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Open Data Day: Strengthening Citizen Participation & Women in Power

- April 4, 2019 in argentina, equal development, Open Data Day, open data day 2019, peru

This report is part of the event report series on International Open Data Day 2019. On Saturday 2nd March, groups from around the world organised over 300 events to celebrate, promote and spread the use of open data. This is a joint report produced by NaimLab (Peru) and Centro Latinoamericano de Derechos Humanos (CLADH) from Argentina, who received funding through the mini-grant scheme by the Latin American Initiative for Open Data (ILDA) and the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, to organise events under the Open Mapping and Equal Development themes respectively. It has been written by Clara Cubas and María Fabiola Cantú: their biographies are included at the bottom.

Open Data Day: Comunidata 2019: Open Data to Strengthen Citizen Participation

Chiclayo, Perú On Friday, March 22, 2019, the Open Data Day was held in the city of Chiclayo in northern Peru, the event was intended to strengthen citizen participation through open data, called Comunidata. The main purpose of this meeting was to provide a first approach to the concepts of open data, access to information and transparency of public data and its importance to improve social problems in the city. This first edition was organized by the members of: Iguana Org, a collective dedicated to creating spaces where participation is strengthened, and citizen networking is built, and the members of Social Innovation Laboratory: NaimLab, who consolidated a structure composed of three parts: virtual exhibitions, discussion forums and a open dialogue space. The total capacity was of 25 participants of all ages, who shared 4 virtual exhibitions, 1 discussion forum and 3 topics in an open dialogue space that allowed integration with the public.

Program

The goal of the first part was to provide different views about Open Data, from its main concepts, such as the conceptual basis of access to information, to successful cases of Open Government. These exhibitions, although having been online, strengthened a network of collaboration between participating specialists and local organizations, and initiated proposals and ideas to apply what they learned in local projects. The participants were: the leader of Open Data Peru, Antonio Cucho Gamboa, who told us the first steps of the ODD organization in our country and also gave us a technical scope of how to use the information obtained to solve local problems; Jimena Sánchez Velarde (Digital Government Advisor) who presented a series of examples of municipalities working with Open Data. She emphasized the need to articulate the political will, and the voice of citizens with the aim for transparency and participation becoming reality in Peru. Finally, thanks to Miguel Morachimo, leader of Hiperderecho, an association that promotes the respect of rights and freedoms in digital environments. He contributed from his perspective an explanation of the Peruvian Law of access to information and public transparency, emphasizing that access to information is every citizen’s right. The second part was composed of a speech by Alan Saavedra, leader of the technological laboratory ITnovate Peru, representatives of the Codescill (The Civil Society Coordinator of La Libertad) and David Chaupis, biologist and social entrepreneur, who works with themes of Open Data Science. The event was relevant in that it showed different edges of how it was possible to approach Open Data. From innovation and entrepreneurship, in the case of Alan Saavedra, developer of InfoCity, an application that maps information on the web to inform the community about the status and report of basic services; to the intersection of arts and science. Thanks to David Chaupis, who spoke about scientific research with free licenses for the community and insured to companies, which allows generating sustainability in the model of bio-entrepreneurship. He also emphasized the relevance of models of collaboration among the four pillars of the community: science, technology, arts and entrepreneurship. Finally, the participation of the members of the CODESCILL, Coordinadora de la Sociedad Civil de La Libertad, region near Chiclayo, gave us ideas on the matter to initiate a process of citizen articulation that is currently used to promote the Open Government of La Libertad. The experience of Leopoldo León and Paula Santos, whom have been involved in social activism for years, gave the #Comunidata an intergenerational vision, and also a firm invitation to actively engage in upcoming activities. The final part of the event was an integration of the audience with the experts, previously mentioned. Guests were able to ask questions to the members of the panel who gave their knowledgeable answers which concluded a great evening. In conclusion, COMUNIDATA has been an opportunity to gather citizens interest in learning to work with Open Data, with civil society organizations and entities working on projects from the local level, regional level to the national level. This networking will be materialized in our future meetings, for example, in mappings of civil society organizations and their projects, in the legal strengthening of initiatives that work with accessing information, and in the development of the first “Experimental Laboratory Festival”, Festilab, in Chiclayo, which will be related to the use of Open Data. This event could not have been possible without the amazing support from the co-leader of Naimlab: Keyla Sandoval, and the leader of Iguana Org: Karen Diaz. Both are special contributors to this project with whom we will continue to work to strengthen citizen’s participation with the use of Open Data.

Open Data Day: Women in Power

Argentina

Open data mapping. How many women hold public positions in the province of Mendoza?

On Friday, March 1, as part of the international open data day, the Open Data Day event was held: Women in Power. The meeting took place in the postgraduate room of the Agustín Maza University and brought together about 20 people. For several decades, women around the world have been demanding their right to hold public office and participate in politics. Under this impulse, the analysis was proposed in the Province of Mendoza of the level of participation of women in public positions, identifying the positions and places they occupy in the Legislature, the Executive Power and in Justice. The activity was carried out through the massive search of information through the different official digital portals. It gathered journalists, researchers, public officials, civil society organizations, specialists in the use and exploitation of open data, as well as professionals and students from other areas such as health and law. The conclusions of the mapping were:
  1. In most of the official digital portals the data is outdated, and those portals that reflect updated public information do not have the appropriate formats for processing and reuse.
  2. In the Executive Power it was possible to elucidate that there is a cap close to 35% of female quota in some sectors. Women represent the majority in areas related to health, education and culture, but their participation is very low in the areas of economy, security and infrastructure. Also, the highest positions are mostly occupied by men. An example that can be illustrating is that, in the health area, only 4 women direct the 24 hospitals that exist in the Province.
  3. In the case of the Judiciary, the scarce representation of women in higher positions is reflected in the fact that the seven members of the Supreme Court, the highest court of justice, are men. In the other levels of the Judiciary there is a greater presence of women. 60.87% of employees and state officials are women.
  4. Finally, regarding the Legislative Power, the female quota is close to 35%. In the Senate, of 38 posts only 13 are occupied by women representing 34.21% of the body. In addition, of 16 unicameral commissions, only 5 (31.25%) are chaired by women. Following the study, the Chamber of Deputies has 20 women in its 48 positions, that is, 41.67% and the commissions are 4 out of 11, 36.36%.
After the analysis of the data, a debate began under the following: Is there gender equality in the distribution of positions in the Province of Mendoza? The discussion was enriched by the different views and contributions of all the participants. It was concluded that equality in access to public office should not correspond to an arithmetical equality in terms of the number of positions held, but that women have the real possibility of occupying spaces of decision-making power. Faced with this perspective, governments must make concerted efforts to promote the participation of women in the institutional life of the State and accommodate the voice of women themselves to generate solutions to overcome current barriers. The UN explains that the International Women’s Day “is a good time to reflect on the progress made, ask for more changes and celebrate the courage and determination of ordinary women who have played a key role in the history of their lives. countries and communities.”

Convert the ideal of equality into tangible reality

This March 8, we must celebrate, but also raise awareness. We have come a long way to reach this point, but there is still much to be done. For this reason from CLADH we want to celebrate this International Women’s Day not only by echoing messages in favor of equality, justice and development but also by working on concrete projects so that this desire for equality is transformed into a tangible reality. Simple changes are needed, but of a great magnitude. Our rulers and all civil society must understand that equality and respect are the only way to the future.

Organization

The organization in charge was the Fundación Nuestra Mendoza, Centro Latinoamericano de Derechos Humanos (CLADH) and the School of Journalism of the Juan Agustín Maza University.  

Biographies

Clara Cubas is the Co-Leader of Naimlab: Social Innovation Lab. She is a strategic IT professional with expertise in Processes Improvement and strong interests in Social Innovation, Open data and Creative Commons.   María Fabiola Cantú is the Executive Director of Centro Latinoamericano de Derechos Humanos (CLADH). She is a lawyer who studied at the Universidad Nacional de Cuyo, Law School (Mendoza-Argentina), where she had an outstanding academic performance. She was recognized by the Argentine Federation of Women as the best graduate of her career. Diploma in International Defense of Human Rights (Escuela de Prácticas Jurídicas de la Universidad de Zaragoza – CLADH). Diploma in Women Human Rights (Universidad Austral – with collaboration of OEA). Selected in 2015 to conduct an academic exchange at the Faculty of Law of the Autonomous University of Chiapas (San Cristobal de las Casas, Chiapas, Mexico), where she studied International Systems for the Protection of Human Rights, International Law and Indigenous Law. During her stay in Mexico she collaborated with the Penitentiary Center No. 5 of San Cristóbal de las Casas in the integration of the indigenous population with the rest of the prison population.

She served as Director of the Freedom of Expression and Transparency Area of ​​Centro Latinoamericano de Derechos Humanos (CLADH). She is currently the Coordinator of the International Journal of Human Rights, a scientific publication of the same organization. Shee has experience in international litigation of human rights cases and in human rights activism on issues of access to public information and citizen participation.    

Open Data Day in Argentina: MenstruAction and Open Data for equality and citizen empowerment

- March 25, 2019 in argentina, equal development, Open Data Day, open data day 2019

This report is part of the event report series on International Open Data Day 2019. On Saturday 2nd March, groups from around the world organised over 300 events to celebrate, promote and spread the use of open data. Escuela de Fiscales and Economía Femini(s)ta received funding through the mini-grant scheme by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office of the United Kingdom, to organise events under the Equal Development theme. This is a joint report produced by Florencia Tundis, Lucía Espiñeira and Luciana Ambrosio: their biographies are included at the bottom of this post.  

MenstruAction

Promoting public policies for an egalitarian society

On March 8th, 2017, we launched #MenstruAction, a campaign that aims to show that menstruation is also a factor of inequality. This topic was added to a long list of gender issues that frame the work of Economía Femini(s)ta since 2015, such as gender pay gap, housework and other key factors that determine social disparities. Despite Menstruation being a fact for half of the world’s population, it’s still a taboo. The stigma around it affects the way we produce and share knowledge across communities. Official health campaigns in Argentina either do not provide or collect data about the consequences of long term exposure to chemicals by using tampons and pads, nor about its impact in school absenteeism due to lack of access to menstrual management products and environmental consequences in local ecosystems due to deforestation linked to its production. On March 2nd 2019 the Open Data Day took place in Buenos Aires. It’s the first time that we as an organization organize this event. Our main goal was to create an estimation on how much it costs for an Argentinian woman to menstruate. Our idea is to put this data to use, so that we can raise awareness in our society about the actual cost of tampons and pads. We did research on the medium age in which a woman starts to menstruate (menarche) and the age, when menstruation stops (menopause). Then, we crossed this information with the medium annual cost for a woman to menstruate, so we can know how much a woman spends per year in all her life in pads or tampons. We were 9 women: four economists, a science communicator, two economic students and two software engineers. We developed a scraper based on the Precios Claros website (https://www.preciosclaros.gob.ar/), which has open data about the prices of all the products that are commercialized in our country. With this input we were able to create a “menstrual basket”, which didn’t exist so far, due to the lack of visibility on this issue. This experience allowed us to partner with Las De Sistemas (@lasdesistemas), an organization that works to make the role of women and LGBTIQ people in the IT world. The technical knowledge to develop the “menstrual basket” came from them. We are very happy with the outcome, and hope to participate in many other events on open data to come!

Open Data for equality and citizen empowerment

Meanwhile, in the city of Mar del Plata, Argentina, the Open Data Day event was organized for the second consecutive year by the civil society organization Escuela de Fiscales. The main objective of this year was to invite other organizations that do not yet work with open data to know the possibilities they offer to achieve transparency and tools for the design of ideas and policies that generate egalitarian and fair societies. This year a dozen people participated in the call, among which were authorities of “Acompañantes Terapeuticos por la Vocacion”, “Acompañantes Terapeuticos Humanistas”, the society of cooperative action “El Progreso” and the group “Propuesta Democratica”. The activity was developed under the modality of a round table, where short exposures were made to generate triggers that later would be debated by the concurrence. With these exhibitions, practical cases were also visualized to generate an impact on how the data solved specific problems. In this way, after a brief introduction to the theory of open data, an interesting debate was generated regarding how they could be used in various areas, especially those related to inclusion and equal opportunities. During the debate that lasted more than two hours several issues were touched, among them how the correct information of the citizenship through the use of data can serve to combat fakes news and in that way allow better decisions to be made with greater freedom and knowledge. One of the main concerns of the participants was focused on how to ensure that Open Data could be disseminated for the generalized use of the population, and how to make transparency a central issue. In this way, the conversation derived in how the use of technology could favor, through the creation of webs and apps, the use of open data both for the diagnosis of community problems, citizen control and the solution of problems daily activities of citizenship. The meeting resulted in a strong commitment from the attending organizations and the organizer to continue on a path of joint work and to expand and make massive the use of open data and generate concrete solutions to problems in our community.  

Biographies

Lucía Espiñeira is 21 years old and an Economics student in the University of Buenos Aires (UBA). She takes part in the MenstruAction campaign since 2017. She believes that academic tools are online useful in the streets. She works as a Junior Analyst in a consulting firm. A life dedicated to feminism and social justice is her main goals so far. Florencia Tundis is Economist and Cinematographic Scriptwriter. She works as a public employee, editor and scriptwriter. In the daytime, she tries to change de world with economics and feminism. In the nighttime, she writes stories that inspire girls and women to empower. Her idols are Amy Poehler, Nora Ephron, Salvadora Medina Onrubia and yourself. Luciana Ambrosio is Director of Accessibility and Inclusion of the OSC Escuela de Fiscales and activist of OGP Argentina. She seeks to promote democratic alternatives to introduce improvements in society and the environment. She works for the recognition of the rights of people in situations of vulnerability and through civic activism finds a promising way to achieve those goals.

Follow the Money in Uruguay, Argentina and El Salvador

- May 7, 2018 in argentina, El Salvador, Follow the Money, Open Data Day, open data day 2018, uruguay

This blog has been written by Maximiliano Benedetti (Demos) and CoST El Salvador This blog is part of the event report series on International Open Data Day 2018. On Saturday 3 March, groups from around the world organised over 400 events to celebrate, promote and spread the use of open data. 45 events received additional support through the Open Knowledge International mini-grants scheme, funded by Hivos, SPARC, Mapbox, the Hewlett Foundation and the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office. The events in this blog were supported through the mini-grants scheme under the Follow the Money theme.

Uruguay & Argentina: Río Abierto

For the second year in a row, we celebrated Open Data Day in Río Uruguay. It took place on 3 March 2018 in the city of Paysandú. In this occasion the activity focused on the economical problems that floodings bring, tracking the public funds used to alleviate the damages these natural phenomenons cause. Argentina and Uruguay are borderlining countries divided by two important natural barriers: the River Plate and the Uruguay River. We focused on the Uruguay River given that in recent years floodings have increasingly affected the population in the coast cities and rural areas. Because of these catastrophes, governments must respond immediately. They need to not only recover production, commerce and tourism in such zones, but also rebuild the basic rights that are affected. The event was hosted by three organisations that work with data: Datos Concepción from Argentina; Demos from Uruguay; and PODER with their Latin American office. We got interest from the Council of Concepción del Uruguay, the support of Radio Franca and the presence of the Argentinian Consulate in Uruguay, as well as the Paysandú Development Agency, who supported greatly to run the event. We also developed a website for the event, which we will update with each edition (www.datosriouruguay.org) The event was designed prioritizing the collective activity of participants. We ran a hackathon. Since we had different levels of knowledge regarding the topic, we started with an introduction to open data, why they’re important and how they can be used. Then we showed some practical examples, which were useful to launch the hackathon. Approximately 30 people were registered for this year. From the event we had two different proposals. Una was generating an “Flooding expenditure calculator” to help local governments manage these catastrophes. The second was to create an information system about the affected territories, focusing on a regional map that allows people to update the information about each zone. In an agreement with the Paysandú Development Agency, we gave the prize of incubation of the projects. In order to give continuity, we want the winning group (Flooding expenditure calculator) to have the chance to continue working on the project with the support of the organizers.

Tracking the money of contracting public infrastructure in El Salvador

On Friday, March 16, 2018, thanks to the support of Open Data Day, an event called “Track the money of infrastructure contracting in El Salvador” was held, where the following topics were discussed:
  • Importance of transparency in the construction sector
  • Importance of access to public information
  • Forms of disclosure of information by public institutions, proactive disclosure, and reactive disclosure
  • Access to Public Information Law (LAIP)
  • Overview of CoST El Salvador: what is CoST, work methodology, assurance process, indicators
The event was aimed at students and university professors, since it was considered that they can be agents of change to promote a culture based on transparency and tracking of the money of public infrastructure contracting. On this occasion the event was held in a private university in the country, however, due to the acceptance of the event, it is being negotiated with other universities to provide similar events. In addition to the presentation made, the participants were given a brochure containing information on the subject matter dealt with, in order to try to expand the information. CoST  is an initiative that seeks to increase the value of public infrastructure throughout the world, by increasing the transparency with which projects are executed, as well as encouraging citizen demand for accountability.  One of the main lines of work of CoST is the Assurance Process, which is designed to improve the usefulness of the information that public institutions disclose about infrastructure projects. This is done by means of the verification of the information based on the CoST Infrastructure Data Standard, which is made up of 79 indicators or Data Points that cover all the stages of the construction of a work.

Follow the Money in Uruguay, Argentina and El Salvador

- May 7, 2018 in argentina, El Salvador, Follow the Money, