All posts by Nisha Thompson

Bangalore DataMeet Up: July 31st

On Thursday we had a DataMeet up! We would like to thank the Ashoka India offices in Bangalore for  hosting us and providing chai and snacks!


You can see the notes on the DataMeet HackPad and Thej’s presentation here.  The topic was getting data from large scale telephone data collection methods.  Thej shared his experience using these techniques on a political campaign and at NextDrop.

It was a really great meeting and we had an interesting conversation on what tools to use to for what, what was effective and also methodology strategies.

Looking at telephone related data collection some of the interesting findings regarding the response rates to different outreach techniques.

Response rates from out reach techniques:
Responses to SMS – 6 to 8%
Responses to missed call – 12%
Responses to IVR – 20 to 25%
Some big questions regarding telephonic data collection. Are people comfortable giving out their numbers? Seems they are as long as you represent yourself in a straightforward manner and convey that people will get information from doing this.
What are the ethical ways to get contact information and demographic information? There are many ways to get this information but it might be worth doing your own baseline, data collection first to build trust and get cleaner data.
There are more great insights in the notes and the presentation feel free to look them over and ask questions in the comments.

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Democracy Datablog – Chandrashekhar Raman

So it is done, done and dusted. It has been more than 2 week since the results came in, and quite a couple of weeks it has been, a time of celebration for some and introspection for others. The BJP capped its phenomenal campaign with a final tally of 282 seats, in the process making this the first election in 30 years where one party has been able to win a simple majority on its own.  In the last post, I rambled on wondering what kind of ‘wave’ would be needed to drive the BJP to the kind of victory the opinion polls predicted for the BJP. The semantic debate seems settled now, nothing less than ‘tsunami’ would do to explain the upsurge of support that the BJP was able to muster especially in the keys states of UP and Bihar, a tsunami that has shattered many tenets of Indian politics and left several questions in its wake.


Indian Shapefile Central

With the upcoming GeoBlr next week I thought it was a good moment for you all to take a look and help us build up our GIS data directory.

The most common question on the list is how to get access to geo spatial data.  So we decided to start putting up some resources online. Which, will also include background, policy information, and other resources for people interested in learning more or using geo spatial data.

Please contribute sources you like to use.  Or feel free to ask questions about geo spatial data on the list or request a session to learn some hands on skills.

Also if you are in Bangalore please sign up to attend GeoBlr at CIS on June 5th.