excited to work with Lucky! This project will be amazing, and Lucky has a longer-term vision.

Shouldn’t the Word Phone Be Removed from Mobile? The Use of the Mobile by Nonprofits for Development

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For those nonprofits working on economic issues - In Kenya, the M-Pesa. This was originally posted on the GuideStar International blog. Can you remember when a huge mobile. phone was a brand new and exciting phenomenon and something that only a. privileged few were within reach of.

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Advancing Your Mission With GIS Tools

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A wealth of data sources are becoming available online, allowing data from around the world to be mingled, mixed, and mashed up -- and where data does not yet exist, communities are using these new tools to gather it themselves! In 2008, post-election violence erupted in Kenya.

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Advancing Your Mission With GIS Tools

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A wealth of data sources are becoming available online, allowing data from around the world to be mingled, mixed, and mashed up -- and where data does not yet exist, communities are using these new tools to gather it themselves! In 2008, post-election violence erupted in Kenya.

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PopTech Fellows Program: Reflections

Beth's Blog: How Nonprofits Can Use Social Media

Paula Kahumbu – WildlifeDirect Nairobi, Kenya. She is a lawyer, activist and blogger , and the co-founder and executive director of Ushahidi, a free, open source, Web mobile-based platform capable of crowd-sourcing, sharing and mapping information in near real time. .

Nonprofit Technology News for November 2013

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mobile payment system in Kenya that allows people there to text each other money. Mozilla’s Firefox , the nonprofit driven free and open source web browser; Creative Commons , the project set up to provide a straightforward licensing framework for online creators.

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Nonprofit Technology News for March 2014

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Charity Digital News in the UK just announced that the Digital Leaders 100 competition in the UK is now open to nominations. My current favorite digital inclusion NGO is our newest TechSoup Global partner, Computers For Schools Kenya.

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The Social Media Response to Disaster in Haiti

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Ushahidi was originally designed as a tool for mapping reports of violence in Kenya after the post-election unrest in 2008. Amy Sample Ward, NetSquared. When disaster strikes, we want information as soon as possible and we want to help just as quickly. How can we do that?

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Women's Global Green Action Network: An Interview with Melinda Kramer

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So I would say that the inspiration comes from the connection that is available through opening up a space like this. From her Berkeley-based office, Melinda Kramer facilitates an international network of women leaders.

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