This Week: A Smorgasbord for an Open Data, Citizen Engagement and Climate Change Enthusiast

This last week saw a lot of good resources, papers, initiatives and infographics that together make a plentiful smorgasbord. So follow along and pick and choose what you’ll fill your plate with. You can't really go wrong.

To start you off is a healthy dose of ICT best practices for development put together by United Methodist Communications. ICTWorks highlights some of the key lessons in the paper that come from interviews with experts and practitioners in the field. One of the key lessons pointed out is that, “It’s about people, not technology." "Keeping the big picture in mind, and the challenges you’re looking to help people overcome, reminds you to stay focused," Ken Banks, founder of FrontlineSMS, said. This idea could be considered a starter for all the other points made in the paper and why we seek out best practices at all.

Next, Mark Headd, Philadelphia Chief Data Officer, dishes up knowledge on opening government data while answering questions as a part of GitHub’s new “Ask Me Anything” series. One question tackled the idea that government or other “data stewards believe that their value to an organization comes mostly from knowing that data/pipeline, and that if that knowledge starts to disseminate, they lose value. Do you think that's true, and if it is, does it make sense to encourage them to make data more widely available, and, if not, how to encourage them through to make data more widely available?”

Check out his response. I'm looking forward to more good things coming out of this series.

If this whetted your appetite for some open knowledge, good news! Our next round is a response to Martin Tisne’s post on The Missing Link: How to Engage the Private Sector in Open Government Partnership. Benjamin Herzberg whips up his own recipe for how open data helps the bottom line for the private sector, which is more generally known to keep things, well, private.

The Sunlight Foundation, Global Integrity and the Electoral Integrity Project serves up another helping of transparency, but the flavor has a distinctly political taste. Launched last week, Money, Politics and Transparency will be a base for improving global political finance transparency.

Just when you’re ready to start loosening your belt, a delicious infographic and article on citizen-led initiatives worldwide takes the stage. What do you think? Is it missing any key ingredients, or does it provide a good taste of the progress of the growing political voices heard around the world?

Source: Development Progress

And the cherry to top it all off? ODI’s Zero-poverty…think again white paper in addition to a whole host of infographics, dynamic visualizations and videos remind us that many more people will be tightening their belt if we don’t start planning for the climate changes that are heading our way.

Taryn Davis is an Assoicate at Development Gateway based in Washington DC. 

Tags: ICT4Dopen governmentGitHubopen datacitizen engagementopen government partnershipODIDevelopment ProgressThe Sunlight FoundationICTWorksGlobal Integrity