[open-development] "Increasing Interoperability of Social Good Data" Challenge from Gates / Liquidnet for Good

Tim Davies tim at practicalparticipation.co.uk
Thu Mar 14 14:16:25 UTC 2013

Hey Tariq, all

I've just been looking into this in mode depth and it looks like a great
opportunity to put forward some ideas for tools and approaches that would
make open data more interoperable. I'm considering how some of the ideas
from the Aid Information Toolkit (
http://wiki.iatistandard.org/wg/toolkit/start) might respond to this
challenge - but the real value is when we make aid data join up with other
datasets to help improve social investment etc.

So - if we were to do something on making aid data more interoperable -
what should it be more interoperable with? What are the existing datasets
that we should be connecting up? I'd love ideas from list members to see if
there is an interesting open-development WG project here...

All the best


On Thu, Mar 7, 2013 at 5:16 PM, Tariq Khokhar <tariq at khokhar.net> wrote:

> Folks,
> Have you seen this?
> http://www.grandchallenges.org/Explorations/Topics/Pages/SocialDataInteroperability_Round11.aspx
> A snip from the text describing the challenge (which has funding for
> successful proposals)
> *Opportunity:*
> The goal of this challenge is to solicit new and innovative approaches to
> increase the interoperability of data that can be used for social good. We
> are looking for approaches that deal with both the technological and policy
> barriers to achieving interoperability, and encourage projects that embrace
> the complexity of these issues. We seek solutions that span issue areas
> (e.g. education, health, etc.) and/or geographies to the widest extent
> possible. Solutions that would be useful for those working in both the
> impact investing/social enterprise space, as well as the
> philanthropic/nonprofit worlds are acceptable. We will consider submissions
> that are focused on a single issue area or geography if the solution as
> presented could be used or adapted for other causes or places. In these
> cases, it will be important for applications to describe how the solution
> could be applied to a different issue or location.
> I wonder if there's a joint OKF / Open Development Working Group proposal
> here? They note that in particular they are looking to address the
> following:
>    - Improving the availability and use of program impact data by
>    bringing together data from multiple organizations operating in the same
>    field and geographical area;
>    - Enabling combinations of data through application programming
>    interface (APIs), taxonomy crosswalks, classification systems, middleware,
>    natural language processing, and/or data sharing agreements;
>    - Reducing inefficiency for users entering similar information into
>    multiple systems through common web forms, profiles, apps, interfaces, etc.;
>    - Creating new value for users trying to pull data from multiple
>    sources;
>    - Providing new ways to access and understand more than one data set,
>    for example, through new data visualizations, including mashing up
>    government and other data;
>    - Identifying needs and barriers by experimenting with increased
>    interoperability of multiple data sets;
>    - Providing ways for people to access information that isn't normally
>    accessible (for using natural language processing to pull and process
>    stories from numerous sources) and combing that information with open data
>    sets.
> With kind regards,
> Tariq
> --
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