In this interview with Robert Kirkpatrick, director of UN Global Pulse, he discusses the role of big data in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals and outlines three areas of impact. Global Pulse is an initiative of the United Nations that works to harness data science for sustainable development and humanitarian action.
When talking about international development, it is often said that fixed recipes do not work well in every context. Pretending that, as an outsider, one could determine what should be done to fix or improve the provision of public services in a certain context based in what worked in another place is risky and can even be harmful. This was the dilemma that the Peruvian government faced... Read More
How well do you know your city? Your neighborhood? Even your block? When it comes to public information, it’s a simple question without a simple answer. Even with open data portals available in most major cities, it can be a challenge to find specific or relevant data in a sea of online lists, tables, and spreadsheets. Chicago’s new OpenGrid initiative aims to help resolve this dilemma... Read More
Each day, throughout the world, public officials and practitioners face the daunting task of creating solutions to society's most pressing problems, as they strive to improve the lives of their citizens. These dedicated public servants are under pressure to do more with increasingly limited resources, and to be more effective and efficient. Repeatedly, history has shown that continuing to... Read More