No, “Nonprofit Data Jam” is not the label on the mix CD you listen to while deduping your donor data file. 🙂 It’s an upcoming event in DC, hosted by the New America Foundation, on the topic of how funding and grants data could be shared and used in other ways. It should be pretty interesting – a brainstorming session of sorts about what could be done with data from philanthropic foundations.
Much has been made of the power of open data provided by governments, but the aim of this get-together is to push the discussion into how data gathered by foundations and other funders could be republished, mashed up, or otherwise used for new purposes and serve the common good. Read the “modest manifesto” by Lucy Bernholz that started it all: http://philanthropy.blogspot.com/2010/03/open-philanthropy-modest-manifesto.html
Information on the event from New America Foundation: http://www.newamerica.net/events/2010/open_data
Imagine if communities, donors, journalists, and funders had easy access to grants information from foundations. What new insights could we gather about needs and opportunities in our communities? How might foundations and individual donors work together, or foundations and public funders? What untold stories about local heroes might the media tell?
Please join us on May 10 from 12:30 to 2:00 p.m. at the New America Foundation (1899 L Street, NW) for a rapid-fire brainstorming, networking, and idea jam on philanthropic data as the fuel for the future. We will livestream the event. Twitter #GiveData.