PROMOTING A PEOPLE-CENTERED BIG DATA REVOLUTION

Founding institutions and initial core members

Harvard Humanitarian Initiative
MIT MediaLab
Overseas Development Institute

Additional core member

Flowminder Foundation

Core funding provided by

Rockefeller Foundation

Main project funding provided by

World Bank Group
Hewlett Foundation
World Bank Group

Hosted in NYC by

ThoughtWorks

Our Mission

Data-Pop Alliance is a global coalition on Big Data and development
created by the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative, MIT Media Lab, and Overseas Development Institute that brings together researchers, experts, practitioners, and activists to promote a people-centered Big Data revolution
through collaborative research, capacity building, and community engagement. As of February 2016, Flowminder Foundation has joined Data-Pop Alliance as its fourth Core Member.

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Big Data and Development Events

September  2016
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  • ANDICOM | Big Data: Leveraging National Economic Development
    Starts: 12:00 pm, September 2, 2016
    Ends: 12:45 pm, September 2, 2016
    Description: ANDICOM is the gathering point for the ICT industry in Colombia and South America, to create business opportunities through face to face networking activities, as well as a trade shows and a top level academic agenda.

    Emmanuel Letouzé, Director and Co-Founder of Data-Pop Alliance, will give a joint keynote with Simón Gaviria, Director of Colombia's Departamento Nacional de Planeación (DNP), on "Big Data: Leveraging National Economic Development" during Day 3 of the event (2 September 2016), 11:00-11:45am COT.

    The full agenda can be found here: http://andicom.co/agenda-academica-2/
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  • "Is Data literacy the next data science?" Keynote Talk at 5th Annual Big Data Innovation Summit
    Starts: 11:00 am, September 8, 2016
    Ends: 11:30 am, September 8, 2016
    Location: Seaport World Trade Center, Boston
    Description: Emmanuel Letouzé, Director and co-Founder of Data-Pop Alliance, has been invited to speak about Data Literacy at The Innovation Enterprise's Big Data Innovation Summit, which will take place on September 8-9 in Boston. The talk will highlight the importance of Data Literacy in leveraging and shaping the future of Big Data.

    This is the fifth annual Big Data Innovation Summit. This year's main themes include Customer-Centric Applications of Analytics, Information Governance to Generate Value & Reduce Risk, Fostering a Data-Driven Culture, and Implementing a Data Analytics Strategy. See the full agenda here: https://theinnovationenterprise.com/summits/big-data-innovation-boston-2016/schedule
  • Data Literacy Workshop at the Boston Innovation Summit
    Starts: 4:00 pm, September 8, 2016
    Ends: 5:00 pm, September 8, 2016
    Location: Boston Innovation Summit
    Description: “Data literacy” is increasingly presented as a necessary condition and desirable feature of the unfolding ‘data revolution”. Although there is evidently partial truth in these views, what ‘data literacy’ exactly means, entails, and is meant to achieve is often left hanging. "Data literacy” is too often simply defined as “the ability to use data”, while in some cases, being data literate means not using data—for example if it has not been collected ethically. This talk will argue that in the 21th Century being ‘data literate’ will be as much a fundamental human capability as a useful professional skillset, both an enabler and marker of human agency. Mass data literacy conceptualized as literacy in the age of data will be as essential to development and democracy as mass literacy has been during the 20th century. Building this kind of data literacy across institutions and groups will require large-scale sustained and connected initiatives and investments that have not yet materialized but need to be urgently promoted.

    More information here: https://theinnovationenterprise.com/summits/big-data-innovation-boston-2016/workshop-schedule1

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  • Build Peace 2016
    Starts: September 9, 2016
    Ends: September 12, 2016
    Location: Zürich, Switzerland
    Description: The 3rd annual Build Peace conference will take place in Zürich, Switzerland September 9-11, 2016 and focus on "Peace through Technology: Towards Transformation."

    The three main themes of the conference are:

    1. Political
    A central question for many peacebuilders is the extent to which their work can enter politics or must remain impartial. Technology increasingly affects political spaces, making this question all the more prescient for peacetech.

    2. Socio-cultural
    Creating a critical mass for peace requires shifts across a society. The behaviors and cultural manifestations of individuals and groups must transform to support a new network of relationships on which peace can be built.

