Tech4Good : May 2013 – Going Big with Big Data

In This Issue…
Computing power and artificial intelligence have become so advanced that we have the ability to analyse huge amounts of data - called "big data" - to help derive insight, project trends and solve important issues. Now nonprofits have access to the computing power and applications that can be used to store, share, analyse and present data in a meaningful way.

Big Data
Research firm Gartner reports that we create 2.5 quintillion bytes of data daily, which means that 90 percent of the data in the world today has been created in the last two years alone. The data comes from social media posts, uploaded videos, the collection of traffic and weather information, and online shopping. The question is how can it be used by the nonprofit sector and used for good?

The Big Bang: How the Big Data Explosion is Changing the World

Nonprofits: Master “Medium Data” Before Tackling Big Data

Let’s Talk Big Data for Good

Bono Embraces ‘Inner Nerd’ at TED: Big Data Will Solve Extreme Poverty

Data: Store & Share It
Storing and sharing data in a way that's accessible and meaningful makes the difference between working efficiently and wasting time. Cloud computing enables nonprofits to store and share data so that it's accessible from anywhere, with any device.

Cloud Basics for Nonprofits

Access Office documents anywhere with Office 365

Overview of Sharing and Collaboration on Excel Data

Carbon Disclosure Project

Data: Analyse IT
Most nonprofits have large amounts of data but have not had the time nor the means to analyse it. The analysis can unlock insight and efficiencies, and unveil real outcomes and impact.

Training: What’s so Great about Pivot Table Reports

Pivot, Swivel and Roll: Data Management with the Stars

Video: Creating better Spreadsheets with Microsoft Excel

Use Excel Templates to Manage Data

Hong Kong’s Crossroads Foundation Enhances Operations with Microsoft Software

Data: Present It
Good graphical displays of data communicate ideas clearly, precisely and efficiently. Done well, they will convey your ideas and help make your point almost without saying a word.

Excel 2013: Create Professional-Looking Spreadsheets, Faster

Video: Foundation & Practice in Data Visualisation

Infographic Tools for Nonprofits

10 Fascinating Data Visualisation Projects

Office 2013 Donations: Find your Local TechSoup Donation Programme

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NGO Connection Days
Get together with nonprofits to learn about the latest and greatest technology for the sector.

15 May 2013
Jakarta, Indonesia

23 May 2013
Kaohsiung, Taiwan

29 May 2013
Hanoi, Vietnam

3 June 2013
Taipei, Taiwan

Webinar Series
Webinar: What Nonprofit Executive Staff Need to Know About Social Media
2 May 2013
9:00 AM
Register for the What Nonprofit Executive Staff Need to Know About Social Media webinar now!

Topic: Cloud Computing
29 May 2013
12:00 PM - 1:15 PM

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