The Wilson Center recently hosted an event where the Millennium Project launched its Global Futures Intelligence System (GFIS). Despite finding it difficult to understand certain aspects of GFIS, one thing that impressed me was the Millennium Project’s acknowledgment of crowdsourcing as a way to generate more accurate information.
This is the third part in our Democracy Ticker User series, a one-by-one examination of the user groups that we are targeting with the dashboard. In this post, we explain why investors might be interested in Democracy Ticker.
The other day I came across a recap of the White House’s Data Jam—an event where leaders shared how they use data for global development, making better decisions, and spurring entrepreneurship. The recap taught me two things. First, there are too many big data for development events to keep up with! Second, and more importantly, everyone is excited about harnessing big data for development, but there is still confusion about how to proceed.
Democracy Ticker has to be self-sustaining. After all, it doesn't make much sense developing the dashboard if it’s going to be here one day and gone the next. In order to achieve self-sustainability, Democracy Ticker needs to generate enough revenue to cover the cost of producing daily updates on the state of participation and freedom in countries across the world.
This is the first part in our Democracy Ticker Insights series, where we pose specific questions that can be answered using Democracy Ticker. In this post, we explain how Democracy Ticker can help organizations plan winning strategies for establishing presences in new countries.
This is the second part in our Democracy Ticker User series, a one-by-one examination of the user groups that we are targeting with the dashboard. In this post, we explain why government funded donor agencies might be interested in Democracy Ticker.
In the first part of our Democracy Ticker User Series, we mentioned that our goal in developing Democracy Ticker was to create something new AND make it useful. To ensure that we achieve this goal, we constantly identify potential customer segments and flesh out the nitty-gritty details to make sure that Democracy Ticker addresses pains and provides gains for different types of users. While we will continue to share our thoughts on this exercise through our ongoing User Series, we thought it would be fun to take a break, and share some of the features that we are thinking about including in the private alpha version of Democracy Ticker.
The social sciences – political science, sociology, economics, and international relations, to name a few disciplines – have a pretty bad rap these days. Social science researchers get peanuts from the government in comparison to researchers from other fields. Social scientists themselves have written articles questioning the relevance of the disciplines that they have devoted their lives to. Basically, if you’re a social scientist, it looks like you should start easing your way into a new line of work. But, I wouldn't be too hasty. The growing big data movement and the emergence of data as a service (DAAS) may mean that social scientists will soon be in high demand.
This is the first part in our Democracy Ticker User series, a one-by-one examination of the user groups that we are targeting with the dashboard. In this post, we explain why your average citizen who doesn't necessarily work with or care about data might be interested in Democracy Ticker.
Most people who use governance data for their work, and there are a lot of them, know where to find the information they need. There are countless numbers of organizations and individuals, both in the public and private sectors, that provide analytics and insights on the state of political participation, human rights, freedom, and democracy in countries. Because these areas of governance are considered so vitally important to citizens, NGOs, donor organizations, governments, investors, and private firms, these sources of information must be great right? Guess again.