This was a guest blog post first featured on Catalyst’s blog on 3rd March 2021 and is independent of Catalyst. It is a whistle-stop tour of a diverse range of practices, so please get in touch if you wish to know more. Many thanks to David Ainsworth for his editorial skills. “Everything happens somewhere” says the…… Continue reading Catalyst guest blog – How charities use geospatial data: research findings from a study of UK organisations
The phrase ‘data-driven nonprofit’ is used to describe how traditional nonprofit organisations adapt to using data, but there’s an emerging ecosystem that can be described by flipping the phrase around. ‘Nonprofit-driven data’ describes an ecosystem of data institutions that place the key tenets of the nonprofit form (non-distribution constraint, trust, public benefit, accountability) at their…… Continue reading From the data-driven nonprofit to nonprofit-driven data
“Diffusion is the process in which an innovation is communicated through certain channels over time among the members of a social system” Everett M. Rogers. In looking at how charities use spatial data, the majority of cases I’ve explored so far have been large charities that could be classed as ‘innovators’ or ‘early adopters’ of…… Continue reading Charities, change agents and the diffusion of data-driven practice
This was a guest blog post first featured on OCSI’s blog on 17th June 2019 and is independent of OCSI Amidst the wider ‘data revolution’, the UK’s third sector is undergoing a significant shift in the way that data is gathered, used and shared. As many third sector organisations are inherently spatial in nature (through…… Continue reading OCSI Blog – the power of spatial data for third sector orgs
On 14th November the UK’s first Data for Good conference took place in Birmingham and I gave a ‘quick intro’ session to mapping tools for civil society organisations. I ran through 3 examples, and thought it may be useful to provide links to the data sets and the tools. All 3 are free for the…… Continue reading Mapping tools for charities
Thanks to a suggestion from Pauline at RnR Organisation, I decided to have a go at mapping all registered charities in the West Midlands. The map shows all 13,653 charities that were registered with the Charity Commission in September 2016, and had registered with a postcode that falls within the West Midlands. The layers tab on the…… Continue reading Mapped: charities in the West Midlands using QGIS/Leaflet
I was recently invited to give a lightning talk at the West Midlands Open Data Forum’s Data Dig, which looked at Civil Society data Open Data, including open source mapping for the voluntary sector. The event was rescheduled due to poor weather, and as I couldn’t make the rescheduled date, it was suggested that I…… Continue reading What’s special about third sector geospatial data?
This research report expands upon the Centre for Social Justice’s proposal to develop an online, searchable map that shows both organisations in the UK’s third sector and the geographic and intra-sectoral areas in which they work. ArcGIS Online is used to demonstrate the possibilities for an online, third sector map. Interviews with practitioners from Emmaus…… Continue reading Cartographic Representations of the Third Sector – an exploratory exercise