GUEST BLOGGER SERIES: Data Mining for Development

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We are very pleased to announce the launch of our Guest Blog Series:

“Data Mining for Development: Methodological Innovations and Challenges”

The series will feature contributions from a diverse range of experts in academia, the private sector, civil society, and the development community. Each of them will touch on examples of visionary thinking and innovative approaches to data research, and provide a state-of-the-art overview of the methodological innovations and challenges around leveraging today’s immensely growing quantity and diversity of digital data into actionable information.

Collectively we hope the series will define the landscape of how data is being (or can be) leveraged to improve the processes that shape development work and enhance our ability to implement more agile policies. The ultimate goal is that conversations like these will help us develop frameworks for harnessing real-time data and innovative technologies to help vulnerable populations.

The series begins with a piece on “Social Networks and Collective Human Behavior“ from Jukka-Pekka Onnela, Assistant Professor in the Department of Biostatistics in the Harvard University School of Public Health. His work focuses on network theory analysis, with particular emphasis on social networks.

We welcome your comments and feedback as we explore this new field together.


“The Data Deluge” Illustration by gluekit via IEEE Spectrum

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