By Michelle Winowatan, Andrew J. Zahuranec, Andrew Young, and Stefaan Verhulst

This is the fourth installment of an ongoing series of case studies on Data Collaboratives and Data Stewardship. These case studies intend to provide insights toward leveraging private data for public good in a systematic, sustainable and responsible manner. Subscribe to our Data Stewards Newsletter to be notified of future releases.

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Summary: Following the 2015 earthquake in Nepal, Flowminder, a data analytics nonprofit, and NCell, a mobile operator in Nepal, formed a data collaborative. Using call detail records (CDR, a type of mobile operator data) provided by NCell, Flowminder estimated the number of people displaced by the earthquake and their location. …


By Michelle Winowatan, Andrew Young, and Stefaan Verhulst

This is the third installment of an ongoing series of case studies on Data Collaboratives and Data Stewardship. These case studies intend to provide insights toward leveraging private data for public good in a systematic, sustainable and responsible manner. Subscribe to our Data Stewards Newsletter to be notified of future releases.

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Summary: The Atlas of Inequality is a research initiative led by scientists at the MIT Media Lab and Universidad Carlos III de Madrid. It is a project within the larger Human Dynamics research initiative at the MIT Media Lab, which investigates how computational social science can improve society, government, and companies. Using multiple big data sources, MIT Media Lab researchers seek to understand how people move in urban spaces and how that movement influences or is influenced by income. Among the datasets used in this initiative was location data provided by Cuebiq, through its Data for Good initiative. Cuebiq offers location-intelligence services to approved research and nonprofit organizations seeking to address public problems. To date, the Atlas has published maps of inequality in eleven cities in the United States. …


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As part of the Call for Action to build the data infrastructure and ecosystem for responding to dynamic societal threats, The GovLab is crowdsourcing a Living Repository of Data Collaboratives in Response to COVID-19. As of late April 1st, the document features over 100 data collaboratives seeking to address the spread of COVID-19 and its secondary effects. …


Welcome to Data Stewards Network (DSN) Bookmarks — a biweekly curation of news, research, and other insights related to the systemic, sustainable, and responsible management of data for public benefit. If you would like to receive our resource curation in your inbox every week, subscribe here. Have an interesting article, report, or initiative worth sharing? Send it to us at datastewards@thegovlab.org

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Highlights:

The European Commission High-Level Expert Group on Business-to-Government Data Sharing released a report providing a detailed overview of how B2G data sharing for the public interest can be scalable, responsible, and sustainable. …


Welcome to Data Stewards Network (DSN) Bookmarks — a biweekly curation of news, research, and other insights related to the systemic, sustainable, and responsible management of data for public benefit. If you would like to receive our resource curation in your inbox every week, subscribe here. Have an interesting article, report, or initiative worth sharing? Send it to us at datastewards@thegovlab.org

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Creating Societal Value through Data Collaboration

Geoff Boeing et al shared a paper at SSRN titled, Housing Search in the Age of Big Data: Smarter Cities or the Same Old Blind Spots?, which investigates if “technology platforms serve as information equalizers or do they reflect traditional information inequalities that correlate with neighborhood sociodemographics.” …


Welcome to Data Stewards Network (DSN) Bookmarks — a biweekly curation of news, research, and other insights related to the systemic, sustainable, and responsible management of data for public benefit. If you would like to receive our resource curation in your inbox every week, subscribe here. Have an interesting article, report, or initiative worth sharing? Send it to us at datastewards@thegovlab.org

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Gender Data

Bapu Vaitla, Stefaan Verhulst, Linus Bengtsson, Marta C. González, Rebecca Furst-Nichols & Emily Courey Pryor published a new essay in Nature examining The Promise and Perils of Big Gender Data. …


Pooling Data and Expertise to Combat Illegal Fishing

By Michelle Winowatan, Andrew Young, and Stefaan Verhulst

This is the second installment of an ongoing series of case studies on Data Collaboratives and Data Stewardship. These case studies intend to provide insights toward leveraging private data for public good in a systematic, sustainable and responsible manner. Subscribe to our Data Stewards Newsletter to be notified of future releases.

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Summary: Global Fishing Watch, originally set up through a collaboration between Oceana, SkyTruth and Google, is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to advancing responsible stewardship of our oceans through increased transparency in fishing activity and scientific research. Using big data processing and machine learning, Global Fishing Watch visualizes, tracks, and shares data about global fishing activity in near-real time and for free via their public map. To date, the platform tracks approximately 65,000 commercial fishing vessels globally. …


Improving Drug Research Efficiency through Biomarker Data Sharing

By Michelle Winowatan, Andrew Young, and Stefaan Verhulst

This is the first of an ongoing series of case studies on Data Collaboratives and Data Stewardship. These case studies intend to provide insights toward leveraging private data for public good in a systematic, sustainable and responsible manner. Subscribe to our Data Stewards Newsletter to be notified of future releases.

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Summary: Accelerating Medicines Partnership (AMP) is a cross-sector data-sharing partnership in the United States between the National Institutes of Health (NIH), the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), multiple biopharmaceutical and life science companies, as well as non-profit organizations that seeks to improve the efficiency of developing new diagnostics and treatments for several types of disease. To achieve this goal, the partnership created a pre-competitive collaborative ecosystem where the biomedical community can pool data and resources that are relevant to the prioritized disease areas. …


A Descriptive Analysis and Typology of Existing Data Collaborative Practices

By Andrew J. Zahuranec and Michelle Winowatan

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A new decade is on the horizon and, with it, an opportunity to revisit old practices and embrace new ones. For data-driven organizations looking for new ways to work more openly, effectively, and legitimately, much of this reflection has centered on data collaboration. Coined by The GovLab in 2015, data collaboratives are new forms of partnership in which participants from different sectors — in particular companies — exchange data to create public value. …


When: May 22, 2019, 2:30 pm

Where: Centre Internet et Société, Room 255 (2nd floor Berzélius side), 59–61 rue Pouchet, Paris 17th

To register, please email cis [at] cnrs.fr | More info

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Data Collaborative” refers to an emergent form of public-private partnership in which actors from different sectors exchange and analyze data (and/or provide data science insights and expertise) to create new public value and generate new insights. …

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