    3. Ethical
    Whether we engage in political or socio-cultural transformation to build peace through technology, there are a set of values that guide how we go about our work. What are the ethics of transformation from the peacetech perspective?

    For more information, including the agenda, visit: http://howtobuildpeace.org/
  • Build Peace Conference: Perceptions of Peace Workshop
    Starts: 8:00 am, September 9, 2016
    Ends: 12:00 pm, September 9, 2016
    Location: Zürich, Switzerland
    Description: This year's Build Peace conference theme is: "How can we use technology, arts and research for peace, towards transformation?" Learn more about Build Peace 2016 here: http://howtobuildpeace.org/programs/

    On the first day of the conference, Data-Pop Alliance's Emmanuel Letouzé and Andrés Clavijo will conduct a workshop called Perceptions of Peace. The workshop will include presentations on data literacy and data inclusion, data analysis techniques for measuring and monitoring perception, and break out sessions to dive deeper into relevant Big Data methodologies and tools related to perceptions of peace and security. More details about this workshop can be found here: http://howtobuildpeace.org/bigdata/
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  • Build Peace 2016
    Starts: September 9, 2016
    Ends: September 12, 2016
    Location: Zürich, Switzerland
    Description: The 3rd annual Build Peace conference will take place in Zürich, Switzerland September 9-11, 2016 and focus on "Peace through Technology: Towards Transformation."

    The three main themes of the conference are:

    1. Political
    A central question for many peacebuilders is the extent to which their work can enter politics or must remain impartial. Technology increasingly affects political spaces, making this question all the more prescient for peacetech.

    2. Socio-cultural
    Creating a critical mass for peace requires shifts across a society. The behaviors and cultural manifestations of individuals and groups must transform to support a new network of relationships on which peace can be built.

    3. Ethical
    Whether we engage in political or socio-cultural transformation to build peace through technology, there are a set of values that guide how we go about our work. What are the ethics of transformation from the peacetech perspective?

    For more information, including the agenda, visit: http://howtobuildpeace.org/
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  • Build Peace 2016
    Starts: September 9, 2016
    Ends: September 12, 2016
    Location: Zürich, Switzerland
    Description: The 3rd annual Build Peace conference will take place in Zürich, Switzerland September 9-11, 2016 and focus on "Peace through Technology: Towards Transformation."

    The three main themes of the conference are:

    1. Political
    A central question for many peacebuilders is the extent to which their work can enter politics or must remain impartial. Technology increasingly affects political spaces, making this question all the more prescient for peacetech.

    2. Socio-cultural
    Creating a critical mass for peace requires shifts across a society. The behaviors and cultural manifestations of individuals and groups must transform to support a new network of relationships on which peace can be built.

    3. Ethical
    Whether we engage in political or socio-cultural transformation to build peace through technology, there are a set of values that guide how we go about our work. What are the ethics of transformation from the peacetech perspective?

    For more information, including the agenda, visit: http://howtobuildpeace.org/
  • SciDataCon 2016
    Starts: September 11, 2016
    Ends: September 18, 2016
    Location: Denver, CO, USA
    Description: SciDataCon 2016 is part of International Data Week [http://www.codata.org/events/conferences/international-data-week-2016], September 11-17, 2016, Denver, Colorado, USA.

    Convened by CODATA and WDS, SciDataCon 2016 is a scientific research conference that will advance the frontiers of data in research. This means addressing a range of fundamental and urgent issues around the ‘Data Revolution’ and the recent data-driven transformation of research and the responses to these issues in the conduct of research. SciDataCon features scientific papers from a wide range of perspectives. The scope is explicitly broad and inclusive, addressing all aspects of the role of data in research.
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  • SciDataCon 2016
    Starts: September 11, 2016
    Ends: September 18, 2016
    Location: Denver, CO, USA
    Description: SciDataCon 2016 is part of International Data Week [http://www.codata.org/events/conferences/international-data-week-2016], September 11-17, 2016, Denver, Colorado, USA.

    Convened by CODATA and WDS, SciDataCon 2016 is a scientific research conference that will advance the frontiers of data in research. This means addressing a range of fundamental and urgent issues around the ‘Data Revolution’ and the recent data-driven transformation of research and the responses to these issues in the conduct of research. SciDataCon features scientific papers from a wide range of perspectives. The scope is explicitly broad and inclusive, addressing all aspects of the role of data in research.
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  • SciDataCon 2016
    Starts: September 11, 2016
    Ends: September 18, 2016
    Location: Denver, CO, USA
    Description: SciDataCon 2016 is part of International Data Week [http://www.codata.org/events/conferences/international-data-week-2016], September 11-17, 2016, Denver, Colorado, USA.

