Tag: open data

by Chris Herwig

Earlier this month MapBox launched [MapBox Satellite](http://mapbox.com/blog/mapbox-satellite/) — an aerial imagery basemap of the world created [entirely from public domain open data](http://mapbox.com/blog/open-aerial). Here are a few examples of the maps we made with this public imagery. ![Brawley, California | MapBox Satellite](http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8223/8283791795_45f3faa43b.jpg) Brawley, California | MapBox Satellite ![Lago Ohiggins, Chile | MapBox Satellite](http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8361/8283791673_6866663fbf.jpg) Lago O’Higgins, Chile [...] more »

by Nate Smith

The [United Nations Development Programme](http://undp.org) (UNDP) recently opened up data on more than 6,000 development projects implemented in 177 countries around the world last year. This is a huge win for openness and transparency in international development and project funding, and marks a release of funding information totaling $5.8 billion. With help from [Development Seed](http://developmentseed.org/), [...] more »

by Miguel Paz

That’s right: The world did not end when we launched Poderopedia’s Public Beta this Wednesday at 12:12 p.m. in the Chile time zone. So please come in, check out the menu, and grab a bite of our editorial and crowdsourced data journalism website that uses public data, semantic web technology, and network visualizations to map [...] more »

by Miguel Paz

The last months for the Poderopedia team have been full of learning, making mistakes, correcting them, and learning again in a never-ending iteration process. In the beginning of November, we started our private beta testing with friends and family, fixing bugs and updating the platform in order to release our public beta in December. When [...] more »

by Lisa Evans

At OpenSpending we really want to make it easy and fun for journalists to write great stories with data. But what can we do to help? There are already tons of ways for journalists to find newsworthy data. For example, in the U.K. there are daily email alerts for government data releases and even calendars [...] more »

by Nate Smith

To bring key aid agencies together and help drive international response, the [SahelResponse.org](http://sahelresponse.org/) data-sharing initiative maps information about the ongoing food crisis in the Sahel region of West Africa. More than 18 million people across the Sahel are at risk and in need of food assistance in the coming months, according to the United Nations. [...] more »

by Bonnie Bogle

Hundreds of delegates from government, civil society, and business gathered in Brasilia recently for the first [Open Government Partnership meetings](http://www.opengovpartnership.org/Brasilia2012) since the inception of this initiative. Transparency, accountability, and open data as fundamental building blocks of a new, open form of government were the main issues debated. With the advent of these meetings, we took [...] more »

by Juliana Rotich

At Ushahidi, we have interacted with various organizations around the world, and the key thing we remember from reaching out to some NGOs (non-governmental organizations) in Kenya is that we faced a lot of resistance when we began in 2008, with organizations not willing to share data which was often in PDFs and not in [...] more »

by Bonnie Bogle

We recently released [MapBox Streets](http://mapbox.com/tour/#maps), a zoomable web map of the world that’s powered entirely by open data through the [OpenStreetMap](http://www.openstreetmap.org/) project. Our main focus with MapBox Streets was to provide a beautiful street map alternative to the ones normally seen online, primarily Google Maps, and to make it incredibly easy for people to start [...] more »

by Bonnie Bogle

For this week’s [climate meetings in Durban](http://www.cop17-cmp7durban.com/), the World Bank [released a series of maps](http://climate4development.worldbank.org/) showing the predicted impact of climate change on the world between now and 2100. The data is dismal. If climate change continues unmitigated as it has for the past century, temperatures around the world will increase 5 degrees Celsius (9 [...] more »