Africa calls for better data and better lives -18/11/2015

​18/11/2015, Africa

African countries converge for African Statistics Day 2015 in hopes of raising public awareness about the importance of statistics in economic and social development and in preserving the environment. Each member country reflects on their achievements and improvements made in their development trajectory as well progress made in measuring this development. The festivities have selected “Better data for better lives: Harnessing modern technology to enhance national statistical systems” as the theme for 2015…more

Data to Reach Underserved Communities – 18/11/2015

​​18/11/2015, Washington, DC, USA

At this Georgetown University event, participants will sit down with thought leaders in Big Data and civic technology to discuss how these tools can be used in public policy and social innovation, particularly for underserved communities. Co-hosted by Georgetown’s Massive Data Institute at Georgetown’s McCourt School of Public Policy and Georgetown’s Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation​, this work aims to better understand the impact of data on social and public outcomes…more

Celebrating GIS Technology

17/11/2015 – 19/11/2015, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates

Esri invites the Middle East and North African geospatial communities to celebrate geographic information system (GIS) technology in Abu Dhabi on November 17-19. The Esri Middle East and North Africa User Conference (MENAUC) will bring the best of the annual Esri User Conference in San Diego to the U.A.E. Spend two days sharpening your GIS skills while networking with Esri staff and users from across the region…more

October-December, 2014

On November 7th, the UN Secretary General’s Independent Advisory Expert Group (IEAG) on the Data Revolution published its report, ‘A World That Counts’: Mobilising the Data Revolution for Sustainable Development’. The report generated a wide range of responses. We have collected and summarized the articles and blog posts we found below. Please contact us if…

October7-22, 2014

On October 15th, the UN Secretary General’s Independent Advisory Expert Group (IEAG) on the Data Revolution closed its comments and private submissions as it prepares its report for the UN Secretary General. There was a flurry of blog posts surrounding the deadline. We’ve compiled a brief list below. Contact us if you have additions.  …

Open Data from the Ground Up

The call for open data has been closely linked with the global advocacy campaign for good governance founded upon the principles of transparency and accountability. Starting in North America and Europe and now spreading to developing economies, country after country has announced open data policies, mined archives for releasable data sets, and remade websites to highlight data releases.

September-October, 2014

On September 25th, the UN Secretary General’s Independent Advisory Expert Group (IEAG) on the Data Revolution held its first meeting in New York. A series of papers and blog posts surrounded this event. They provided suggestions and recommendations for the IEAG. We’ve listed brief summaries and links to some of these publications. If the list…

UN Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution Appointed

An Independent Expert Advisory Group on the Data Revolution has been created by the UN Secretary-General to recommend what is needed to address data gaps and improve national statistical capacities for sustainable development. It will review opportunities due to technical innovations and many new public and private data providers that can strengthen traditional statistical systems and improve accountability…