    Convened by CODATA and WDS, SciDataCon 2016 is a scientific research conference that will advance the frontiers of data in research. This means addressing a range of fundamental and urgent issues around the ‘Data Revolution’ and the recent data-driven transformation of research and the responses to these issues in the conduct of research. SciDataCon features scientific papers from a wide range of perspectives. The scope is explicitly broad and inclusive, addressing all aspects of the role of data in research.
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  • SciDataCon 2016
    Starts: September 11, 2016
    Ends: September 18, 2016
    Location: Denver, CO, USA
    Description: SciDataCon 2016 is part of International Data Week [http://www.codata.org/events/conferences/international-data-week-2016], September 11-17, 2016, Denver, Colorado, USA.

    Convened by CODATA and WDS, SciDataCon 2016 is a scientific research conference that will advance the frontiers of data in research. This means addressing a range of fundamental and urgent issues around the ‘Data Revolution’ and the recent data-driven transformation of research and the responses to these issues in the conduct of research. SciDataCon features scientific papers from a wide range of perspectives. The scope is explicitly broad and inclusive, addressing all aspects of the role of data in research.
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  • SciDataCon 2016
    Starts: September 11, 2016
    Ends: September 18, 2016
    Location: Denver, CO, USA
    Description: SciDataCon 2016 is part of International Data Week [http://www.codata.org/events/conferences/international-data-week-2016], September 11-17, 2016, Denver, Colorado, USA.

    Convened by CODATA and WDS, SciDataCon 2016 is a scientific research conference that will advance the frontiers of data in research. This means addressing a range of fundamental and urgent issues around the ‘Data Revolution’ and the recent data-driven transformation of research and the responses to these issues in the conduct of research. SciDataCon features scientific papers from a wide range of perspectives. The scope is explicitly broad and inclusive, addressing all aspects of the role of data in research.
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  • SciDataCon 2016
    Starts: September 11, 2016
    Ends: September 18, 2016
    Location: Denver, CO, USA
    Description: SciDataCon 2016 is part of International Data Week [http://www.codata.org/events/conferences/international-data-week-2016], September 11-17, 2016, Denver, Colorado, USA.

    Convened by CODATA and WDS, SciDataCon 2016 is a scientific research conference that will advance the frontiers of data in research. This means addressing a range of fundamental and urgent issues around the ‘Data Revolution’ and the recent data-driven transformation of research and the responses to these issues in the conduct of research. SciDataCon features scientific papers from a wide range of perspectives. The scope is explicitly broad and inclusive, addressing all aspects of the role of data in research.
  • Symposium on Big Data and Human Development
    Starts: 9:30 am, September 16, 2016
    Ends: 10:30 am, September 16, 2016
    Location: Oxford
    Description: This event, held by the Oxford Internet Institute, will include keynote talks by Professor Sandy Pentland and Dr. Linnet Taylor, as well as Dr. Nuria Oliver and other scholars. Dr. Emmanuel Letouzé, Director of Data-Pop Alliance, will present a session entitled, "Algovernance: Can Open Algorithms Revive Democratic Principles and Processes?"

    Further details and a full program agenda of the entire event, which spans September 15-16, is available here: http://bigdatadevelopment.oii.ox.ac.uk/2016/08/31/symposium-on-big-data-and-human-development-sept-15-16-2016-final-programme/
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  • SciDataCon 2016
    Starts: September 11, 2016
    Ends: September 18, 2016
    Location: Denver, CO, USA
    Description: SciDataCon 2016 is part of International Data Week [http://www.codata.org/events/conferences/international-data-week-2016], September 11-17, 2016, Denver, Colorado, USA.

