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DC Big Data Exploration Final Report

DC Big Data Exploration Final Report

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More than 150 topic experts, data scientists, civic "hackers," civil society groups and development practitioners gathered at the World Bank on March 15-17, 2013 for the DC Big Data Exploration event. Working alongside Bank experts on the Poverty and Fraud & Corruption teams, data scientists uncovered new ways of collecting, exploring, and visualizing data to maximize their impact. The collaboration between the two communities yielded new insights from World Bank data, devised new ways of using existing big data sources for monitoring poverty and corruption, and created entirely new streams of data that the Bank and its partners can use in future research.

This comprehensive final report on the DC Big Data Exploration provides an in-depth look at several ‘big’ questions and includes recommendations and next steps for maximizing impact and outcomes from the initial hypotheses.
More than 150 topic experts, data scientists, civic "hackers," civil society groups and development practitioners gathered at the World Bank on March 15-17, 2013 for the DC Big Data Exploration event. Working alongside Bank experts on the Poverty and Fraud & Corruption teams, data scientists uncovered new ways of collecting, exploring, and visualizing data to maximize their impact. The collaboration between the two communities yielded new insights from World Bank data, devised new ways of using existing big data sources for monitoring poverty and corruption, and created entirely new streams of data that the Bank and its partners can use in future research.

This comprehensive final report on the DC Big Data Exploration provides an in-depth look at several ‘big’ questions and includes recommendations and next steps for maximizing impact and outcomes from the initial hypotheses.

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The World Bank team should re-run these analyses using the most recent and detailed poverty
maps available. If there are additional geospatial indicators, they should be included in the
analysis.

Based on the preliminary results and findings of the weekend, there are two definitive areas for
further exploration:

• The World Bank can reproduce the analysis prototyped at the event using the most
recent and detailed poverty data available in different countries. Testing the approach
on richer poverty maps, as well as using supplemental geographic and census data could
help uncover a deeper connection between light and poverty.

• The second area of research could be to identify additional geospatial data sources to
incorporate into future versions. Initial sources identified, like available roads and night
illumination, could contribute to a leading proxy for poverty.

Additional next projects can include adding more granular data and modeling techniques to this
prototype. Additional geospatial data, along with traditional indicators can supplement the
project for stronger correlations.

Figure 9: Change in poverty from 2001 to 2005 predicted against the actual change in poverty
using lights in 2001, lights in 2005, and poverty in 2001. (RMSE = 0.129603)

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By identifying new sources, the World Bank has an opportunity to build on this and other
geospatial-data research efforts to provide timely and granular poverty measurements.

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