Improving Data Sharing Ecosystems
USAID’s digital strategy outlines a vision for development in the world’s rapidly evolving digital landscape. Digital ecosystems – the stakeholders, systems, and enabling environments that empower people and communities to use digital technology to gain access to services, engage with each other, or pursue economic opportunities – hold immense potential to help people live freer, healthier, and more prosperous lives. These ecosystems can help drive economic empowerment and financial inclusion, support accountability and transparency, introduce new and innovative health solutions, and make development assistance more efficient and effective. They also affect zoonotic spillover risks and our ability to control and contain them.
During recent Outcome Mapping stakeholder consultations in Uganda and Bangladesh, stakeholders mentioned the importance of developing common data sharing platforms and improved early warning systems, which require the development of simplified data sharing protocols that can be used in multiple countries, languages, and contexts.
With support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Tetra Tech is implementing the Enabling Crop Analytics at Scale (ECAAS) initiative to encourage common data sharing platforms across the globe. As part of this initiative, Tetra Tech launched the ECAAS Field Mapper for ODK – a free-to-use mobile data collection toolkit that helps organizations collect data in a standard format. The toolkit includes a tutorial video as well as access to a community help desk. Combining open access data with an improved data sharing ecosystem can improve agricultural production and food security outcomes. Imagine how it could be applied and used to reduce spillover risks!