UNDP-Baidu Big Data Joint Laboratory Aims to Increase Social Innovation and Tackle Development Issues
Aug 18, 2014 UncategorizedComments Off on UNDP-Baidu Big Data Joint Laboratory Aims to Increase Social Innovation and Tackle Development Issues
HARNESSING THE POWER OF BIG DATA
BEIJING, Aug. 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — A Big Data Joint Laboratory between the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) in China and Baidu was launched today in Beijing to pioneer new methods and frameworks for using big data to support development goals.
The Joint Lab is designed as an open platform that brings together big data and development experts from UNDP and Baidu as well as partners from government, academia, CSOs and the private sector in both traditional and new technology industries across the country to tap into new insights and produce idea prototypes for testing and implementation. Concerted cross-sector partnerships can build a foundation for mutual innovation and knowledge sharing.
“Big data needs big partnerships; we are pleased to launch our Joint Lab as testament to our conviction that great change can only come about through new and innovative thinking ,” said Xu Haoliang, UN Assistant Secretary-General and Director of the Regional Bureau of Asia-Pacific of UNDP. “The UN recognizes that big data technology has tremendous potential to drive social innovation for sustainable development and we welcome partners like Baidu to contribute their technology expertise,” he added.
The joint Lab will leverage Baidu’s Big Data engine to identify valuable data which can contribute to formulating and implementing development strategies. Also, the public will be engaged to raise awareness of the specific challenges that the Joint Lab will be addressing, in order to encourage participation and foster behaviour change.
“This partnership with UNDP is an important milestone in our work of technological innovation and promotion of global public good,” said Jennifer Li, CFO of Baidu. “We believe that Baidu’s platforms and Big Data technology will help the UN to more effectively achieve the Millennium Development Goals and build a better world,” she added.
As the inaugural product of the Joint lab,