Making the World More Inclusive in 2017

This week, NamSor API reached a symbolic landmark. We’ve processed over 1bn names, since the API was launched.

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It’s a good opportunity to reflect on the good things we’ve done in the past year, re-affirm or core values and share our plans for 2017.

In 2016, among other projects, we’ve supported

Sadly, as we start 2017, I cannot say the World is not a ‘better place’ when it comes to inclusiveness.

So I would like to re-affirm our core values. The World is diverse and however you try to break-it down in neat little boxes, when it comes to People, there will always be a different way to look at countries, regions, cities, populations, social groups, individuals :

Human societies are fractal in their diversity – an onomastics proof

In 2017, we’ll be involved in several new exciting projects. Many of those, we don’t know yet. For what I know, we will

Let’s use 2017 to make the world more inclusive.

Launching soon (April 2017) :

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AgroDiaspora relaunched

Three years ago, we proposed the AgroDiaspora project to the French Quai d’Orsay “Africa Forum, 100 innovations for sustainable development”, in partnership with African SAP specialist STATIM. It wasn’t accepted, probably because it wasn’t enough ‘grassrooted‘. We did a very similar project though for Lithuania Institute of BioTech, which was a success. We helped grow a network of connected Lithuanian life scientists and biotech experts around the World.

It may also have inspired Romania’s namesake AgroDiaspora initiative :

The Romanians who work in this area abroad can contribute not only through investments, but also through their experience and working methods acquired – they need to be well-informed about the opportunities existing in Romania.

#ThinkLandscape is taking place today at COP22, and the question of financing sustainable development in Africa is the tough nut to crack.

African farmers need access to finance and sustainable development. Could Africa’s Diasporas -with their funding and expertise- be part of the solution ?

About NamSor

NamSor™ Applied Onomastics is a European vendor of sociolinguistics software (NamSor sorts names). NamSor mission is to help understand international flows of money, ideas and people.
Reach us at: contact@namsor.com

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Gender in Research and Innovation

As much as we would have liked, we couldn’t join the WebSummit in Lisbon. We were in Brussels to participate to a workshop of the GenderSummit – an EU event to address the important matter of the gender gap in Science.

Our technology – NamSor Gender API – was used to infer gender from scientists names and prepare the SheFigures report, a 200 pages document analyzing in-depth European Science from the gender angle.

“Parity between women and men
Others: Error bars represent the 90 % confidence interval, accounting for potential biases due to: 1) the inability to infer the sex of corresponding authors on some scientific papers (i.e. because of the lack of information on their full given name), and 2) the unrepresentative coverage of the various fields of science within the WoSTM (e.g. the
social sciences and humanities as well as the computer and engineering sciences are known to be under-represented). It assumes that the attribution of a sex to author names is 100 % accurate (i.e. that the gender attributed to a given author name using the GendRE API (NamSor TM) is always the correct one; in other words, that there are no misattributions). Manual validation showed that it was indeed highly accurate (the lowest accuracies are actually quite high and are observed for LV (91 %), IS (92
%), EE (93 %) and TR (93 %); the asymmetry in the accuracy rates between women and men in these three countries combined with the predominance of men is such that gender assignment errors should have a very limited impact on their women to men (WM) ratio).”

We’re continuously working to improve the accuracy of NamSor Gender API. We’ve made improvements over the past year, since that research was conducted, namely:

  • a new parsing API to recognize the structure of names (John SMITH, vs. Smith, John);
  • better disambiguation of cultural/linguistic context (Andrea Rossini -> likely male; Andrea Parker -> likely female);
  • better coverage of African names in LATIN, Asian names in vernacular scripts.

WebSummit : gender balance among participants

We applied the same technology to measure the gender gap among ~50k participants of the WebSummit : it is almost balanced (52%-47%). This is quite impressive, given the overall gender gap in the startup community that we’ve measured in the past.

