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  • How We Use Virtual Clouds to Achieve Virtually Uninterrupted Uptime | Development Gateway
    A hardware failure is a common but manageable mishap but a service outage is a disaster So we need to separate software and operating system from hardware by some means Virtualization Virtualization provides such an intermediary layer It makes operating system and programs run inside a simulated or virtual computer For the software this computer known as a virtual machine looks and acts exactly like a real one The system that provides virtualization is called virtualization platform and acts as a bridge between actual hardware and virtual machines Virtualization allows us to perform fast deployment of software no need to install more hardware for every project scale easier adding more memory or disk space on the fly utilize resources better never keeping hardware idle use snapshots instantly saving the entire virtual machine state before significant changes But how does this protect our services from hardware failures Virtual clouds To achieve greater flexibility the virtualization platform can span multiple servers joining their combined processor power memory and disk space into pools Such servers form a whole system which is called a cloud The platform keeps track of the virtual machines in the cloud and allows moving migrating them between the servers Live migration is performed without stopping the services and is practically unnoticeable As a result hardware maintenance will not affect the users In case of unexpected server failure the high availability mechanism will instantly restart the virtual machine on the next available server Public clouds are operated by companies like Amazon Microsoft or Rackspace other companies organize private clouds for their own use Our experience I m Stepan Semenukha System Administrator at Development Gateway and I trust in the power of free and open source software which can be tailored to one s needs and used without limitations Cost efficiency

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2013/01/18/how-we-use-virtual-clouds-to-achieve-virtually-uninterrupted-uptime/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Development Gateway Extends Support in Tanzania | Development Gateway
    use system The platform now hosts over 1800 projects and holds historical aid records from 2001 to date Development partners currently update disbursement and other project information producing flash reports on a monthly basis and provide 3 5 year Medium Term Expenditure Framework MTEF projections into the system with Ministry of Finance staff validating data entered This information is then used in the government s budget planning process Development Gateway is proud to announce that it will continue to engage with the Government of Tanzania for the next 3 years 2013 2015 expanding the scope of the Aid Management Program and adding new software features that will enable more analytics and streamline the aid management process New activities that will take place over the next three years will include Upgrading the software platform to AMP 2 0 which will not only include additional tools for reporting monitoring and analysis but will enable the Ministry to create maps directly from the system Train government staff and donors on the new features and revision in the management process Extend Aid Management Program to line ministries Assess possibilities for integration with the national budget system Development Gateway is pleased to be able to

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2013/01/16/development-gateway-extends-support-in-tanzania/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Blog | Development Gateway
    in Helsinki Finland As a development professional with a technology background I am often skeptical of such events as too soft a subject What is knowledge anyway It s too generic It s too easy to immerse yourself in the theoretical and loose sight of the practical Continue reading Nepal AMP is a Very Effective Tool for Government Aid Planning According to UNDP October 18 2012 Wayan Vota The Developing Capacities for Effective Aid Management and Coordination DCEAMC project commenced in February 2009 with one of its objectives to put in place a transparent and functioning aid information management system for Nepal The project is managed by the Foreign Aid Coordination Division FACD of the Ministry of Finance in Nepal and funded by UNDP DFID and DANIDA Key Government partners include the Ministries of Education Health and Local Development and the National Planning Commission Continue reading Interactive Dashboard Shows Aid Trends in Africa August 16 2012 Andrea Calabrese The Strauss Center s Climate Change and African Political Stability CCAPS program has released a new aid dashboard that includes an interactive map and graphing tools allowing users to explore trends in aid allocation by donor sector and demographics across Africa The dashboard is a collaborative effort that includes geocoded aid data from CCAPS and several partner institutions AidData and CCAPS built the aid dashboard using Esri tools to combine trends analysis with the most comprehensive collection of geocoded data on aid projects in Africa Continue reading International Open Government Data Conference 2012 July 26 2012 Andrea Calabrese From July 10 12 the World Bank hosted the second International Open Government Data Conference IOGDC in Washington D C Continue reading Join us at the Esri International User Conference July 19 2012 Andrea Calabrese Development Gateway will participate again this year in the

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/blog/page20/ (2016-02-15)
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  • The Open Data Effect: Creating Optimistic Radicals at OKFest | Development Gateway
    University Aalto University School of Arts Design and Architecture I was able to participate on two panels The Future of Open Government Bar The Challenges of Crowdsourcing Data As I listened commented and responded to questions I noticed a pattern emerging Open Government and Open Development discussions would ultimately end with an Open Data reference As the former are still quite nebulous ideas yet to be practically defined the latter seems more concrete leading to immediate results low hanging fruit is a term I detest Experiments with open data are providing fuel for a larger discussion on open participatory government If Open Data is in fact the gateway drug to a more participatory government how do we emphasize the importance of the political and emotional change that comes with it Technologies can accelerate the things we care about in economic development Open Data The Supply Mapping and Visualization Tools The Accessibility and the International Aid Transparency Initiative The Standard seem the technical building blocks upon which to build practical approaches to involving citizens more actively in their own government However more focus is needed on the ecosystem that surrounds such tools and standards If we wish to understand why they too often fail They fail often times because we seek out quick technology quick wins and don t plan for sustainability Successful initiatives that illustrate usefulness over a period of time such as UNICEF Uganda s U Report need to be studied to highlight the time resources and political commitment necessary to make this information ecosystem truly work in the long term Helsinki was an excellent opportunity to see how quickly progress is being made and how mindsets are slowly changing Many of the presentations and participants echoed the need to pair technical innovation with sustainable institutional change The criticism

