Kevin Fischer authored this post.
Last week, the Initiative for Global Development (IGD) and the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) co-hosted a Twitter Town Hall to highlight the benefits of creating, accessing and using open data. The #Data4All discussion included over 100 individuals and organizations globally, including notable participants such as Senator Ben Cardin of Maryland, USAID and Oxfam. Participants discussed common themes such as the use of data in development, the Aid Transparency Index and the role of the private sector to make data easier to access and more useful.
The Town Hall helped increase public awareness of the potential and also the challenges of using open data to build sustainable, quantifiable solutions. In essence, that is why data is important. It allows individuals, governments, companies, and organizations to support and identify gaps in their work. With hard numbers to support arguments, we can build business models to attract investors’ support and understand which interventions are working – creating quantifiable results. IGD and MCC are working to ensure that open data is an actionable and useful resource for private sector companies, governments and people who want to increase their impact on poverty reduction.
See how MCC is making their data open on their Open Data Catalog. (http://data.mcc.gov/)