This is also encouraging : today’s participants are tomorrow’s speakers so we can expect the gender gap among speakers to close, as even more women succeed in their digital projects, reach a stage when they can inspire others with their achievements.

Of course, one other factor is geography : the gender gap varies by country and culture. In this respect, it is also interesting to see from which countries participants and speakers originated. Apart from Portugal (the event’s hosting country), the United States, the United Kingdom and Germany were by far predominant.

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Using NationBuilder for Diaspora community outreach

 

NamSor is unique in its capability to map Diasporas, expatriate networks. We help provide an answer to the perennial question every country asks about its diaspora: who are they, where are they, what are they doing?

The business case for building efficient diaspora communities is strong :

  • Ireland has harnessed the goodwill of the significant Irish diaspora to assist in identifying FDI investment opportunities
  • France has received $24.6 billion in remittances, making it the 5th largest recipient of remittances after India, China, Philippines, Mexico (World Bank’s Migration and Remittances Factbook 2016)
  • Diasporas are major contributors to development, as discussed at a recent US AID conference in Washington, but also in Dublin and Bordeaux

We have integrated NamSor with NationBuilder, to help with:

  • advocating for a diaspora community
  • raising money for a cause, to “give back” at home
  • growing and mobilizing a diaspora network

What makes NationBuilder incredibly efficient for diaspora outreach is the integration within ONE system of four components : a content management system (CMS) to build the web site; a customer relationship management system (CRM) to manage people engagement; a mailing and social media outreach system to communicate with Diaspora members and influencers; the ability to integrate with PayPal and Stripe to manage payments, fundraising, club memberships etc.

What NamSor brings to NationBuilder is the ability to target community influencers for expatriate engagement with ethnic and gender data appends.

If you are already a NationBuilder admin, just sign-in and authorize NamSor on your Nation or register to use NamSor API, then follow the tutorial below:

As a result, your Nation CRM will have a finer-grained segmentation, so you will better target your communication, for example:

  • who among the Diaspora influencers is already following my Twitter account?
  • who are the best ‘ambassadors’ helping grow the network most?
  • who among Diaspora members can I reach via email, but is not following us on Twitter or Facebook?
  • is there a gender bias in the Diaspora community?
  • who are the Diaspora women with more that 1000 followers?

Image credits: UNCTAD WIF 2016 Diaspora Investing for Sustainability

About NamSor

NamSor™ Applied Onomastics is a European vendor of sociolinguistics software (NamSor sorts names). NamSor mission is to help understand international flows of money, ideas and people. Reach us at: contact@namsor.com

 

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Diaspora investing for sustainability?

Picture credits: UNCTAD.

The UNCTAD World Investment Forum is taking place in Nairobi, Kenya – gathering about 6000 trade and investment professionals from both private and public sectors.

For many countries, diaspora and expatriate networks are essential. This is not just the case for developing countries. Did you know that France, for example, is a top-5 recipient of remittances (with India, China, Philippines, Mexico) ? France receives more money transfers from its expatriates and migrants, than its total outflow of remittances plus its international aid for Africa together. Remittances have become as essential to the French State budget as they are for many countries of the South.

However, for developing countries, the diaspora is not just essential but often vital: remittances fuel consumption, but also contribute to education and health. What about productive investments and funding for infrastructure projects ? What about startups financing ?

We’ve asked #WIF2016 #UNCTAD14 participants on Twitter their view on how best  diasporas could invest in their home country to contribute to sustainable development goals (SDGs). Those are the results:

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Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) comes first.

How easy is it for a country to attract Foreign Direct Investment from (or via) its diaspora? Well, it’s not easy.

But we’ve thought it through and made it easier for Investment Promotion Agencies to reach out to their diaspora and expatriate networks.We use the ‘big data’ to map international business networks and we design targeted approach to diaspora engagement (by geography, by sector), combining real world events and digital communication.

Please, inquire if you think this could useful for your country, your region or your city.

