Development Gateway is proud to announce the launch of the Open Aid Geocoder, a new open-source geocoding tool developed in partnership with the World Bank’s Open Aid Partnership. The Open Aid Geocoder works in tandem with aid and project information management systems to assign precise geospatial data on the locations of development projects. The Open Aid Geocoder has been built using the latest innovative technologies, such as React and Reflux, mixed with other popular libraries such as Leaflet, i18next and Bootstrap, compiled together using Webpack, and can be integrated with all standard and custom-built aid information and project management systems via a small set of API endpoints.
The Open Aid Geocoder utilizes the geocoding fields of the International Aid Transparency Initiative data schema for geocoding, ensuring that data is comparable across countries and development partners. Geographic information is stored in GeoJson format, the premier open standard format used for storing geographic data, facilitating easy integration with various internal systems. The tool itself is licensed under an Apache 2.0 open source license. By focusing on international standards and open source software, Development Gateway continues to play a leading role in contributing to a growing community of practitioners that are striving to make better decisions about resource allocation using geospatial data.
Building on DG’s open contracting work and reinforced by the global pandemic, we took stock. So where does open contracting data currently stand? Frankly, it is promising, but we still have a way to go.
As we review our strategy, we plan to share here much of what we’ve learned through programming in more than a dozen countries – from our work and from our excellent partners – about the state of data in agriculture, tobacco control, open contracting, and the extractive industries. For each theme, we’ll explore who are the key data users, the decisions they make, the most important data gaps, and the crucial risks of data (mis)use. Here we share previews from some of our flagship programs.
DG is pleased to announce the publication of our latest white paper, Designing Data Strategies: A Playbook for Action. This work aims to distill lessons learned from our research and collaboration, designing data strategies with development and humanitarian agencies. In the current ‘data revolution’ era, data and digital are both a strategic asset and a source of institutional risk.