PRIO invites to a CVP brownbag with their newly arrived Fulbright scholar David Jacobsen. David will present two projects: (1) a study on the dynamics of Boko Haram and (2) an ambitious effort to build a global data analysis and collection platform. The ‘double feature’ should be of interest to people across PRIO.
Research, especially in the Global South, is stunted by a number of challenges. Data collection is expensive, often insufficiently granular, and quickly becomes out of date. Furthermore, data collected at sub-national levels is often incommensurate, making it difficult to compare, say Borno state in Nigeria with the Northern Cape in South Africa. This is a challenge for research, aid programs and economic investment in developing countries.
Jacobsen will discuss a project, at its very early stages, to develop a Big Data platform to address cost, granularity, timeliness and commensurability of data. In this context he will also discuss a project he directed on Boko Haram, the backdrop to this new endeavor.