This is so irritating on so many levels – where to begin?
I’m curious what parts you find irritating. I think that there are a lot of good points in the article that probably aren’t obvious to TechCrunch readers — a pretty specific audience that might not have much knowledge of international development. Certainly this advice is not applicable to every project/organization, but on the other hand many projects fail to scale due to some of these issues.
Full disclosure: I have been involved with several of the projects mentioned in the article and currently work with the author @ekochi
I can’t find any other reporting about this Umoja disaster other than on Fox News. Anyone know about this thing?
All this piece does for me is make me want to read something less “axe-to-grind”. Let us know if you find something
Ha! I don’t know this thing but I do know the “reporter”— he’s the same guy who got all bent out of shape about how Unite for Climate and other UN sites/campaigns were “proselytizing children” in the run up to COP 15: http://fxn.ws/X4GjoC
I think he makes a very good point that local data – data that is referenced geospatially – is what is going to get people excited. And governments are very slow to give this away.
Yeah thats a great point. Though I hope the excitement about geotagged data calms down a bit. Since there is so little geotagged data, most organizations seem compelled to just put pins on a map for every geotagged dataset and assume its useful.
Maybe if more datasets were geotagged we’d see fewer useless maps (as the novelty wears off) and hopefully some maps that enable better insight into the data.
I don’t know. Latitude and longitude are just metadata. The data still has to be interesting.
The stuff most of us are interested in: who is doing what and who owns what. (With the where of course)