Not On the Kotlin-Android Bandwagon Yet?

kotlin
So Google just bestowed their blessing unto our new null-safe, statically-typed friend. Is it too early to get on board? No, it is not. Is it worth the trouble? There is no trouble. What is it? Just in case you’ve been living under a rock, Kotlin is a programming language…
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5 Ways Technology Can Improve Your M&E

The monitoring and evaluation (M&E) process is turning into a spry new creature with technology. With increasing emphasis on real-time feedback, more rigorous data collection, and quantifiable results, the spread and use of Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) in monitoring and evaluation — ‘ICT4M&E’ in short — has sparked massive interest,…
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Anu Acharya
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Data Is Fundamentally Changing Mindsets: An Interview with Anu Acharya, MapMyGenome

Anu Acharya is founder and CEO of MapMyGenome India, a Hyderabad-based genomics company. GenomePatri, its flagship product, helps you discover your genetic predisposition – what diseases you are likely to get, for instance – by profiling your gene makeup. The vision: “Better Health through Technology”. Acharya, who is an alumnus…
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Interested in Joining the SocialCops Team? Here’s What You Need to Do.

At SocialCops, we are a team of engineers, data scientists and entrepreneurs united by one common belief — that data intelligence can play a role in solving the world’s most critical challenges. And we’re always looking for passionate individuals to join our team. However, we are very particular about our…
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Tata Trusts - Data Driven Governance - Chandrapur
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Siloed Data Is the Biggest Challenge for Data-Driven Governance: An Interview with Poornima Dore, Tata Trusts

From education to health and nutrition to natural resource management, Tata Trusts’ footprint in a wide array of sectors makes it one of the most authentic voices on complex development issues in India. Now the Mumbai-headquartered organization is throwing its might behind a crucial reform process: championing data-driven governance to…
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7 Types of Evaluation
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The 7 Types of Evaluation You Need to Know

Development programs have to prove that they have had a strong and positive impact. Different types of evaluations are invaluable in showing the benefits of a program to backers, sponsors, and program beneficiaries. In the past, measuring development programs involved pen-and-paper surveys and many people. This was inefficient, expensive and time…
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debjani ghosh
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Culture of Data Use Will Make it Easier to Deal with Failure: An Interview With Debjani Ghosh, Intel

Debjani Ghosh, Intel’s Vice President, Sales and Marketing Group, and Managing Director, South Asia, is one of the region’s most prominent technology evangelists. Under her leadership, the Santa Clara, California-based chipmaker has evolved into a key strategic ally of the Indian government’s digital literacy and innovation programs. Ghosh says data-driven…
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cash transfers
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Cash Transfers: The Deceptively Simple Idea Whose Time Has Come

For a long time, governments have used in-kind welfare schemes to tackle poverty. In-kind schemes provide goods or services — food for schoolchildren, checkups for pregnant mothers, food stamps for families below the poverty line, etc. These in-kind welfare schemes are often complicated and multi-layered, so often only a small…
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Economic Times: SocialCops Tackles Real World Problems with Data Intelligence

  We’re excited to be included in the Economic Times’ Do Big Stories, a series of videos about the best digital innovations being powered by Indian companies. Check out the video and article to learn about the biggest bottleneck in data-driven decision making in the developing world, how our platform is being…
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data visualization meetup
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SocialCops’ First Data Visualization Meetup

Data visualization and visual analytics is one of the fastest growing disciplines in today’s increasingly data-driven world. With use cases spread across diverse domains — healthcare, policy, sports, governance, journalism, and more — data visualization is being used extensively by decision-makers to make important decisions in a fraction of seconds.…
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data, big data, smart city, tata trust
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Community Mapping and Micro-Planning Project for 264 Villages Across Vijayawada

Mr. Srinivas Kesineni, the Member of Parliament (MP) from Vijayawada in Andhra Pradesh, in partnership with the Tata Trusts undertook a community mapping and micro-planning program for 264 villages. The program covered Vijayawada’s four Assembly constituencies — Jaggaiahpet, Mylavaram, Nandigama, and Tiruvur. The goal — transform every one of the…
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indian agriculture
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Using Open Data to Invest $8 Million in Indian Agriculture

Agriculture is the backbone of India’s rural economy. According to the 70th round of the NSSO Report, nearly 60% (or 90.2 million) of the country’s rural households are involved in farming, which makes agriculture the largest employer in rural India. Most of these farmers are small and marginal — farmers who cultivate between 0…
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The Guardian: Data Pioneers Aim to Close the Development Gap in Rural India

“The problem [Prime Minister] Modi has is scale and limited resources. Prukalpa Sankar, co-founder of New Delhi startup SocialCops, believes the solution lies in open data. By using public data to create a realistic picture of social problems, Sankar says resources can be allocated more quickly and effectively.” SocialCops was…
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brand equity
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Brand Equity: Here’s how SocialCops’ Prukalpa Sankar is making a difference with data

Here’s how @SocialCop’s Prukalpa Sankar is making a difference with data. Read: https://t.co/lUJi7qCImg #KyooriusDesignyatra2016 @Kyoorius — Brand Equity (@ETBrandEquity) September 30, 2016 In September 2016, Prukalpa took some time away from the office to speak at Kyoorius’ Designyatra in Jaipur. While she was there, Brand Equity, an initiative of the…
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smart cities
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Building Smart Cities: The Data-Driven Way

In September 2016, we were invited to speak at the 4th year of The Big 5 Construct India 2016 in Mumbai. The conferences gathered the best of the construction industry and the latest solutions specifically tailored for the Indian built environment under one roof. In total, the conference featured 150 exhibitors (including us!) from…
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Why Mobile-Based Data Collection Is Here to Stay: An Interview With Kailash Karthik, IAS

