Data.gov and the World Bank are joining forces to sponsor the second International Open Government Data Conference (IOGDC) to be held on July 10-12, 2012, in Washington D.C. at the World Bank Headquarters at 1818 H Street NW. The IOGDC will gather policymakers, developers, and others with a keen interest in open government data to share lessons learned, stimulate new ideas, and demonstrate the power of democratizing data.
The IOGDC will bring together the world’s foremost experts on open government data. From policy to technology, IOGDC promises to be filled with thoughtful, dynamic discussion around the historic opportunity presented by open government data to foster collaboration, transparency, and interactive public participation. There is no cost to attend, but preregistration is required.
The full agenda is at: http://www.data.gov/communities/conference and you can download a PDF version. The event will be web streamed live online at http://bit.ly/IOGDC-Live. You can follow and tweet about the event using the hashtag #IOGDC – there will also be daily recap featured on the World Bank Open Data Blog.
The Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) and InterAction in partnership with the World Bank Institute (WBI), Sustainable Development Network Information Solutions (SDNIS) and the World Bank Civil Society Team invite you to a half-day workshop on free and open source GIS mapping tools. Please join us at the World Bank, Washington D.C on May 3rd, 2012 to learn more about how NGOs, the World Bank, and other organizations are utilizing open geographic data and mapping tools creating new opportunities for strengthening disaster risk reduction, humanitarian relief and sustainable development.
This unique event will feature hands-on demonstrations and provide training to participants of the free and open tools currently available. In addition, real-world examples of interventions that have successfully incorporated mapping will be presented. Whether you are just starting out using mapping in your work or already have GIS specialists on staff, this is an opportunity to discuss key trends, best practices and lessons learned. Presenters will showcase case studies of mapping tools and technologies, introduce some of the most popular geo tools, discuss free sources of open geo data, and assist project managers and implementers to incorporate these innovations into their work.
The video of the event will be posted soon to GFDRR Innovation Series Workshop – New Tools in Mapping for Disasters and Development | GFDRR.
- GeoDC Meetup on Crisis Mapping Tomorrow (Wednesday) (mapbox.com)
Mobile Technologies and Empowerment: Enhancing human development through participation and innovation
by United Nations Development Programme, 2012
Mobile technologies are opening new channels of communication between people and governments, potentially offering greater access to public information and basic services to all. No other technology has been in the hands of so many people in so many countries in such a short period of time (World Bank 2008). In fact, globally, more people now have access to a mobile device than to justice or legal services (UNDP 2008). Recent estimates indicate that ICTs could be accessible to everyone by 2015 and bring internationally agreed development targets ever closer to achievement (ITU 2010). Indeed, we are witnessing a new wave of democratization of access to innovative ICT channels, propelled by state-of-the-art technologies and diminishing barriers to entry.
For the executive summary and PDF copy of the full text of this report, visit Mobile Technologies and Empowerment: Enhancing human development through participation and innovation | E-governance and Access to Information.
World Bank Managing Director Caroline Anstey recently announced a new partnership with Google that will apparently empower citizen cartographers in 150 countries worldwide. …So what’s the catch? Google’s licensing agreement for Google Map Maker stipulates the following: Users are not allowed to access Google Map Maker data via any platform other than those designated by Google. Users are not allowed to make any copies of the data, nor can they translate the data, modify it or create a derivative of the data. In addition, users cannot publicly display any Map Maker data for commercial purposes. Finally, users cannot use Map Maker data to create a service that is similar to any already provided by Google. …
For the full text of Patrick Meier’s discussion on data access and licensing issues, visit Google Inc + World Bank = Empowering Citizen Cartographers? | iRevolution. This has important implications for participatory mapping projects for humanitarian aid and sustainable development.
