Nonprofitmapping.org is a GREAT new example of data as a platform for change.
Here's what the folks behind NonprofitMapping are trying to do:
"NonProfitMapping.org will transform previously inaccessible data sets into useful knowledge than can be made broadly available using the Web, geospatial mapping tools, and social media."Another way to put this is (as was just tweeted by @SVTgroup) "one of the best ways to really do "venture philanthropy" is through sharing data... open philanthropy." I couldn't agree more. The building blocks of open philanthropy rely on data sharing. The article on technology and philanthropy I'm working on for Fall publication posits that data will be the platform for the social economy (philanthropy to impact investing) going forward.*
NonprofitMapping looks like a great effort. I just ran through the "team" page and realized I know some of these folks. Gotta go try to get on the phone with them and learn more about it. I'll be watching this. You should too.
*Now in draft form. Please make note in comments or email me [lucy (at) blueprintrd dot com], or tweet @p2173 if you'd like to be sent a copy when it is published from the Duke University Center for Strategic Philanthropy and Civil Society