From solving hard business challenges with IBM’s emerging markets strategy division to tackling complex civic problems as the Sub-Divisional Officer (Civil), Rangia, Kamrup District, Assam, Kailash Karthik’s career is a study in contrasts. As a young bureaucrat, Karthik says he was sold on the power of data and technology in aiding efficient…
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agriculture in india
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Data-Driven Decision Making for Agriculture in India

Though it produces surplus food, India is home to the largest undernourished population in the world. While the production of rice and wheat has grown consistently since Independence, the growth in pulse production has stagnated. (Pulse refers to dried peas, beans, lentils, chickpeas, and other legumes.) As a result, India…
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melt 2016
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MELT 2016: How Big Data Can Drive Big Decisions

This Saturday, August 27, we were excited to speak at ZEE MELT 2016, India’s biggest festival for creativity and innovation in marketing and communications. .@elena_christine will be live at #ZeeMelt at 12.30 pm, talking about the superpowers of #data. #InsideSocialCops pic.twitter.com/X9nVX2sxEI — SocialCops (@Social_Cops) August 27, 2016 .@Social_Cops Christine and you guys should…
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why visualize data
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Why Visualize Data?

If a picture is worth thousand words, then what about a neat data visualization? Displaying information in graphics to generate better insights is not a new phenomenon, but, with the advent of technology and increased access to data, it has become far more prominent. Once restricted to analysis of economics,…
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coup, turkey coup 2016
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What 66 Years of Data Tells Us: Another Coup in Turkey Wouldn’t Be Shocking

On July 15, 2016, a group within the Turkish Armed Forces tried to seize control of the Turkish government. The attempted coup ended a day later when forces loyal to President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan beat back the dissidents. Predictably, there was an explosion of news articles and commentary about the coup, its implications for Turkey, and how this…
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Real Numbers: Are There More Places of Worship or Schools and Colleges in India?

As we build SocialCops’ data repository, we keep creating data points and visualizations that demand to be shared. Our data newsletter, Real Numbers aims to bring this important data to you in simple bite-sized pieces. Over time, we’ll dive deep into our archives to cover everything from agriculture and education to…
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government
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7 Common Myths About Working With the Indian Government

Ministry. Secretariat. Collectorate. Panchayat Samiti. Sir. Madam. Sir. Madam. Meeting. Field Visit. Presentation. New Delhi. Nagpur. Noamundi. These are the words around which my life revolves currently. At SocialCops, we work on a large number of projects with the government. Typically, our data platform helps some of the most important…
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Real Numbers: This State Contributes Almost 40% to India’s Direct Tax Collection

As we build SocialCops’ data repository, we keep creating data points and visualizations that demand to be shared. Our data newsletter, Real Numbers aims to bring this important data to you in simple bite-sized pieces. Over time, we’ll dive deep into our archives to cover everything from agriculture and education to…
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quantifying qualitative data
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A Guide to Quantifying Qualitative Data

The ways in which qualitative data can be collected and analyzed are virtually infinite. (Guest, MacQueen, Namey, 2011) Most current researchers and social scientists prefer quantitive data. Unlike qualitative data, quantitative data is easy to measure and analyze with a wide variety of analytical techniques. Moreover, most organizations require quantitative…
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mumbai local trains
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Mumbai Local Trains: Is the Western or Central Line Busier During Rush Hour?

Mumbai’s local train system is perhaps the most complex, densely loaded, and intensely utilized rail system in the world. At least, that’s what the Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation Ltd. suggested in its latest passenger survey. The Mumbai Railway Vikas Corporation (MRVC) is a subsidiary of the Ministry of Railways. Created in 1956, the…
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wifi coffee maker
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The Internet of Coffee: Our Experience Building a Wifi Coffee Maker

Here at SocialCops, we’ve begun using Internet-of-Things technology to research solutions for some of the world’s most pressing problems: monitoring pollution, conserving energy, protecting against identity fraud, and…making coffee. “[If we could] turn on the coffee machine via slack, we’d be set,” Christine wistfully wrote one afternoon on our #coffee…
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Real Numbers: How Many Drivers’ Licenses Are Issued to Women in Delhi?

As we build SocialCops’ data repository, we keep creating data points and visualizations that demand to be shared. Our data newsletter, Real Numbers aims to bring this important data to you in simple bite-sized pieces. Over time, we’ll dive deep into our archives to cover everything from agriculture and education to…
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indian railways
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The 270,836 Women Missing From the Indian Railways

Less than 6.7% of the Indian Railways’ employees are female. These missing women pose a major challenge to the company’s message of progress. The Indian Railways is bounding forward with modern advancements. It plans to use Twitter to issue customer complaints, an app for booking paperless tickets, handheld terminals for ticket examiners, a Google…
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The Data Behind the Indian Constitution

Happy Republic Day! Republic Day honors the date that the Constitution of India was ratified, replacing the Government of India Act (1935) as India’s governing document. To celebrate Republic Day in true SocialCops style, we combed through data sources and the Constitution itself to investigate what the data shows about the Indian constitution. Here’s…
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cross tabulation
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Cross Tabulation: How It Works and Why You Should Use It

Cross tabulation is a method to quantitatively analyze the relationship between multiple variables. Also known as contingency tables or cross tabs, cross tabulation groups variables to understand the correlation between different variables. It also shows how correlations change from one variable grouping to another. It is usually used in statistical analysis…
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