    Convened by CODATA and WDS, SciDataCon 2016 is a scientific research conference that will advance the frontiers of data in research. This means addressing a range of fundamental and urgent issues around the ‘Data Revolution’ and the recent data-driven transformation of research and the responses to these issues in the conduct of research. SciDataCon features scientific papers from a wide range of perspectives. The scope is explicitly broad and inclusive, addressing all aspects of the role of data in research.
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  • University of Genoa Workshop: Data for International Cooperation in developing and Emerging countries
    Starts: 8:30 am, September 21, 2016
    Ends: 9:30 am, September 21, 2016
    Location: University of Genoa Via Balbi, 5, 16126 Genova, Italy
    Description: Data-Pop Alliance's Director Emmanuel Letouzé will open the afternoon session of this international seminar with a talk about opportunities related to Big Data and development. This workshop will begin at 9:30am, and is open to students and the general public.
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  • Data-Literacy Conference
    Starts: 4:00 am, September 23, 2016
    Ends: 6:30 am, September 23, 2016
    Location: Conservatory Darius Milhaud, 380 Avenue Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, 13100 Aix-en-Provence, France
    Description: This Data Literacy Conference will be held in Aix-en-Provence in Southern France. Data-Pop Alliance's Director Emmanuel Letouzé will deliver one of six keynote speeches during the Conference Plenary, which will define and discuss Data Literacy. The event, which will gather leading experts as well as administrative and business actors, will include workshops, conferences, networking, and more over the course of two days (September 23 -24).

    More information here: http://dataliteracyconference.net/

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  • Data For Good Exchange 2016: "Better Governance"
    Starts: 8:30 am, September 25, 2016
    Ends: 5:30 pm, September 25, 2016
    Location: Bloomberg Global Headquarters, 731 Lexington Ave, New York, NY 10022
    Description: The data revolution has enabled businesses to provide better service, at a lower cost, and to more customers, at a scale of change not seen since the industrial revolution. While the corporate sector has effectively engaged the academic community in their problems, public and non-profit sectors have seen comparatively less application of data science methods.

    Since 2014, Bloomberg has been hosting a yearly conference on applications of data science to problems related to the social good.This forum has enabled participants from academia, industry, government and NGOs to share insights and progress on applying modern machine learning and data science methods to problems in public and non-profit sectors.

    On Sunday September 25th 2016, we will reconvene to strengthen our community and further these aims. The overall theme for this year's edition will be "better governance" or how data science can be applied to solve public interest problems.

    Emmanuel Letouzé is on the D4GX program committee.
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Our Next Event

The Open Algorithms (OPAL) project: unleashing the power of private sector data for public good
Starts: 9:45 am, October 7, 2016
Ends: 10:45 am, October 7, 2016
Location: Madrid, Spain
Description: Starts: 9:45 am, October 7, 2016

Ends: 10:45 am, October 7, 2016

Location: Madrid, Spain

Description: Emmanuel Letouzé, Director and Co-Founder, Data-Pop Alliance, will speak at the 2016 International Open Data Conference (IOCD) in Madrid, Spain this October about a new Data-Pop Alliance Project. The speech, titled "The Open Algorithms (OPAL) project: unleashing the power of private sector data for public good," will delve into the potential impacts that can be made by the private sector through collaborative development projects such as Data-Pop Alliance's Open Algorithms (OPAL) project.

More details about this event can be found here: http://opendatacon.org/agenda/

Activities

We work through research, training, and engagement activities and launched two new initiatives this fall.


RESEARCH

Advancing knowledge and innovation with Big Data

 

We combine the unique strengths of our founding institutions and partners to analyze the applications and implications of Big Data and development. We develop thought pieces, empirical research papers, and

 

TRAINING

Building capacities and connections in Big Data

 

We develop curricula, trainings, and hands-on workshops with local communities, government and elected officials, data and social scientists, and journalists in order to enhance their willingness and ability to shape the Big Data revolution.

 

ENGAGEMENT

Crafting ethical and equitable systems for Big Data

 

We are involved in policy debates, partnerships, and grassroots advocacy efforts to promote a Big Data revolution that reflects core values of equity and empowerment, enabling people to navigate and transform their own environments.

 
 

WORKING GROUPS

Encouraging academic collaborations across Big Data themes

 

We design and support individuals around the world to work together in one of our five thematic areas, animated by our network of Research Affiliates, to produce and share ideas in areas they are most passionate about.

 

DATA SPACES

Developing strategies and activities in regional Big Data ecosystems

 

We convene global networks of key actors and activities into Regional Data Spaces that aim to foster synergies within and between regions in Big Data and development, catalyzing and coordinating efforts to promote a people-centered Big Data revolution.

 
 

Press

Mentions of our projects and people.