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Big and Open Data for the Common Good

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New ways of capturing, sharing and analysing data have the potential to transform how community and voluntary sector organisations work and how social action happens. However, while analysing and using data is core to how some of the world’s fastest growing businesses understand their customers and develop new products and services, civil society organisations are still some way off from making the most of this potential. Projects described in this report show that better data can help provide a better understanding of the often neglected but vitally important role of social action. As demonstrated by the projects in this paper, there is real potential in using data–driven methods to both help charities develop better services and products, and understand civil society activity.

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Written by Giorgio Bertini

February 25, 2015 at 11:03 am

Movenote – Presenting ed documents with Video

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Movenote is a one-of-a-kind video presentation tool online and on your portable devices. Movenote is incredibly versatile and is being used in education for blended and flipped learning and in everyday messaging. Recording your presentations is easy and quick and everything is sharable online by email or social media with a simple link. Since everything is on a cloud server, you can access your videos practically anywhere and with the statistics tool you will be able to see who watched your video and when. Movenote videos can be watched on any device that supports video, no matter if they have movenote on them or not. You can use movenote directly from your Gmail and your Google Drive and on any desktop computer, laptop, iOS or Android device.

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Written by Giorgio Bertini

February 14, 2015 at 2:22 pm

Flipped MOOCs to boost Education

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The Ministry of Education recently announced that it would provide the online courses in Korea in a MOOC format, combining them with lectures conducted on-site. Minister of Education Hwang Woo-yea proposed the idea at a cabinet meeting on Feb. 3, 2015. “We will select around 20 high-quality classes in universities in Korea and begin the program at the end of the year,” he said. “By 2018, we will provide some 500 online courses.” Education experts have assessed that the implementation of the MOOC platform will have a tremendous impact on Korea’s education landscape. “This new system of learning in which students take lectures online and conduct discussions in class, so-called ‘flipped learning,’ will spread in many universities,” he said, adding that some universities have already changed their regulations by replacing traditional offline course credits with MOOC credits. Since 2013, Tsinghua University and Peking University in China have allowed students who have participated in the MOOC program to earn credit after passing designated exams.

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Written by Giorgio Bertini

February 14, 2015 at 11:45 am

Digital Social Innovation

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We are setting up a network of organisations that use the Internet for the social good. Explore 1007 organisations with 633 collaborative research and innovation projects. “Digital Social Innovation is a type of collaborative innovation in which innovators, users and communities co-create knowledge and solutions for a wide range of social needs exploiting the network effect of the Internet.” This site is part of an EU wide research project on Digital Social Innovation (DSI). The European Commission has funded the project to build a living map of organisations that use digital technologies for the social good. Today the growth of digital services has resulted in an imbalance between the dramatic scale and reach of commercial Internet models and the relative weakness of collaborative alternatives, mainly filling marginal niches and unable to gather a critical mass of users and exploit the network effect. However, The DSI communities play a key role to enable grassroots innovation that leverage the power of the Internet. That’s why the European Commission is creating new research programmes, funding instruments and policies to support grassroots social innovators and encourage citizens participation within the framework of the Digital Agenda for Europe.

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Written by Giorgio Bertini

February 11, 2015 at 11:28 am

Advanced Ancient Inventions beyond Modern Understanding

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We’ve lost the secret to making some of history’s most useful inventions, and for all of our ingenuity and discoveries, our ancestors of thousands of years ago are still able to baffle us with their ingenuity and discoveries. We have developed the modern equivalent of some of these inventions, but only very recently.

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Written by Giorgio Bertini

February 10, 2015 at 3:10 pm

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Crowdsourcing in the Humanitarian Network – An Analysis of the Literature

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The recent explosion of Internet technology enabled the world to be more and more connected. With such a new network, the possibilities of crowdsourced e volunteer efforts rise during disasters. People from around the world can act as an emergency responder by fulfilling simple tasks, which in the mass have proven to be a valuable support to humanitarian aid agencies. The crowd can also just act as a sensor or social computer, where their real-time online reports in social media can contain useful information during a crisis. International organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank are increasingly joining crowdsourcing projects and seek support from upcoming Volunteer Technical Organizations (VTC), that perform crowdsourcing. Mostly the cost-efficiency and timeliness data delivery is fostering this new movement, which has its clear advantages over traditional efforts that generally need more time. A quick answer to a disaster is indispensable for emergency agencies. But for all that, challenges remain to be investigated. Accuracy, trust and security issues particularly hinder the adoption of crowdsourced data, although several solutions exist. This paper seeks to define the humanitarian aid crowdsourcing community, the associated projects and the challenges and chances that come with incorporating crowdsourced information in disaster response.

Crowdsourcing for humanitarian aid has already a solid variety of options, which work, but can still be further improved. The Volunteer community is growing every year and comprises a huge potential help, when a disaster happens. I recommend researchers and emergency agencies to fully utilize this workforce.

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Written by Giorgio Bertini

February 10, 2015 at 12:29 pm

Crowdsourcing in the Humanitarian Network – An Analysis of the Literature

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The recent explosion of Internet technology enabled the world to be more and more connected. With such a new network, the possibilities of crowdsourced volunteer efforts rise during disasters. People from around the world can act as an emergency responder by fulfilling simple tasks, which in the mass have proven to be a valuable support to humanitarian aid agencies. The crowd can also just act as a sensor or social computer, where their real-time online reports in social media can contain useful information during a crisis. International organizations such as the United Nations and the World Bank are increasingly joining crowdsourcing projects and seek support from upcoming Volunteer Technical Organizations (VTC), that perform crowdsourcing. Mostly the cost-efficiency and timeliness data delivery is fostering this new movement, which has its clear advantages over traditional efforts that generally need more time. A quick answer to a disaster is indispensable for emergency agencies. But for all that, challenges remain to be investigated. Accuracy, trust and security issues particularly hinder the adoption of crowdsourced data, although several solutions exist. This paper seeks to define the humanitarian aid crowdsourcing community, the associated projects and the challenges and chances that come with incorporating crowdsourced information in disaster response.

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Written by Giorgio Bertini

December 12, 2014 at 1:33 pm