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Why Big Data Is Not Truth

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Don’t let the rhetoric fool you, a Microsoft researcher says: Big Data is a human tool, which means it is subject to all kinds of miscollection, misapplication and abuse.
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A new term, "Big Data fundamentalism" — the idea with larger data sets, we get closer to objective truth.”

This article summarizes a talk by Kate Crawford a researcher at Microsoft during a Big Data Conference: http://dataedge.ischool.berkeley.edu/2013/


She offers up 6 Myths:


Myth 1:  Big Data Is New

(It's been around for a while, like all disruptive tech trends - it sometimes takes years to ramp up and then fade into being part of life."


Myth 2:   Big Data Is Objective


Need to have information literacy skills - know the context of your data - it may be skewed.     This is why you can't be "data-driven" and have to be "data-informed"



Myth 3: Big Data Doesn't Discriminate


It isn't color blind or gender blind.   When people create data sets, those become fallible human tools.    Data is something we create but also something we imagine.



Myth 4:   Big Data Makes Cities Smart


It is only as good as the people using it.    Devices are proxies for public needs.   


Myth 5:  Big Data Is Anonymous


Talking about privacy issues related to public data -- with a cell phone data you can identify 50% of who made the call with two data points, with four data points identify 95%.  Finger prints require 12 data point to identify someone.



Myth 6:  You can opt out


Uses Instagram as an example when they shared TOS.   What it didn't have was a paid option so you could pay a fee and opt out.    Will there be a two-tiered system in the future for people who want and can afford to control their data?   


"Before Big Data becomes a fact of life,  need to think about how we will navigate these systems - for individuals and society. 

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Excel Skills Builder—Learn how to create spreadsheets and workbooks, use formulas, and perform data analysis - Office.com

Excel Skills Builder—Learn how to create spreadsheets and workbooks, use formulas, and perform data analysis - Office.com | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
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The excel basics

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Datahero

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This tool lets you upload your spreadsheets, it analyzes your data, and auto generates visualizations.  I haven't tried it yet, but I am wondering if it does my laundry too.    Seriously, curious about whether it is any good.  

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Beyond Boring Bar Charts: How to Fool Excel into Making (Pretty Muc...

Ignite presentation given at the Nonprofit Technology Network's (NTEN) Nonprofit Technology Conference (#13NTC) on April 11, 2013 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Tir
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Marion Conway - Consultant to Nonprofits: 2013 State of the Nonprofit Sector Includes Analysis Tool

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The Nonprofit Finance Fund has released the results of their 2013 State of the Nonprofit Sector Survey and it is chock full of important information and analysis tools for nonprofits.  The study had nearly 6000 respondents and the online survey analyzer allows you to do subset analysis.  This article features some highlights of the overall survey. Marion Conway has summarized the important points.

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Alex Soojungkim Pang (askpang) on Twitter

Alex Soojungkim Pang (askpang) on Twitter | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
The latest from Alex Soojungkim Pang (@askpang). I study people, technology, and the worlds they make.
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Calming Computing - book coming out in August Distraction Addiction - has a twitter of people focusing on this.

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6 Quiet Habits for Working with Data & Excel - Excel & Data Training Chicago | DataScopic

6 Quiet Habits for Working with Data & Excel - Excel & Data Training Chicago | DataScopic | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
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A few good tips

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PhilanTopic: How RWJF Tackles the 'Social Media, So What?' Question

(Debra Joy Perez [@djoyperez] currently is serving as interim vice president of research and evaluation at the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the largest healthcare philanthropy in the country.
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The latest Q&A in the series, featuring Debra Joy Perez, the foundation's interim vice president of research and evaluation, explores how RWJF's use of social media, which has become essential to its communication efforts, can be measured to reflect the impact of that work in the context of achieving the foundation's larger social change goals.

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Why saving the world with data means finding your inner CEO

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The SumAll Foundation, a non-profit effort by cloud analytics startup SumAll, is trying to change the world by showing non-profits how to get the most out of their data by thinking more like businesspeople do.
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Profile of the work that SumAll is doing 

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Connect with students to “MOOC-source” your data

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The following is a guest post Amit Jain, lead researcher and marketing director at Coursolve. These days, it’s all too easy to find examples of “Big Data” making an impact. From solving crimes to f...
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Here's another resource for finding data nerds who can work with nonprofits! 


We have a different sort of solution in mind – one that harnesses the untapped potential of students. As institutions of higher education dramatically expand their data science offerings, countless students are gaining new skills, but aren’t putting them to use with real-world datasets. Next month, we’re giving tens of thousands of those students from around the world the chance to do something more exciting: work with your data to strengthen your impact.

Nonprofits of all types are now invited to apply to “Introduction to Data Science,” a massively open online course to be taught next month by Prof. Bill Howe of the University of Washington. As part of the course, students will have the option to complete a project in which they work with a real dataset to address the needs of an organization. As they learn techniques in data visualization and trend identification, these students will apply what they learn to help drive your organization’s future initiatives. The insights they offer could strengthen your impact and identify areas for growth.

