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Aug 15, 2013

Three U.S. government agencies released loads of data on their foreign aid programs last month. So what happens when a Parliamentarian or a Minister of a country receiving U.S. development assistance wants to use that information?

Jun 03, 2013

It is not often one gets excited over a dry, hard-to-understand government memorandum, but the newly released executive orderMaking Open and Machine Readable the New Default for Government Information, and its accompanying memorandum are grounds for applause.

May 02, 2013

Today, transparency is thought to be as essential for effective development as gender equality or local ownership. Without transparency, real accountability is impossible. Without accountability, it is difficult to achieve meaningful, lasting results.

Apr 03, 2013

On President Obama’s first day in office, he signed an executive order that called for open, transparent government.

The order is based on the principles that openness should be the default position of the US Government, citizens should be given more opportunities to participate in and collaborate with the US Government, and the data the US government collects is a national asset that should be accessible to its citizens.

Mar 11, 2013

This last blog post of the series delves into the challenge of balancing the demand for more data with the need to ensure a sufficient level of data quality. For NGO Aid Map to be successful, people must view it as a source of reliable and useful information, which suggests the need to prioritize data quality. On the other hand, if the initiative seems to lack forward momentum and starts to feel stale, this also invites failure. So what direction will NGO Aid Map be taking? For reasons we’ll explain below, we’ve chosen to go wide over going deep.