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AidView

AidView is an tablet optimised interface for exploring IATI data. An alpha version was produced by White October for AidInfo ahead of the Busan Forum on Aid Effectiveness and development of the beta is currently underway managed by Simon Whitehouse.

Detailed Description

Interface

The AidView interface can be accessed at http://www.aidview.net. It is based around simple faceted browsing where you can:

  • Filter by Country of project; Sector of project; and Donor; and keyword search
  • View 'data file' profiles (when filtered to < 300 projects)
  • View individual project profiles - with a selection of 'widgets' displaying data on the project
  • Collect widgets together

API

The AidView API is currently accessible and can be used to prototype additional applications.

Documentation

Taken from the 'About' page of AidView

About AidView

AidView is a prototype demonstrating how detailed and timely data on aid activities shared through the International Aid Transparency Initiative can be made accessible to a wide range of people. Designed to work on tablet devices such as iPads or Android tablets, AidView explores how different partners in the development process can have the information they need at their fingertips. It is also accessible through modern web browsers.

How does it work?

AidView brings together aid activity information published on the IATIRegistry and makes it possible to browse by the funder sector, or location of aid. AidView allows users to access data files for any collection of activities, or add in-depth activity information to a customised dashboard. The information in AidView comes direct from donors, so the information available is based on the information donors currently publish. The current version of AidView only includes 'active' aid activities.

From prototype to product

The current version of AidView is an early prototype: an alpha version.

We have lots of ideas for how AidView could be developed further, but we also want your ideas. Now you can see the information available from donors through the International Aid Transparency Initiative - what other features would you like to see in AidView? You can share your ideas on our UserVoice page.

Over the coming months we will also be looking for partners to help develop AidView further, and if you are interested in getting actively involved to shape the future of this tool, and others which make aid information accessible, we would love to hear from you.

Credits and Technical Details

The AidView interface has been designed and developed by White October working with an API developed by Chris Wallace. Tim Davies (Practical Participation) has provided project support, and the project was funded and overseen by AidInfo. Data quality has been reviewed by Steven Flower and David Carpenter.

The interface uses Node.js and is deployed to Heroku, whilst the backend API uses the eXist XML database deployed to ElasticHosts cloud hosting.

The source code for the interface is available on GitHub. We would like to thank all the contributors to the following open source projects whose work we have built upon: eXist, Node.js, jQuery, underscore.js, HTML Boilerplate, express.js and many more whose work we rely upon day-to-day.

Find the AidView front end code on GitHub here.


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