About NamSor

NamSor™ Applied Onomastics is a European vendor of sociolinguistics software (NamSor sorts names). NamSor mission is to help understand international flows of money, ideas and people.
Reach us at: contact@namsor.com

About FDI Magnet

FDI Magnet is NamSor™ offering for Investment Promotion. We use our unique data mining software to offer differentiated Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) services.
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#GlobalDiasporaDay – looking back at EMM4Dublin and JNDA2016

Today 23rd of June is #GlobalDiasporaDay.

If you follow the link above, you will reach a collection of 14 diaspora conversations, featuring our contribution at EMM4Dublin – the conference organized by ICMPD which took place in Dublin in May, in collaboration with the Irish Ministry of Foreign Affairs and DiasporaMatters. This is a short summary of our contribution (in English).

Just before, in Bordeaux, took place the Journées Nationales des Diasporas Africaines. This is a short video of our contribution at JNDA2016 (in French).

Both conferences were amazing events offering opportunities to share best practices on Diaspora engagement. In Bordeaux, as well as in Dublin, we could hear practical stories on the benefits of Diasporas for economic development of the home and host countries.

About NamSor

NamSor™ Applied Onomastics is a European vendor of Name Recognition Software (NamSor sorts names). NamSor mission is to help understand international flows of money, ideas and people.
Reach us at: contact@namsor.com

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NamSor at RapidMiner Wisdom NYC 2016

In January this year, NamSor founder Elian CARSENAT was at RapidMiner Wisdom conference in New-York City. Discover theCUBE video.

The Big Apple: the World owns a piece.

We’ve analyzed NYC Open Data on Real Property (ACRIS) using RapidMiner with NamSor customer segmentation tool. Based on the socio-linguistics of personal names, we inferred gender, cultural origin and ethnicity to produce various maps and data visualizations.

It is fascinating how diverse New-York is. Who lives in NYC? Who owns a property? How do people vote?

Check out our presentation to discover some of the findings:

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Mapping, attracting, engaging Scientific Diasporas

Last week, in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada took place CSPC2015 – a  symposium to discuss the topic of diaspora scientists and their potential to strengthen international science and technology collaboration in Canada.

We were invited to share some ideas on how to map, attract and engage Diaspora scientists. You’ll find our presentation below.

About NamSor

NamSor™ Applied Onomastics is a European vendor of Name Recognition Software (NamSor sorts names). NamSor mission is to help understand international flows of money, ideas and people.

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NamSor, onomastics applied to GEOINT

Two weeks ago, we participated to the GEOINT conference organized at the French Geographical Society by ENS/Sorbonne. You will find our presentation below (all slides from 3 are in English) :

We will pursue our developments further in this field and participate to Esri Startup Program. Esri is an international supplier of Geographic Information System software, web GIS and geodatabase management applications.

[read in French Onomastique et GEOINT à la Société de Géographie]

About NamSor

NamSor™ Applied Onomastics is a European vendor of Name Recognition Software (NamSor sorts names). NamSor mission is to help understand international flows of money, ideas and people.

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AEB celebrates 20 years of FDI in Russia

The Association of European Businesses (AEB) gathers the largest European foreign investors in Russia and celebrates its 20 years of existence on Thursday 24th September. The AEB was established in 1995 […] to represent and promote the interests of European companies conducting business in and with the Russian Federation. It is chaired by Philippe Pegorier, also President of Alstom in Russia.
The AEB is also the source of independent Russia statistics and industry analysis, and the main source for sales statistics of the Russian automotive market.

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Ms Lara Kaute used information published by the AEB, among other sources, to write a master thesis about “Perspectives Of Foreign Direct Investments Into The Russian Automotive Sector In The Current Economic And Political Crisis”. We invited Ms Lara Kaute to share some of her work in a guest post.