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2012/10/24/the-open-data-effect-creating-optimistic-radicals-at-okfest/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Nepal AMP Could be the Best Way to Improve Aid Information Availability | Development Gateway
    received another kudos According to a Pilot Study on Improving Aid Transparency prepared by NGO Federation of Nepal the Aid Management Program may be the best way to improve the availability of aid information to NGOs in Nepal The Aid Management Platform under the Ministry of Finance could work as the best mechanism on behalf of the Government in disseminating information on aid related issues along with donor or development partners including bilateral and multi lateral agencies This acknowledgement follows an assessment by UNDP Nepal that recognized the Nepal AMP as a very effective tool for the collection and dissemination of information related to foreign aid flows used by most development partners Development Gateway s customized AMP provides software tools and institutional strengthening for the Government of Nepal Through a combination of process analysis training and technical assistance Development Gateway worked with government partners to create a customized support package for better aid information management The tool is used extensively by the Ministry of Finance the National Planning Commission several line ministries and most development partners in Nepal The full public launch of the Nepal AMP is scheduled for early 2013 Any interested user will be able to access all

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2013/01/10/nepal-amp-could-be-the-best-way-to-improve-aid-information-availability/ (2016-02-15)
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  • Reshaping Our Web Application Backend for Blazing High Performance | Development Gateway
    etc and also in data persistence data recovery replication etc Furthermore in the current context of BigData every company is preparing for explosive data growth every year Thus it is clear that nowadays many functionalities offered by a data oriented application have become so complex that it is a good practice to implement them as separate backend services layers or components For instance past monolithic products are now just considered bottlenecks into the system because they are solving performance issues by injecting extra functionality in the same component or optimizing the ones already implemented there This approach leads to a bloated product lower popularity as a solution and a problem for the backends built on top of them Current backend architecture I am Cristi Barca Consultant Software Engineer and I ve found that Development Gateway is confronting this problem now Our applications main features full text search and data analytics are implemented on top of an Oracle Database and are slowing down in speed due to the size of the data we have reached It is hard to reach performances on top of BigData without splitting the concerns between multiple third party products tools or components inside our backend newbackend2 png assets post images newbackend2 png Future backend architecture How to solve our bottleneck Right now our solution for improving the backend is to replace the all in one platform with multiple products such as Vertica Database and Analytics Platform for storage and analytics and ElasticSearch for full text search Each one of them is well known to perform very good in its target area Following the first software iteration on top of the new backend we have in plan to include a couple of new features and integrate Hadoop for data aggregation transformation Though we are at the beginning

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2013/01/08/reshaping-our-web-application-backend-for-blazing-high-performance/ (2016-02-15)
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  • dgMarket Now Tracking Almost $1 Trillion in Government Procurements for 500,000 Users | Development Gateway
    provides open information on some 1 6 million contract awards in support of the Open Contracting movement Transparent contracting activities like dgMarket create major savings in government spending while giving companies of all sizes greater access to tender opportunities at home and abroad in their own language Our in house analysis suggests that dgMarket has reduced national procurement costs by up to 150 million per year on World Bank funded

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2012/12/19/dgmarket-now-tracking-almost-1-trillion-in-government-procurements-for-500000-users/ (2016-02-15)
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  • The Aid Management Journey to Transparency and Open Data | Development Gateway
    strengthen government aid management institutions improve the linkage between aid and government budgets and empower governments with better information tools and analysis to control their own destinies Notably absent from our AMP program was any mention of making this aid information public Sometimes even the idea of sharing information within a government ministry was met with resistance usually by the official who owned the ministry s aid information in a database or Excel file on his own hard drive Other times we were challenged by donors insisting on access to the AMP they had funded while the government refused or delayed on the grounds of government ownership At that time our fallback position was that governments needed to drive their own aid management processes which sometimes pitted ownership against transparency These were and occasionally still are delicate issues reflecting power relations politics institutional territorialism and fears about the potential fallout from publishing imperfect data I wonder whether the outcome would have been different if we had pushed harder for open AMPs early on or whether we would have alienated some of our clients Transparency wasn t on the menu for another key reason we were focused on the basics Just getting a handle on what donors were doing in a partner country was the top priority Establishing data collection validation reporting and analytical processes took time patience and consensus These changes were not trivial They impacted the flow and control of information how colleagues interacted and the power dynamics within aid units and ministries Small steps towards greater openness between an Aid Coordination Unit and a few local donors were a big deal Transparency s Tipping Point By 2008 the global aid effectiveness community collectively recognized the need for standards and transparent aid as a precursor to development effectiveness The International Aid Transparency Initiative IATI gave our teams an entry point into conversations locally with donors and governments on the benefits of open data and standards Around that time several of the high level AMP champions were eager to talk about public AMPs We made changes to the AMP technology to create attractive public view spaces within AMP since the platform was originally designed as a closed system The governments of Kosovo and Timor Leste were among the first brave trailblazers to open their AMPs to the public In each case high level champions recognized the benefits to government planning and donor coordination and made it a personal mission to convince skeptics As the Project Manager for AMP Kosovo I was simultaneously excited and anxious about opening the data Several months in advance we worked with the government to address data gaps and improve processes so that future data collection cycles would run smoothly Nonetheless I didn t sleep much the night before the public launch We knew the data were good but imperfect with varying levels of detail and rigor applied by Kosovo s 20 local donors One particular challenge was in communicating the inevitable trade off between data

    Original URL path: http://www.developmentgateway.org/2012/12/13/the-aid-management-journey-to-transparency-and-open-data/ (2016-02-15)
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