Monthly Archives: January 2013

Perils of Big Data

“Big data” can help determine who really deserves a loan. But there are dangers.  Read more in this recent Slate article: Our friend Andy Schwartzman sums it up: The buzzword tsunami that is “big data”-a handy way of describing our … Continue reading

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Spotlight: The Water & Environment Hub

We recently learned about this Canadian model for aggregating environmental data: The Water and Environmental Hub (WEHUB) project is a cloud-based, open source web platform that’s making it easier for individuals and organizations to find, access, and share water and … Continue reading

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The Boston Indicators Project: Measuring What We Value

The Boston Indicators Project’s website is organized by 10 primary Sectors and 6 Cross-Cutting Topics. It includes 70 broad goals, 150 detailed indicators and roughly 350 affiliated measures designed to highlight conditions and trends in Boston, its neighborhoods and region … Continue reading

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Social Sector Measurement: Down But Not Out

This blog originally appeared on the Standford Social Innovation Review website. For those pining to see a revolution in how social sector organizations view and use measurement, two reports were launched towards the end of last year with good insight … Continue reading

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Nonprofits Should Share Their Data, Too

Tech President’s David Eaves recently posted this challenge to the nonprofit sector. Whenever I’m at a hackathon — or any discussion about open data, really — I’m always disappointed to see that there are few people there from the non-profit … Continue reading

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