This past summer, we wrote about the increasing number of funders joining the open data movement by publishing their grant data in an open format. These funders were joining the open data “dance party” started by the Ontario Trillium Foundation and followed by the Canada Council for the Arts.
Transform the Sector is a one-day conference taking place on February 23rd at the MaRS Centre in Toronto, Ontario. This conference is an opportunity to build the digital data capacity of social sector organizations in Canada. It is the first stop on the Do Good Data / Data on Purpose world tour launched by the Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society’s Digital Civil Society Lab and Do Good Data.
We love attending ONN's yearly conference to discuss important topics, strategies and tactics in the nonprofit sector. It's also a chance for us to evaluate how the sector is progressing with its use of data. Here's our recap of the discussions about data at the conference:
016 is shaping up to be the year that Canadian foundations joined the “open” movement. Foundations and government grantmakers are increasingly adopting open data policies with the aim of mobilizing all of their resources for transformative change.
Many of us watching the U.S. election are probably wishing we had the chance to vote. Unfortunately, without American citizenship our chances aren't great. The good news? Until October 12th, we have the chance to vote on ideas that will drive change and build a stronger nonprofit sector. All that it takes is a quick read of this blog, and a few clicks.
With the rise of the open government movement, governments across the world are seeking to harness the potential of their administrative data. Data Labs are becoming an important way for governments to accomplish that objective.
Has our Prime Minister’s recent summer vacation taken Canadian transparency to a new level? Spotted by a Peterborough family emerging from a cave shirtless, our prime minister’s chiseled abs have been covered by national and international media alike. Here’s a list of what has got us wanting to take our own shirts off and run into the wide open Canadian wilderness.
We don't often talk about this, but part of Powered by Data’s original inspiration was an important innovation in international development — the International Aid Transparency Initiative (IATI). As a Canadian organization devoted to developing our nonprofit sector’s data infrastructure, it’s easy to get caught up with our work here. But it's important for us to discuss international best practices — especially when they are applicable back home.
We recently published an article in Markets for Good. It outlines some of our concerns with the BRIDGE project. Despite the good intentions of those behind it, we think that the BRIDGE project currently stands at odds with technical best practices and some of the social sector’s values…
One of our objectives is to create an enabling data environment for the nonprofit sector. This means making sure all of the different stakeholders in the sector have access to the data they need to make informed decisions.
We have made some great strides over the past three years. Datasets we have helped to “liberate” include the Canadian Revenue Agency T3010 tax forms, gaming records of the BC government, and granting records of several key funders in Canada.
Now we have a new item to add to that list.