CDI has established an affiliation with the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania. The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation has provided founding support through a grant to Annenberg. Read more

Philanthropy and the Digital Public Dialogue
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Two Decades of Shifting News Sources

Thursday, October 10, 2013

An interactive chart based on 27 Pew Research Center polls from 1993 to 2011 shows that television as a primary news source for the public has dropped from a high of 88% to a current level of 66%; and newspapers from a high of 63% to 31% currently. Meantime, the internet has risen steadily, passing radio in 2003, newspapers in 2008, and continuing to close the gap with television. Read more

Event Recap

Beyond the PDF: Think Tanks in a New Digital Age

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

On February 15, 2012, the Center for Digital Information convened representatives of more than forty-five leading policy research organizations, foundations, government agencies and the White House. The packed roundtable discussed how the field is adapting its information production and dissemination practices to keep pace with a rapidly evolving digital environment. The event was developed in partnership with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars and supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. Read more


Philanthropy and the Digital Public Dialogue: Challenges and New Opportunities

Monday, April 23, 2012

This post previewed a session convened by the Center for Digital Information at the Council on Foundations annual conference in Los Angeles on April 30, 2012. Communication scholars and internet experts joined philanthropy executives to discuss disruptive changes in the technology and media landscape, and how foundations can remain effective participants in an increasingly digital public arena. Read more

CDI Dashboard

Track Data Trends, Digital Innovations with CDI's Dashboard

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

The CDI Dashboard is an interactive look at the ongoing digital information revolution. Use the dashboard to track key data trends, follow central storylines, and explore innovative examples of the changing form of information in an evolving digital age. Read more

Digital Public Sphere

'Digital Public Sphere' & the 'Indifference of 25 Year Olds'

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Building on posts by AP's Jonathan Stray and NYU's Clay Shirky, we look at just how digital the "digital public sphere" really is, using data from the Pew Research Center on Americans' use of various media for news about national and international issues. Read more

Getting Down to Business

CDI Announces Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Grant

Thursday, September 15, 2011

A 12-month grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg School for Communication will establish and pilot CDI's programs to integrate digital innovation with the policy research field. Read more

Communications Network Conference

How can social sector information avoid the filter bubble?

Thursday, September 22, 2011

This dispatch from the Communications Network annual conference in Boston, following a plenary by "Filter Bubble" author Eli Pariser, argues that the social sector can partner with search engine developers by providing "data as data" rather than "data as documents." Read more


Data Are Not Information

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

An update of a piece from August 2010 for posting over at NTEN. Data and information are not synonyms. Data only have the potential to inform. They are half the equation. It is communication that transforms data into information, and in a digital age the communication landscape has been fundamentally altered. Read more


A Digital-First Dissemination Model

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Data Gatherers themselves should use digital-native techniques in the first telling of the stories in their data. In addition to injecting subject matter expertise into the online discussion of complex issues, it will create the welcome byproduct of better, cleaner data to support subsequent interactive development. Read more

Philanthropic Support for Research

'Diffusion of Knowledge and Understanding' in a Digital Age

Monday, June 13, 2011

Some thoughts on The Economist's article comparing the societal impact of IBM and the Carnegie Corporation of New York. Read more


A Roadmap to Modern Digital Communication

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

This draft roadmap contrasts a digital distribution model of communication that dominates many public policy organizations' activities with a modern digital information playbook — interactive, mobile and unmediated. Comments are welcome. Read and comment

Slide Presentation Video

The Changing Digital Information Landscape

Friday, November 5, 2010

Video - This presentation was given to a set of foundation communication professionals, academics and policy research executives on October 22, 2010. It lays out the case for a Center for Digital Information to assist policy organizations in using new media to better communicate their original information and data on issues of public importance. View presentation


Digital Innovation Needed Wherever Information is Produced, Not Just Newsrooms

Monday, September 13, 2010

New skill development, capacity building, innovation and creativity in digital rendering are needed wherever information is created, not just in newsrooms, and particularly within organizations that are increasingly direct information providers on issues of vital public importance. Read more

Communications Network Interview

The Next Evolution? Information Made Only for the Web

Monday, July 26, 2010

CDI spoke with the Communications Network about how over the past 15 years, we have spent a great deal of time thinking about how to disseminate content, but now it is time to fundamentally rethink the nature of that content — considering forms that weren't possible before the advent of the Internet. View the video

Hello World

The Path to a Center for Digital Information

Monday, June 21, 2010

Director Jeff Stanger discusses the path to starting the Center for Digital Information, how policy research organizations' online habits have changed little in the first fifteen years of widespread use of the Web, and the importance for organizations to rethink their mechanisms for communicating research findings in a digital society. Read more


CDI Pilot Study Shows Digital Information Lagging

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

A report on a CDI pilot study measuring the extent to which policy research organizations engage in "digital information" shows that only 2% use interactive methods unique to the Internet. Read more


Digital Distribution vs. Digital Information

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

CDI director defines "digital distribution" and "digital information," an important distinction underpinning CDI's approach. Read more