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Open Development Explained

on September 21st, 2012 at 11:13:37 AM

We're proud to show you our short video defining “Open Development” and explaining its potential, with a focus on Open Data.

Open Development Explained from Open for Change on Vimeo.

There are many new ways to let citizens, organisations, governments and companies work together, and share knowledge and information using internet and mobiles, to help solve some of our biggest problems.
How do we make the data and information meaningful for the groups we want to empower with these new tools? How do we create new services, new business models, and new ways of campaigning?

New publication: business intelligence in the aid sector

on September 12th, 2012 at 11:59:41 AM

Announing a new publication: "An Information Platform for Business Intelligence in the Aid Sector based on Open Data and Documents; Integrated Access to structured and unstructured data using the document-oriented database CouchDB", by Michiel Kuijper.

Earlier this year, I was approached by Michiel Kuijper, who was working on his Bachelor degree at the Amsterdam University of Applied Sciences, and was looking for a project to combine Business Intelligence and text mining. Together, we started exploring how to apply this in the development aid sector.

In development aid, more and more information on aid activities is becoming available as structured data published according to the IATI standard. At the same time, a lot of mostly unstructured information is available in documents. We wanted to bring these two together.

  • From a business case perspective: how can a "business intelligence" approach help in data processing and analysis, based on performance indicators.
  • From a technical perspective: how can we deal with the large variety and volume of the data and documents.
  • From an information perspective: how can we combine a variety of structured and unstructured information for various purposes.

Michiel has put all of this together in a proof of concept "platform for business intelligence" based on CouchDB, using OpenCalais to annotate documents and with a front-end based on Exhibit and Simile.