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Open Algorithms: Participatory Design for Data Projects

The Open Algorithms project is a socio-technological innovation to leverage private sector data for public good purposes by “sending the code to the data” in a privacy-preserving, participatory, commercially sensible, scalable, and sustainable manner. This brief highlights replicable lessons from the experiences of OPAL pilot projects in Senegal and Colombia in terms of participatory design of data projects.

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Building a Local SDG Data Monitoring System for Baltimore: Insights from the US National Reporting Platform and New York City

The National Reporting Platform for the SDGs, which is an open-source website with code available on GitHub for developers to potentially use for local reporting, is a welcomed advance for local jurisdictions to interactively track progress on the Global Goals. Read this brief for recommendations on subnational reporting and engagement with open data portals.

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Reconciling polycentric administrative data: Improving drinking water security in rural Bangladesh

In Bangladesh, uncertainty of water quality, reliability, and affordability attached to largely unmonitored and privately managed water points pose significant risks to consumers, regulators, and service providers striving to achieve the goals of safely managed drinking water systems. This paper identifies the need to create information systems which aggregate data inputs from multiple sources, and derive value for multiple purposes.

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Data Tools for the California Bay Area: Actionable Intelligence for Cities to Support SDG Achievement

Stanford’s Sustainable Urban Systems Initiative (SUS) worked with the Sustainable Development Solutions Network and a variety of local stakeholders in the California Bay Area to test SDG localization strategies. SUS has identified this main challenge: We need actionable intelligence at the city level to achieve the SDGs.

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