In a world with limited resources, it just makes sense to utilize student talents and creativity to strengthen your work. Tens of thousands of students have already registered for the course – don’t miss your chance to recruit thei

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Big Data Week - Myths and Legends

Presentation by Nick Halstead on some of the Myths around Big Data.
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Humerous but good overview of big data from point of view of vendor

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Customer Journey Analytics and Big Data

Companies that want to turn excellent customer experience into growth need to master Customer Journeys. Customer Journeys (the set of interactions a customer ha
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Need A Google Alerts Replacement? Meet Talkwalker

Need A Google Alerts Replacement? Meet Talkwalker | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
With Google Alerts coming under fire as being broken, an impressive new service has stepped up to appeal to those seeking an alternative: Talkwalker.
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Jeff Domansky's curator insight, April 26, 2013 6:52 PM

Will be exploring longer term, but first look is encouraging.

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How to Measure the Reach of Your Facebook Posts (and then Increase It)

How to Measure the Reach of Your Facebook Posts (and then Increase It) | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
Learning how to measure the Reach of your Facebook posts is critical. This blogpost teaches you how to measure Facebook Reach and then increase it.
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Thorough description of how ot measure reach

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Hashtag Analytics - Tweet Binder

Hashtag Analytics - Tweet Binder | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
Analyze your hashtags to get the best metrics to measure impact and reach with your tweets sorted in categories.
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Dataviz! "Or, How to Win at Communication & Influence People"

Created for and presented at The California Wellness Foundation's Organizational Learning and Evaluation conference May 2013. #calwellnessOLE
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Media Impact Funders's curator insight, May 30, 2013 9:02 AM

Win win for communications.

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Twitter Tools: 6 Tools to monitor the effectiveness of your tweets

Twitter Tools: 6 Tools to monitor the effectiveness of your tweets | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
When you send out tweets on twitter it's great to know how many people have interacted with them. Here are 6 tools that will help.
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Measuring What Matters

More than 80% of nonprofit leaders recently surveyed believe that demonstrating impact through performance measurement is a top priority. Yet for many, evaluat
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This presentation is a high  level overview of several resources to improve nonprofit measurement practice and several case studies on social impact assessment.    The presentation comes from Mayur Patel who is Director of Evaluation for the Knight Foundation.     


The accompanying blog post is here.

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Social Impact & Assessment Tools | Foundation Center

Social Impact & Assessment Tools | Foundation Center | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
Browse or our innovative database for approaches to social impact assessment, guidelines for creating and conducting an assessment, and ready-to-use tools for measuring social change.
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Think Again: Big Data - By Kate Crawford

Think Again: Big Data - By Kate Crawford | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
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But is big data really all it's cracked up to be? Can we trust that so many ones and zeros will illuminate the hidden world of human behavior? Foreign Policy invited Kate Crawford of the MIT Center for Civic Media to go behind the numbers:

"With Enough Data, the Numbers Speak for Themselves."

Not a chance. The promoters of big data would like us to believe that behind the lines of code and vast databases lie objective and universal insights into patterns of human behavior, be it consumer spending, criminal or terrorist acts, healthy habits, or employee productivity. But many big-data evangelists avoid taking a hard look at the weaknesses. Numbers can't speak for themselves, and data sets -- no matter their scale -- are still objects of human design. The tools of big-data science, such as the Apache Hadoop software framework, do not immunize us from skews, gaps, and faulty assumptions. Those factors are particularly significant when big data tries to reflect the social world we live in, yet we can often be fooled into thinking that the results are somehow more objective than human opinions. Biases and blind spots exist in big data as much as they do in individual perceptions and experiences. Yet there is a problematic belief that bigger data is always better data and that correlation is as good as causation.

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SNA TIG Week: Jes Koepfler and Derek Hansen on Manipulating Network Graph Aesthetics in NodeXL to Visualize Online Community Engagement · AEA365

SNA TIG Week: Jes Koepfler and Derek Hansen on Manipulating Network Graph Aesthetics in NodeXL to Visualize Online Community Engagement · AEA365 | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
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Lesson Learned: We created the graph below using NodeXL. It shows the 5 key types of participation that visitors can engage in on the ACTion Alexandria website. In this graph, each dot represents a site visitor. Color represents how many activities site visitors have performed (e.g., orange=all 5 activities, dark blue=just 1 activity). Size also indicates the number of activities site visitors have performed. Each line represents an activity the site visitor engaged in on the website. The thickness of the lines (also referred to as edge thickness) shows the number of times a site visitor has performed an activity.

The graph highlights the following things about site participation:

  1. Most people only perform one activity, although a significant number perform two activities.
  2. Voting is by far the most popular way that people engage with the site.
  3. Blog posters post many times, but don’t tend to comment on each other’s blogs.
  4. People who engage with multiple types of activities are more likely to engage in them multiple times (i.e., have thicker lines).
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The SumAll Foundation

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SumAll.org is a non-profit organization dedicated to doing social good by analyzing data. One of the biggest challenges facing charities and non-profits is the lack of resources and data analytics at their disposal.
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More help for nonprofits! https://twitter.com/morriscox/status/329358542844870657

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More signal less noise: why attention matters but engagement is a t...

Originally presented by Simon Nash at Internet World London 2013
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Not sure I agree that it is an output vs outcome ...

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Amita Malhotra's curator insight, April 30, 2013 12:59 AM

The title says it all - '...engagement is a tactic not an outcome.'

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Lean Analytics: A short summary

I gave this presentation about the Lean Analytics book at the Lean Startup Meetup in Karlsruhe.
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Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler! - Data Management Chicago | DataScopic

Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler! - Data Management Chicago | DataScopic | Measuring the Networked Nonprofit | Scoop.it
Would you bet? If a person was in Data Management and a musician, that person would likely be a drummer or bassist. Let's think about it.
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Good data scientists = good musicians

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