On the one hand CIOs Say Information Management Programs Are Underfunded while on the other firms like Morgan Stanley Takes On Big Data With Hadoop.
The way it has typically been done for 20 year is that IT asked the business what they want, creates a data structure and writes structured query language, sources the data, conforms it to the table and writes a structured query. Then you give it to them and they often say that is not what they wanted.
– Gary Bhattacharjee, executive director of enterprise information management at Morgan Stanley
Do you see the weak link?
Citizen Engagement, Aid Coordination, and Transparency: An Experience from Mapping of Data in the Horn of Africa
When: Tuesday, October 11, 2011, from 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m. Washington D.C. time
Live Webcast at: http://streaming7.worldbank.org/vvflash/extlive1
Comments or questions: please use Twitter (#mapdataafrica)
Drought, conflict, and rising food prices have created one of the worst humanitarian crises in the Horn of Africa in decades. As areas of famine have grown over the past few months, data about the impact and response are sobering: food prices have increased nearly 200 percent, 750,000 people estimated to be at risk of starvation, and 2.4 billion U.S. dollars are needed to provide relief. There is a great need to understand, disaggregate and communicate this type data to increase citizen engagement and bolster a strong, coordinated international response. Sharing data about the famine’s impact and response can increase citizen engagement, improve coordination among organizations, and increase transparency of those involved in the relief effort.
This seminar, organized by World Bank, will present the recent work of Development Seed in the Horn of Africa. Development Seed is a firm which offers services to government, international development agencies, and the private sector to creatively use data for visualization and mapping in order to help those organizations to explain complex issues and improve their decision-making.
Chair: Johannes Sebastian Kiess, Operations Officer, World Bank Institute
Eric Gunderson, President, Development Seed
Dave Cole, Project Lead, Development Seed
Alexandre Marc, Lead Social Development Specialist, World Bank
Joshua Goldstein, Consultant, ICT Sector Unit, World Bank
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<ed.note>I thought it might be an interesting exercise to revisit some predictions I made in the ADRIS Newsletter back in the day.</ed.note>
Dr. David O.
Most of the content of previous
ADRIS began with a strong mission to
I became involved with ADRIS just as
I came to the conclusion that it would
As some of you know,
I thought I would use
<ed.note>This movement/philosophy is referred to now (2009) as "Open Data".</ed.note>
<ed.note>Insert standard iPod/iTunes University story here.</ed.note>
<ed.note>While the degree to which models of commercial higher ed schools, charter schools, home schools have multiplied — and with this a variety of distance and web-enabled ed models, the credentialing oligarchy is still in place. It is worth observing that undergraduate standards are being developed via an initiative under the auspices of the National Governors Association (with 47 States participating). I expect these credentialing folks to be overturned as the public becomes aware that the true bottleneck (say for nurses and doctors) is not the number of students who can enter programs (say medical school) but the number of folks/process society have deemed authoritative to determine competency on the outcomes side of the ed pipeline. The for-profit ed model will necessarily have to begin lobbying for alternative accreditation mechanisms within 5 to 10 years for their profitability to continue as their stock holders demand. Also, this just in at BusinessWeek.</ed.note>
<ed.note>Note the growth of P2P-based development like Grameen Bank, Kiva, etc. and tools like Relational Tithing.</ed.note>
<ed.note>While legacy newspapers struggle to find a way to monetize their next incarnation (hint: it's aggregating and/or researching data which can be gained nowhere else than from their subscribing readership — imagine think tank-portal-citizen journalism-distributed computing a la SETI@home crunching results), Chuck Martin has been surveying business leaders finding unique real-time insight. My general impression – how many cutting edge leaders are ready for the global digital enterprise enabled collaborative results-only work environment? – um, not so many. An indicator in specific follows: "Business leaders are not confident that their department or organization has an effective plan or strategy to deal with social networking."</ed.note>
August 24, 2009 – Social Networking for Business
Summary (survey results below):
No matter the title or the size of the company, the majority of business leaders have a low confidence level that their department and/or organization has a plan/strategy on how to effectively use social networking for business.
Sixty-six percent or senior executives and managers said they have a low
level of confidence and 12 percent have a high level of confidence.
Twenty-three percent were neutral.
More managers than top executives have a low confidence level in their
business' dealing with a social networking strategy, with 74 percent of managers
having a low confidence level compared to 59 percent of executives.
By company size, more of those in large businesses have a low confidence
(73%) that their organization has a plan on how to effectively use social
networking compared to those in small businesses (64%).
More of those in small businesses (14%) have a high level of confidence in
their organization's approach vs. those in large businesses (8%).
Of the businesspeople who use social networking, 77 percent use LinkedIn, 31
percent use Facebook, 25 percent use Blogs and 18 percent use Twitter.
An earlier study about social networking conducted by NFI Research showed
Thanks to all who participated in the survey.
Detailed Results follow:
When it comes to using social networking for business, what is your
confidence level that your department and/or organization has a
plan/strategy on how to effectively use it?
Of those who use social networking, Which of the following services do you use for BUSINESS purposes? (check all
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Select responses from NFI Research members:
- With the exception of LinkedIn, the vast majority of business
executives I encounter have little or nothing to do, from a business perspective, with
social networking sites.
– Social networking is a key strategy for our organization.
– We currently block and have policies against using social networks
for business purposes.
Thank you for your input!
If you have colleagues (other senior executives or managers) who you think
would benefit from participating in our surveys, you may invite them to
Just have them go to the following link to sign up for free.
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Also, Going Green is slated for Sept 10-12 at UC-Davis. I’ll get to see if HP, IBM, or SUN ( not the first to do this here – kudos to Amit Kulkarni ) pick up on the geothermal heat exchange equipped data center approach I suggested via chat at AO2007. Oh, will the venture capital establishment ever discover me here on the "Innovation Plantation"? what more could they want? — I’ve already got the dot commie domain name. ;-)</ed.note>