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Since 2013 we have been funding work to promote greater access to legal information in sub-Saharan Africa. We were reasonably confident that this work made a positive difference, but the supporting evidence was often lacking. In an attempt to redress the balance, we commissioned mySociety to conduct some research on the impact of this work […]

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Since 2013 Indigo has been supporting efforts by the British Library to conserve and digitise materials from their War Office Map Archives. This latest post – written by the Library’s Nick Dykes (Project Manager, Modern Maps) and reproduced here with his kind permission – gives an update on some of the stories the work has […]

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Historically, comprehensive and up-to-date legal information has been hard to access for a variety of reasons. In a pre-internet age the costs of printing, storing, updating and accessing physical publications were high and the information would sooner or later go out of date. These costs were often then passed on to consumers of that information, […]

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Commentators and pundits often bemoan political apathy among citizens, particularly younger ones. It’s a trend common to many countries including South Africa where news articles, research reports and opinion pieces regularly warn of the dangers of such apathy. Yet opportunities for meaningful participation can be hard to come by, especially for those who may be […]

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The following press release comes courtesy of 360Giving.  For the first time, organisations wanting to address social issues can easily combine and visualise data to get deep insights into their grantmaking. Coinciding with Open Data Day, 360Giving, the charity that was created by a philanthropist to help donors make better decisions, is launching a free […]

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For several years, Indigo has supported a variety of initiatives in sub-Saharan Africa to make parliamentary information more accessible. Understanding how and why these tools are used and how they may be improved is essential if technologists, civil society and others are to make parliamentary information of value to the people they claim to serve. […]

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A new report launched today examines how social tech ecosystems in sub-Saharan Africa can be better supported to achieve greater impact. The study, written by Madeira-ITI and developed in partnership between Comic Relief, Indigo Trust and Nominet Trust looks at emerging technologies and their role in current development practice. In addition, it offers practical and […]

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Giving Evidence and think-tank Charity Futures break new ground in researching what matters to charities and donors and they’re looking for your help. Together they are launching a consultation to find out which topics donors and charity leaders most want more research on. They are inviting input from charities, foundations and donors and the output will […]

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Our friends over at 360Giving have recently launched their Challenge Fund. They are inviting anyone with an interest in design, analytics or data journalism to turn the 360Giving dataset into original visualisations, so that maximum value of the dataset can be unlocked. The £20,000 prize fund will award prizes of between £2,000 and £6,000 to the […]

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The British Library, with funding from the Indigo Trust, has recently conserved, catalogued, digitised and made freely available online a further 1,100 images of maps and associated documents relating to East Africa.  The material represents part of the War Office (now Ministry of Defence) Archive of cartographic and topographic material produced in the late-eighteenth and early-nineteenth […]

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