Maptivism: Maps for activism, transparency and engagement

14-09-2009 – Filed under activismawarenessmappingmashupopenstreetmapstransparencyweb2fordevgeo-data

It is estimated as much as 80% of data contains geo-referenced information. So, a lot of information can be displayed through maps. Digital maps allow easy ways to present large amounts of data and reduce complexity. Activists have found creative ways to use maps, but also development organizations have to…

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Flu alerts and what it says about the future power of information

26-12-2008 – Filed under ICT4Dapidevelopmentenvironmentfeedmappingmashupmobileopen-sourcerss

The other day I stumbled over this news piece: “The phone that feels the flu before you do” – a company offers a service, where one can find out how intensive the level of flu is in their area. So, basically, you can get “Open Source Intelligence” via mobile phone….

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Web2fordev one year after – a critical review

09-09-2008 – Filed under ICT4Ddevelopmentinnovationlocal-knowledgemashupnetworkorganizationweb2fordevwisdom-of-crowd

Most of my readers know how enthusiastic I am about the potential that Internet has; being this either social web, social media, web2.0 or however you want to name it. But if I look back at what has happened in the development field during the last year, I have to…

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6 innovative grassroot mashups for transparency

05-05-2008 – Filed under activismICT4De-democracygrassrootsmashupunited-nations

Some weeks ago I wrote a post about a new initiative by UNHCR, which promotes the use geodata mashups to provide information about refugee camps all around the world. Today, I saw another initiative by the World Bank called geo.worldbank.org: “Our work around the world.” Again, it is a nice…

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United Nations mashups: Visualizing world challenges

08-04-2008 – Filed under ICT4Ddevelopmentenvironmentmashupstatisticsunited-nationsweb2fordev

It is quite exciting to see that the United Nations and their different branch-organizations are slowly harnessing the potential of the web in innovative ways. I have previously blogged about the idea of a huge interesting UN aggregator project and the UNDP water wiki during the last web4dv conference. To…

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