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Inventory database source code and documentation released

by , Wednesday December 5th, 2012

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As a part of the Global Impact Study's commitment to open research, we have released the source code for the inventory database for other developers to use and adapt. The web application is written in PHP, using the Symfony framework, with a MySQL database back-end. Accompanying the source code is basic documentation describing the various components of the system. The extent of documentation is intended for individuals with experience deploying these types of environments. Please note that development of the Global Impact Study inventory database has ended. Although most bugs have been addressed, there is the possibility that some remain. As such, please treat the code as beta. This is open-source software licensed under the terms of the GNU General Public License v. 3.

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Updated user survey dataset available

by , Monday September 10th, 2012

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The Global Impact Study has updated the user survey dataset on the Global Impact Study web library. Most of the data remains the same - the only change to the dataset was to fix the above and below poverty line variables due to a syntax error in the previous dataset.

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Global Impact Study releases user survey data

by , Monday July 16th, 2012

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Global Impact Study releases user survey data

The Global Impact Study is pleased to announce the release of our user survey data. Over 5,000 public access ICT users were surveyed in libraries, telecenters, and cybercafes in Bangladesh, Brazil, Chile, Ghana, and the Philippines. The data collected through these surveys is now publicly available in both SPSS/SAV and CSV formats. Accompanying the data at this time are two documents: a "readme" file that provides information on the complexities of the data, including survey skip patterns, and a document that explains new variables that have been added to the data to aid in data analysis.

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Open data, open research discussion at ICTD 2012

by , Tuesday April 3rd, 2012

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Open data, open research discussion at ICTD 2012

The Global Impact Study held a session during ICTD 2012 in Atlanta to discuss open data and open research. After providing an overview of the Global Impact Study, survey instruments, and open research and open data, we divided the participants into three groups (the public/users, researchers, and sponsors/funders) to hear perspectives from different types of stakeholders. Each group discussed five questions regarding open data and open research. Even though it is challenging to talk about the multitude of issues surrounding open data in a short session, we received a considerable amount of relevant and useful feedback. Varying audiences, such as the public, researchers, and sponsors/funders, all have different considerations, priorities, and ideals of an open data approach. There are many factors, from a variety of viewpoints, that go into an open research approach and opening up data to the public.

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Survey instruments available

by , Tuesday March 6th, 2012

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We are pleased to announce that our survey instruments are now available for download and use. As part of our open research approach, we have released the survey instruments, corresponding survey codebooks, and the methodology report for other organizations and research projects to use and adapt for public access ICT survey needs. The user, venue, and non-user survey instruments and codebooks are available for download in our web library. Free registration and sign-in is required for instrument and codebook downloads. The methodology report can also be found in the web library.

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