Our Top Articles of 2016

top articles of 2016
Before we dive headlong into 2017, we took a step back to breathe and assess the last year. 2016 was an iffy year for the world, but it turns out that it wasn’t so bad for our blog. Our blog got a whole new look, we launched new sections of…
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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, 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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2011 census
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A Step-by-Step Guide to the 2011 Census: Its Successes, Failures and Questions

This post is the third post in our Decoding Open Data series. The foundation of this series is our slideshare, which examines the open dataset and provides key insights and analytics about the 2011 Census.  Decoding Open Data: 2011 Indian Census from SocialCops These blog posts provide context around the Census…
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