Yearly Archives: 2012

The mWater Approach

One NMTF member, 2nd year MPA-DP student Catilin Rackish, wrote up a summary of a digital brownbag we did with mWater early in the semester. We are sharing it here and are always open to sharing your reactions/posts on our site! Thanks Caitlin, take it away… NMTF Digital Brownbag: mWater Developing countries often find it difficult to regularly monitor and collect reliable data on water quality because of barriers such as lack of basic infrastructure, poor access to both analytical facilities and sampling locations, limited availability […]

Customizing and Sharing Google Maps

Now that the semester has finished, you may have some “free” time to play with your mapping and web-design skills. While we have discussed the 2012 Election maps and held trainings for TileMill and Crowdmap in the past, the best-known internet mapping platform continues to be Google Maps. These maps are not only really useful for directions or to play Fantasy Job Search, they are also highly customizable and easy-to-share. Here are two ways to share your Google Map with friends: 1. Customize and share your map […]

Photos of Innovating Mobile Technology for Development

Here are some of the photos from our first pitch competition! You can find them here as well. [gigya src=”″ width=”500″ flashvars=”offsite=true&lang=en-us&page_show_url=/photos/89843748@N07/sets/72157632022768726/show/&page_show_back_url=/photos/89843748@N07/sets/72157632022768726/&set_id=72157632022768726&jump_to=” allowFullScreen=”true” ]

Mobile Data Collection without the Hassle: Episurveyor Training November 20th

Are you interested in mobile data collection, but worried all of the services out there are too confusing to configure? Do you have a winter break research project coming up where you need to collect data quickly and easily? Have you been searching for some practical skills amidst your hours of econ problem sets and lines of Stata code? Then we have the perfect training for you! Join us Tuesday, November 20th, in the 6th floor cafe IAB (SIPA) from 6-8pm to learn about Episurveyor (Please […]

Creating Your Own Free Columbia Website

Well, “Free” in that we pay tens of thousands of dollars to attend here…. but still, each Columbia student already has a personal Columbia University web space available to her/him! That’s right, you can host your own site, display files and working class projects, and more. The initial set-up is not too difficult, but the CUIT website can be hard to navigate for this purpose. So here’s a nice run-through on setting up your own webspace from your ol’ pals at NMTF; soon you’ll have […]