Perspectives of FDI into the Russian automotive sector

The economic, financial and political crisis that broke out in Russia in 2014 has contradictory impacts on foreign direct investments. On the one hand, the Russian government strengthened its “import substitution” policy, currency risks made imports risky if not unprofitable, and the fall of the ruble made Russian assets and labour force much cheaper. All this should stimulate foreign businesses to localize their Russia-targeted production in Russia, i.e. to increase the inflow of foreign direct investments into Russia. On the other hand, Western sanctions against Russia restrain various kinds of FDI to the Russian market. Western banks strongly limit their Russia-related activities, which in turn limits the inflow of FDI to Russia.

The automotive sector was the most successful in attracting FDI to Russia until 2013 because of a strong growth in consumer demand from the early 2000’s and policies of the Russian government giving strong advantages to foreign carmakers partly localising their production in the country. Nowadays, about 70% of car manufacturing in Russia is done by foreign companies, which makes foreign involvement key to this sector.

But the automotive industry is also the one which suffers most from the current economic and financial crisis in Russia, with sales of some companies like PSA Peugeot Citroën or Ford about 35% lower in 2014 compared to 2013. The devaluation of the ruble lowered the purchasing power of the population and made imports of tier parts to Russia from abroad much more expensive. The increase in interest rates by the Russian central bank in order to stop the fall of the ruble made new consumption credits unaffordable to Russian consumers, it also made refinancing most difficult to car manufacturers and tier parts suppliers, triggering critical financial situations and defaults. The consequence of both the fall of the ruble and the increase in interest rates is that Russian consumers can afford cars only at lower prices, while car manufacturers face a stringent need to increase their prices, which in turn has a very negative impact on sales volumes. According to Association of European Businesses’ prognosis, only 50% of Russian car production capacities will be used in 2015, i.e. around 1.5 million cars will be produced and sold.

Nevertheless, this study shows that only very few foreign car manufacturers decide to leave Russia. It is believed that the crisis will not last longer than 2 to 3 years and that on a longer term perspective the Russian market stays an attractive one. As far as FDI are concerned, the results of the study are as follows:

– An increase of production capacities is very unlikely to happen in the 2-3 coming years, except for Chinese manufacturers who probably bet on an increase in the low-cost part of the Russian car market.

– An increase in localisation of production activities stays a crucial objective for any car manufacturer planning to stay in Russia: it will take place even though it is a very difficult task.

– Financial support to Russian subsidiaries of foreign companies is likely for any OEM staying in Russia.

– A significant decrease of FDI inflows for a given period and temporary stops of production are the fate of most vulnerable OEMs on the Russian market (with the smallest degrees of localization and less adapted marketing strategies).

– Outflows of FDI (i.e. leaving the Russian market) are a strategic decision of very few companies (e.g. GM)

In order to get the full-fledged analysis, please contact Lara Kaute at lara.kaute(a)sciencespo.fr.

About Lara Kaute,

2015_LaraK Lara graduated in June 2015 from a double master’s degree in Sciences Po Paris and in MGIMO University, in Finance & Strategy and International Relations. Lara is fluent in Russian, French, German and English and she also has a bachelor diploma in Natural Sciences focus Chemistry. Lara’s master thesis about “Perspectives Of Foreign Direct Investments To The Russian Automotive Sector In The Current Political And Economic Crisis” was granted the highest mark among her peers by MGIMO University. With a successful working experience in Air Liquide Russia’s business development unit, she would like to dedicate the coming years of her carrier to developing European businesses in Russia. Lara can be reached at lara.kaute(a)sciencespo.fr or via Lara on LinkedIn.

About FDIMagnet,

FDIMagnet is NamSor™ offering for Investment Promotion. We use our unique data mining software to offer differentiated Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) services:

–   Diaspora Direct Investments (DDI)
–   Smart Investors Targeting & CRM
–   FDI Targeted Communication

We leverage the ‘big data’ and large commercial databases covering all countries/regions, including the Russian Federation. Follow @FDIMagnet, join the LinkedIn group or email us at contact@fdimagnet.com

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