Open aid: Mapping over 100.000 German aid projects from the last 10 years

12-02-2013 – Filed under open-dataopen-aid-datadevelopment-aidtransparency

There are practically only two options of German developing aid figures one can obtain; either highly aggregated data from the German Ministry of Economic Development and Cooperation, or complicated and academic designed pages such as aidflows from the OECD. (Open Germain Aid) is in this regard different. Here, instead…

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Budget transparency: A few clicks to accountability?

09-02-2013 – Filed under open-dataopen-budgetfinance-datatransparencyaccountability

Frankfurt budget vizualization “[..] if you don’t adapt your way of presenting to the way that people understand it, then you won’t get it through. You must prepare the food in a way that makes people want to eat it. The dream that you will train the entire population to…

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Context is king - new inspiring ideas on Maptivism

26-08-2010 – Filed under activismmappingmaptivismtransparency

If you sit in front a long list of information, it is often difficult to make quickly sense of it. If you look at a map of the same data, you might get a picture of it rather quickly. 1,470,000 US gallons of oil were leaking from an oil pipe…

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The long journey to transparency and open data in the development aid sector

13-04-2010 – Filed under knowledge-managementdevelopmentopendatatransparency

What if you were in Ethiopia, walking by a school, directing your mobile’s camera to towards it and suddenly you get all the information available about the school, such as the development projects involved with it, the amount invested to build it, and the school’s drop out rate. How transparent…

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Frankfurt gestalten: Open data for transparency and engagement in local politics

04-03-2010 – Filed under activismcitizen-actionedemocracyfrankfurtopen-datatransparencysocial-innovation

What are politician’s decisions about your neighborhood? What does usually happen in my street and what could be done better? In Frankfurt, Germany, there is now a website called (Create Frankfurt), which makes local political decision more transparent and offers a new space for citizen to participate. is…

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A transparent world through face recognition and the great challenge for privacy

18-02-2010 – Filed under technologyprivacysurveillancetransparency

As if the digital world was not already big enough, it still keeps expanding to the offline or physical world. But what does offline anyway means these days with ubiquitous mobile Internet access? That term is losing its meaning. Should that be a problem? Yes, because Internet users and social…

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5 inspiring examples for worldwide Maptivism

15-01-2010 – Filed under activismmappingmaptivismopen-datatransparency

“But the maps provided something that the narrative and statistics lacked […] We could articulate the case in words. […] But when you’d put up the maps, they’d stop listening to you and look at them [as if to] say, ‘Is this really possible?’” Reed Colfax in an interview by…

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The Internet of Things: Open intelligence through citizen action

02-10-2009 – Filed under activismICT4DcrowdsourcingenvironmentInternet-of-ThingsRFIDSupply-chaintransparency

The Internet of Things is a rather old story within the web. But through simple, low-cost technology such as RFID chips (Radio Frequency Identification Tags) volunteers worldwide gain another potentially powerful monitoring instrument. Such crowdsourcing efforts can unseal environmental damage, give valuable data to advocacy organizations and development projects. Internet…

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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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