Talking About a Data Revolution
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Talking About a Data Revolution

\Date: Thursday, April 10, 2014
Time: 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. ET (14:00 – 15:30 GMT or convert time)
Location: Online

The data revolution is underway—offering policymakers, businesses, and citizens unprecedented new opportunities to make informed decisions for better lives. This event will discuss the data phenomena from different angles, identifying concrete actions related to:

· How can the post-2015 Development Agenda enable a transformational change in data activities for improving accountability and providing new services?

· What are the most pressing policy needs?

· How can we support countries to take ownership and create, open up, and maintain their own data that captures the realities on the ground?

· How can open data enhance accountability?

· How can new technology-driven data (e.g. from remote sensing and crowd sourced data from mobile phones) help fill gaps?

· What is the potential for new and/or innovative funding sources?· What new forms of public-private collaborations will be necessary?

Related Links:

- Blog: Public, Private, and International Organizations Call for a Data Revolution


President, World Bank Group
World Bank Group Senior Vice President for the 2030 Development Agenda, United Nations Relations, and Partnerships.
Deputy Secretary General, United Nations
Director, Development Data Group, The World Bank Group
Minister of Finance, Malawi
Director General, Policy and Global Programmes,Department for International Development
Chief Exective Officer, Open Data Institute
President, InterAction
Read what others are asking
Dominick Egan
Data is great if it isn't or hasn't been subject to selection or confirmation bias at the beginning. Any ideas on how to build capacity in developing countries to encourage standards and good principles at the collection/creation stages? Thanks.
Gérard Chenais
The Hight level panel wrote: Building the statistical capacities of national, subnational and local systems is key to ensuring that policymakers have the information they need to make good policy. The UN Statistical Commission should play a key role. Will statistics and national statistical capacity be discussed as recommended by the HLP?
Ben Hu
Do we really understand what “Data” really is in this Big Data era, so and the “Revolution”? and I wish to learn and understand more in specifics and in what particular way which have affected the Bank, both in its policy/decision making and research/operation, in comparison to say what the Bank has been doing before the ‘Revolution’, if I may.
Thomas Ward
United States
How is data to be derived? Flat or constructed such as GDP? Who is to be the governance of the data / source of data? How will data be consistent (ie when there are gov't shut downs), qualified, validated, and updated? Note: Few Businesses Are Focused on Unstructured Data 90% world's data was created in the last 2 years! How is data changing your business? Learn more: and a comment to the Change to GDP calculations? On NPR there was a story about changes to how GDP is calculated. and history of revisions... McKinsey - The Value of Open Data I look to attending. Thank you. Tom Ward Global Banking and Capital Markets & International Development 703-470-5047 Email: Skype: Thomas.Richard.Ward Linkedin: Ensuring transitions into successful transformations Turning Knowledge into Know-How > Knowledge and results through collaboration; Learn to Share, Share to Learn - in the spirit of 'Pay It Forward', pass it on...
George Nakhleh
United States
What is the potential for data-driven technologies to empower civil society in a way that's complementary to top-down solutions (e.g. sharing economy, participatory government)?
Salisu Musa
This is indeed a welcomed initiative in the bid to rid many communities of acute Africa and Asia.
Thomas Ward
United States
Eight (No, Nine!) Problems With Big Data A very recent piece by GARY MARCUS and ERNEST DAVIS from New York Times discusses what big data can and can not do
Christine Zhang
United States
Who do you see as the most important consumers/users of open data -- sophisticated technical "data scientist" types, or the more "mainstream" communities (who may not know how to manipulate the datasets you publish)?
Ben Hu
I wish to see a white paper kind from the Bank, comprehensively and holistically clarifying how the Bank would do its development business, from strategy to operation, differently from what it used to, so the term ‘Revolution’ is used here, versus say ‘Evolution’. Is there one already available? Thx.