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Our Community seeks applications for data transformation reference group

Data is reshaping our world. New tools allow us to collect, distil, understand and act on data like never before, accelerating the pace of change.

We want to make sure the Australian social sector can grasp the possibilities presented by these new tools. We see big opportunities to use evidence to inform smarter and more effective programs, and to remove systemic barriers that prevent progress.

That's why Our Community is taking a second look at the technology platforms we oversee - GiveNow, SmartyGrants, the Funding Centre, Good Jobs, and the Institute of Community Directors Australia. We want to understand more about the data flowing through those platforms so we can mobilise it to create and inspire positive social change.

In April 2016, we released a taxonomy (CLASSIE - Classification of Social Sector Initiatives and Entities) to underpin our efforts to join the dots from one platform to the next - allowing the classification of social projects on a mass scale for the first time in Australian history.

We are now convening a reference group comprising representatives of not-for-profits, government agencies, philanthropic and corporate convenors and funders, together with Australia's leading ethicist, to guide the shift into the data era.

The reference group will provide advice on data security, data privacy and data use principles that are right for the sector, and for the times.

Expressions of interest for joining the Our Community data transition reference group are welcomed and can be made by emailing Our Community's Group Managing Director, Denis Moriarty, at denism@ourcommunity.com.au. Please provide your name, organisation (current and past, as relevant), and your interest area. Expressions of interest close at 5pm AEDT December 9, 2016.

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