EVENT: Crowdsourcing and USAID Development Credit Loans « Commons Lab

USAID’s Development Credit Authority utilizes risk-sharing tools to encourage private financial institutions to increase financing for creditworthy but underserved borrowers. Geo-visualization of these loans will allow donors, host governments, and the public to see where USAID has helped enhance the capacity of the private sector to make loans to new businesses and could act as a gauge for trends or signal areas for synergy.

Until recently, these data could not be mapped due to problematic and non-standard location data for each loan. Under the policy umbrella of the First Quadrennial Diplomacy and Development Review, USAID leveraged federal partners, volunteer technical communities, and the power of crowdsourcing to perform intensive data mining and “geo-coding” to understand the geographic distribution of loans and make these data open to the public. Without any additional cost to USAID, data.gov, an online platform for hosting released data, was used for crowdsourcing for the first time.This case study details technical and policy implementation challenges and solutions to help other government entities explore how to leverage the power of “the crowd.”  This form of engagement is opening government and development to the public in an entirely new way. Interested individuals – from transparency advocates to development students to geography fanatics – virtually sit next to USAID staff as true partners working to solve a complex problem.In that spirit, TechChange (http://www.techchange.org) will be providing additional opportunities for online engagement during this event to the webcast audience. Follow the event on Twitter using hashtag #USAIDcrowd


Shadrock Roberts, Senior GIS Analyst, GeoCenter, Office of Science and Technology, United States Agency for International Development (USAID)

Stephanie Grosser, Communications Specialist and Presidential Management Fellow, USAID

D. Ben Swartley, Agriculture and Environment Officer and GIS Analyst, GeoCenter, Office of Science and Technology, USAID

When: Thursday, June 28, 2012, 12:00 – 1:30 PM

To RSVP and watch the live video stream visit: http://www.wilsoncenter.org/event/getting-little-help-our-friends-crowdsourcing-and-usaid-development-credit-loans

Where:  6th Floor Conference Room

Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars

Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center

One Woodrow Wilson Plaza

1300 Pennsylvania Ave, NW, Washington, DC 20004

This meeting is free and open to the public.

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EVENT: Crowdsourcing for Disaster and Humanitarian Response

Hacking maps for Humanitarian response, call for Volunteers next May 9th

Wilson Center: Commons Lab

Free, collaborative maps are uniquely valuable to humanitarian work, especially in places where base map data is scarce, out of date, or rapidly changing. OpenStreetMap is a web-based project to create a free and open map of the entire world, built entirely by volunteers surveying with GPS, digitizing aerial imagery, and collecting, and making accessible existing public sources of geographic data. The Humanitarian OpenStreetMap Team (HOT) serves as a bridge between the OpenStreetMap community and the traditional humanitarian responders. Over the past year, HOT has both worked on the ground in Haiti and Indonesia and supported disaster response remotely.

Please join the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars’ Science & Technology Innovation Program at 9 am on May 3 for an event focused on this organization and its work. Th event is free and open to the public, but registration is required. Registration and additional information can be found here

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