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ODD 2019: eventos no Brasil

- February 28, 2019 in accountability, Dados Abertos, debates, hackathon, LAI, Lei de acesso à informação, Open Data Day, transparência

Open Data Day é um momento anual onde todo o mundo debate e promove, por um dia, o uso de dados abertos. Em geral, acontecem eventos, workshops, fóruns online, hackatons e todo o tipo de atividade usando informação livre. O intuito da data é incentivar governos, empresas e a sociedade civil a usarem dados abertos em suas iniciativas. A gente explicou um pouco melhor o que é o dia neste texto aqui. Em 2019, o evento acontece pela nona vez. Este ano, a data escolhida pela nossa rede internacional foi o dia 2 de março, sábado. No entanto, como no Brasil a data será carnaval, estamos aconselhando que os eventos locais sejam marcados para o dia 9 de março ou datas posteriores. Já temos eventos marcados em Fortaleza, Porto Alegre e Natal. Confira os detalhes abaixo. Fortaleza Dia: 23/03 Hora: 09:00 Local: Casa da Cultura Digital (Rua dos Pacajus, 33 – Praia de Iracema) Mais informações em breve. Natal Dia: 23/03 Hora: 08:30 Local: IFRN Central (Avenida Senador Salgado Filho, 1559, Tirol). Submeta sua palestra no SpeakerFight do evento. Mais informações em breve. Porto Alegre Dia: 09/03 Hora: 09:30 Local: Unisinos Programação e inscrição disponíveis aqui. Pretende realizar um Open Data Day na sua cidade? Envie um e-mail para comunicacao@ok.org.br para que a gente possa listar sua atividade aqui! Flattr this!

Open Knowledge Brasil participa da Trilha para Governo Aberto do Imaflora

- February 28, 2019 in accountability, agricultura, clima, controle social, Dados Abertos, florestas, Imaflora, Meio ambiente, Open Knowledge Brasil, Parceria para Governo Aberto, transparência

* Com informações do site da Parceria para Governo Aberto O Instituto de Manejo e Certificação Florestal e Agrícola (Imaflora) lança a Trilha para Governo Aberto, site que reúne os principais conceitos sobre transparência e acesso à informação, dados abertos, participação social e accountability aplicados às políticas de clima, floresta e agricultura.   Na plataforma, que adota recursos de animação, de literatura de cordel e do percurso de uma trilha, especialistas explicam diversos conteúdos que compõem o conceito de Governo Aberto ao longo de 20 vídeos. Natália Mazotte, diretora-executiva da Open Knowledge Brasil, participou do módulo de dados abertos, mostrando o potencial de geração de conhecimento e de controle social destes dados e indicando que eles podem trazer algumas soluções para diversos desafios que enfrentamos na sociedade, com foco especial no potencial de uso de dados na área de clima, floresta e agricultura. Conheça a iniciativa: https://trilha.imaflora.org   Flattr this!

Breaking Borders: The #OpenData Party in Accra Ghana

- December 31, 2014 in #OpenData Party, accountability, Accra, Data Clinic, Events, ghana, School of Data, starghana, Transparency

In the last series of our advocacy on Open Data through capacity building, we finally had a data clinic session at the Asa Royal Hotel in Accra, Ghana on Tuesday, December 9, 2014 a coincidence with the International Anticorruption Day, and CSOs in Accra Ghana weren’t left out. Why did we try taking this gospel to Ghana? We had enjoyed close collaboration and relationship with start ups and NGOs in Ghana, and for them, one of the drawbacks in finding data is the unavailability of a freedom of information act, or the access to information act. Just like we have seen in Nigeria, NGOs and activist seem not familiar with data pipelines or what we refer to as the data management processes, likewise basic tools that can be used in analyzing data. Unlike Nigeria, the transparency and accountability [T&A] movement in Ghana is coordinated under the STARGHANA project. Thus creating an ecosystem of groups working in the T&A component of the Open Data movement. “Two years ago, I was part of a team that initiated the SMS reporting on service delivery in the health sector, however, I am not sure how much the system is working anymore” explained Joseph Senyo, National Director of Programmes, Community and Family Aid Foundation
Open Data Party in Accra Ghana

Participants at the Open Data event in Accra Ghana

While going through finding data, it was interesting to know that Nigeria has more datasets available online than Ghana, as most of the participants couldn’t figure out where to find the budget data of the country, although some mentioned the ministry of finance, but surprisingly we couldn’t get budget data from this website. Nevertheless, the country national statistics online portal is a one – stop shop for datasets in the country, and only one of the participants knew this existed. Analyzing using Microsoft Excel, and Google Spreadsheets was an eye – opener for participants, as most of them requested to know how this can be applicable in their various works. While it was important to drive this conversation forward, outside the training sessions, the participants were already thinking about a 3 –day event that could bring together government, NGOs and other activist in the coming year. But, our trip to Accra would not have been complete without taking some time at the iSpace (it was a women in technology day, and we had ladies) and the LaBadi Beach – it is known that trainings can also be complemented with ice breakers on the beach – and same we did, and fortunately for us – it was the reggae night.
Getting  instant feedbacks from participants

Getting instant feedbacks from participants

“We would have like to have more days of training, as the little minutes I spent was quite educative, especially the use of analysis tools, thus making me to know how important data is to my various monitoring and evaluation work” said Mensah Ileom of Inspire Africa. Actually, I have seen more NGO participants looking towards how data gathering can also help them in monitoring and evaluation, aside using it for advocacy, and monitoring service delivery.   flattr this!