At present, it is not possible to find a complete dataset on all charitable grants in the UK. 360Giving exists to change this. Alice Casey and Edafe Onerhime offer an overview of 360Giving, which supports funding organizations in publishing their grants data in an open, standardized way and helps people to understand and use that data to support decision making and learning across the charitable giving sector.
Alice Casey works at Nesta, funding and supporting innovative social projects and working with activists and entrepreneurs. Alice is also a director of 360Giving, which helps charitable foundations and funding bodies publish their data openly and use it effectively.
Edafe Onerhime supports governments, businesses, civil societies, and the third sector with technical advice on open data through Open Data Services, a digital cooperative that incubates open data standards and helps people publish and use open data. Open Data Services supports, among others, 360Giving and Open Contracting; two standards adopted by the UK government at the May 2016 anti-corruption summit and in the UK National Action Plan. Edafe first encountered open data while preparing her dissertation on the quality of UK health open data; she now hosts data clinics to provide free advice on making sense of data, mentors people interested in improving their data skills, and trains a diverse audience in open data and data literacy. She is also a regular speaker at events, with a focus on bringing tech to the people and demystifying data. Edafe holds a master’s degree in business intelligence. She champions digital literacy, diversity and inclusiveness, particularly for the third sector, women in technology and minorities.
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