Data

Data

Data is the unsung hero of ICT4D projects and activities. Understanding how data is created, stored, retrieved, manipulated, analyzed, and interpreted are key to any ICT4D fieldwork.

‘Data’ as a thing can also be very difficult to address within ICT4D projects. Data quality, quantity, visualization, mining, storage, and processing all require different approaches and skill sets.

Knowing where to begin with data will help to ensure smooth ICT4D projects.

Ideas

  • Clean and organize a counterpart organizations’ datasets.
  • Use data mining and data science tools to analyze existing data collections.
  • Create data visualizations that highlight new analysis and lessons-learned.

Resources

Readings

Websites

  • CKAN -- Data management system targeting national and regional governments, companies and organizations wanting to open their data. (Website > data > data catalog)
  • Code.gov -- Government open-source code. (Website > data > data catalog, government)
  • Data Basic.io -- Web tools for beginners that introduce concepts of working with data. (Website > data > data science, analytics, course)
  • Data Mining Course -- Course on practical data mining. (Website > data > data mining, analytics, course)
  • Data Portals -- Open data by location/government. (Website > data)
  • DataMonkey -- Develop your analytical skills in a simple, yet fun way. (Website > data > data science, analytics, course)
  • DataQuest -- Learn data science in your browser. (Website > data > data science, analytics, course)
  • Excel Guru -- Passionate community to learn and share excel tips. (Website > data > excel, data science, analytics)
  • Foreign Assistance -- US government international dashboard data. (Website > data > dataset, government)
  • Guide to Data Mining -- Programmer's guide to data mining book. (Website > data > course, guide, data mining)
  • Kaggle -- Data science lessons. (Website > data > course, data science)
  • NGOAidMap -- Publicly available data on international development and humanitarian response. (Website > data > international development, dataset)
  • Open Access Directory -- List of datasets on specific issues. (Website > data > dataset)
  • OpenAidData -- Provides detailed developing aid data from around the world. Unlike most other websites, this project combines data from various sources offering a more comprehensive view. Sources include the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI), the Creditor Reporting System (CRS) of the OECD, the World Bank and the Illicit Financial FLow data set from Global Financial Integrity. (Website > data > dataset, government)
  • Our World In Data -- Ongoing history of human civilization at the broadest level, through research and data visualization. (Website > data > dataset)
  • Quantitative Economics -- Lectures on quantitative economic modeling. (Website > data > course, economic models, data science)
  • School of Data -- Data literacy organization. (Website > data > data science, data literacy, course)
  • School of Data Handbook -- School of Data courses and challenges. (Website > data > course, data science, data literacy)
  • Statistics Done Wrong -- Guide to popular statistical errors and slip-ups. (Website > data > data science, statistics)

Services

  • Catalog Data Gov -- Data.gov dataset listing. (Service > data > data catalog)
  • Corpora -- Collection of small corpuses of interesting data for the creation of bots and similar stuff. (Service > data > data catalog, testing)
  • Importio -- Instantly turn web pages into data. (Service > data > scraping)
  • PanDoc -- Convert between various text file formats. (Service > data > conversion)
  • PDF to CSV -- Scrapes PDFs into CSV data. (Service > data > conversion)
  • Sheetdown -- Convert a Google Spreadsheet into a Table in Markdown. (Service > data > conversion)
  • Sheetsu -- Create API from Google Spreadsheet. (Service > data > api, google sheets, json)
  • Spreadsheet JSON -- Spreadsheets as JSON. (Service > data > api, google sheets, json)
  • Textql -- Execute SQL against structured text like CSV or TSV. (Service > data > sql, text, csv)

Organizations

  • Aiddata -- Research and innovation lab that seeks to improve development outcomes by making development finance data more accessible and actionable. (Organization > data > academic, dataset)
  • Association for Progressive Communications -- Making the Internet free, open, affordable, and useful in people's lives. (Organization > data > open knowledge)
  • Creative Commons -- Nonprofit organization that enables the sharing and use of creativity and knowledge through free legal tools. (Organization > data > open, licensing)
  • Dimagi -- Privately-held social enterprise -- delivers open and innovative technology to help underserved communities everywhere. (Organization > data > international development, data collection)
  • Esoko -- Manage large groups of people with powerful mobile applications and useful market intelligence. (Organization > data > data collection)
  • FrontlineSMS -- SMS management tools that help you reach more than 3 billion people with the phone already in their pocket. (Organization > data > mobile communications, data collection)
  • HNI (Human Network International) -- Global development organization dedicated to bringing the benefits of technology to individuals and organizations working in the developing world. (Organization > data > international development, data)
  • infoDev -- Part of the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Unit of the World Bank Group's Trade and Competitiveness Global Practice. (Organization > data > international development)
  • Magpi -- Provider of configurable, cloud-based mobile collection and communication applications that enable users in the field to quickly and easily collect data and create broadcast messaging campaigns. (Organization > data > data collection, mobile)
  • Mozilla Foundation -- Non-profit organization that promotes openness, innovation and participation on the Internet. (Organization > data > open knowledge)
  • No Ceilings - The Full Participation Project -- Collaboration of Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and the Bill, Hillary & Chelsea Clinton Foundation to gather data and analyze the gains made for women and girls over the last two decades, as well as the gaps that remain. (Organization > data > data, women)
  • Open Learning Exchange -- International non-profit helping to create powerful Open Learning Communities throughout the developing world that ensure quality basic learning for all, with a focus on children and youth, especially girls. (Organization > data > open knowledge, education)
  • OpenGov Hub -- Physically collocates like-minded communities of practice in a single shared physical workspace in downtown Washington, DC and Kathmandu, Nepal. (Organization > data > open knowledge, government)
  • SocialCops -- Data intelligence organization for the developing world. Great case studies and an interesting 'collector' tool. (Organization > data > monitoring and evaluation, case studies)
  • Sunlight Foundation -- National, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization that uses the tools of civic tech, open data, policy analysis and journalism to make our government and politics more accountable and transparent to all. (Organization > data > dataset, government)

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