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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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    This is the third podcast in a series of companion pieces that offer insights from the DfID synthesis report, "Big Data for Climate Change and Disaster Resilience."

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    This is the third video in a series of companion pieces that offer insights from the DfID synthesis report, "Big Data for Climate Change and Disaster Resilience."

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    This is the second video in a series of companion pieces that offer insights from the DfID synthesis report, "Big Data for Climate Change and Disaster Resilience."

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    This is a summary of a series of companion videos and podcasts that offer insights from the DfID synthesis report, "Big Data for Climate Change and Disaster Resilience."

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    This post summarizes the UN Side Event at the 9th Conference of States Parties to the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities

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    This post is a recap of our #digtisingEU events in Brussels, Berlin, and Madrid, and the announcement of the fourth event in Dublin to take place in partnership with the Vodafone Institute.

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    This post explains more about the launch of an Urban Living Lab in Bogotá. Bogotá's mayor's office, the Bogotá Chamber of Commerce, and Data-Pop Alliance recently signed an agreement about this project. This post is also available in Spanish.

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    Data-Pop Alliance, junto con la Alcaldía de Bogotá (en cabeza de la Secretaría de Desarrollo Económico) y la Cámara de Comercio de Bogotá han estado trabajando a lo largo de este año, en la creación de un Laboratorio Urbano para Bogotá. El pasado 27 de mayo, las tres partes firmaron un acuerdo oficial de colaboración.

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    The term “datafication” was coined to describe the consequences of the digital revolution: the growing generation, collection and storage of digital information concerning all aspects of the physical world (including earth activity, weather, climate, and biosphere), human lives and activities (including DNA, vital signs, consumption, and credit scores), and societal patterns (including communications, economic activity, and mobility).

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    We are honored to announce that Dr Nuria Oliver will serve as Data-Pop Alliance’s first Chief Data Scientist starting November 7th, 2016.

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    Following a pilot event at MIT Media Lab in June, Data-Pop Alliance formally launched its Global Professional Training Program with its first full fledged four-day intensive workshop on “Leveraging Big Data for Sustainable Development” in Bogotá, Colombia, from November 29th to December 2nd. Up to 10 workshops will take place in 2017, in Colombia, Kenya, Rwanda, Senegal, Thailand and the ... Read More

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    Algorithms are profoundly changing the world we live in; they seem to be everywhere, yet often hidden and generally poorly understood by the general public. They are referred to as ‘black boxes,’ concealing sophisticated mechanisms that crunch citizen-consumers’ data to make predictions that turn into prescriptions, and lock these subjects into their condition. However, the rise of algorithms may also ... Read More

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     Session 1: Big Data: What is it and how can it contribute to Sustainable Development of the webinar series on Data for Sustainable Development, developed and delivered in partnership with the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development, as a part of its SD Talks Special Series initiative, successfully kicked off with a record 400 registered participants and 128 attendees! If you ... Read More

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    Big Data: What is it and how can it contribute to Sustainable Development? Thursday, 30 March 2017 02:30 PM CEST Data-Pop Alliance is pleased to announce the launch of the Webinar Series on Data for Sustainable Development, developed and delivered in partnership with the UNSSC Knowledge Centre for Sustainable Development, as a part of its SD Talks Special Series initiative. ... Read More

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    Partnership for Sustainable Development Data: Mobilising Data for Leaving No One Behind Friday 28 April 2017 02:00 PM CEST | 8:00 AM EDT After the successful launch of our SD Talks Special Series on Data for Sustainable Development in March 2017, we are pleased to announce the second webinar session of the series. Organised in partnership with the UNSSC Knowledge ... Read More

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    Session 2: Partnership for Sustainable Development Data: Mobilising Data for Leaving No One Behind of the webinar series on Data for Sustainable Development, was delivered by Dr. Claire Melamed, Executive Director of Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data (GPSDD). If you were not able to attend you can still watch the session now and learn more about the GPSDD and the importance of partnering ... Read More

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    [This post has been updated to include the supporting pedagogical material] Data-Pop Alliance ran a 3-day training workshop from June 27-29, 2017 on “Leveraging Big Data for sustainable development” at the United Nations Office at Nairobi (UNON) in partnership with the United Nations System Staff College (UNSSC), as part of a comprehensive program to respond to major ‘Big Data literacy’ and data science needs and ... Read More

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