- Google Inc + World Bank = Empowering Citizen Cartographers? (irevolution.net)
- World Bank – Google Partnership for Community Mapping Raises Data Access Questions (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
- World Bank and Google join forces to empower mapping communities around the world (google-latlong.blogspot.com)
- Empowering Citizen Cartographers (nytimes.com)
From Google’s Lat Long blog post: “Under this agreement, the World Bank will act as a conduit to make Google Map Maker source data more widely and easily available to government organizations in the event of major disasters, and also for improved planning, management, and monitoring of public services provision. …”
In an All Points Blog post on Directions Magazine (January 16, 2012), Adena Schutzberg notes that “World Bank partner organizations, which include government and United Nations agencies, will be able to contact World Bank offices for possible access to the Google Map Maker data for their various projects. … The data is Google’s. It’s not open to the world under a free data license like OpenStreetMap is. Google makes its data tiles available via its APIs (with have their own restrictions and sometimes, fees). The Map Maker data is not open source (because that license is for software). Oh, and Google’s mapping APIs are not open source either!”
Ms. Schutzberg also raises several good questions that will need to be addressed, including “… how the World Bank will decide if a requester can have access to the data. Is it only during an emergency? Or when one is expected? Or is for long-term planning for such emergencies? … under what sort of terms (license) Google/The World Bank will hand over the data? Will it be sharable to NGOs? To citizens? …”
For full text of Adena Schutzberg’s blog post, visit Google Gives World Bank Map Maker Data Distribution Privileges – All Points Blog.
- World Bank Assumes Control of Google Map Data (readwriteweb.com)
- Empowering Citizen Cartographers (nytimes.com)
- Redesign of Google Map Maker means anyone can make maps (news.consumerreports.org)
Open Data, Open Knowledge, Open Solutions: Possibilities and Pitfalls
Thursday, September 22, 2011; 11:30 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Watch Live from the World Bank Annual Meetings in Washington, DC! As part of the World Bank’s 2011 Annual Meetings and Civil Society Forum, The World Bank will host a discussion with leading members of the civil society, open government, open development communities to discuss a new “Open Development Agenda,” in which individuals are empowered to create better solutions for development issues. The session will begin with an overview of Open Development, its implications for development partners, and how this move toward greater openness in data and knowledge is changing the entire development paradigm. It will include a lively moderated conversation on the opportunities presented by open data, open knowledge, and open solutions and how these relate to development challenges and aid effectiveness. Topics will include: What are the potential limitations of “open”? How can we draw on knowledge, learning, and innovation from a much wider pool of “solvers” and donor resources? Participants will also have an opportunity to see new mobile apps and the updated Mapping for Results portal. The session will close with an open dialogue, where participants will have an opportunity to present their ideas and feedback on the changing roles of the private sector, civil society organizations, and governments in making development more effective.
- The Open Knowledge Foundation Comes of Age (mt-soft.com.ar)
- NYT: World Bank Is Opening Its Treasure Chest of Data (geodatapolicy.wordpress.com)
…the World Bank is opening its vast vault of information. …For more than a year, the bank has been releasing its prized data sets, currently giving public access to more than 7,000 that were previously available only to some 140,000 subscribers — mostly governments and researchers, who pay to gain access to it. Those data sets contain all sorts of information about the developing world, whether workaday economic statistics — gross domestic product, consumer price inflation and the like — or arcana like how many women are breast-feeding their children in rural Peru. … For whatever its accuracy or biases, this data essentially defines the economic reality of billions of people and is used in making policies and decisions that have an enormous impact on their lives. …
For full text of the article, visit: World Bank Is Opening Its Treasure Chest of Data – NYTimes.com.
- World Bank Is Opening Its Treasure Chest of Data (nytimes.com)
Rahim Kanani – The Common Good – Forbes, June 22, 2011
Social critic and technologist Steven Johnson believes that if we surround ourselves with different people who hold different views, we will have more original thoughts and because of this we will become innovative. Johnson, author of Where Good Ideas Come From, gave the keynote speech at Innovation Days, an internal World Bank event held last week at Washington, D.C. headquarters and in World Bank offices around the world. The yearly event is aimed at accelerating knowledge-sharing and learning by showcasing innovative initiatives and approaches across the institution. Johnson told staff that just a few core characteristics, at the individual and institutional level, cause innovative ideas and creative collaboration to thrive. To start, …
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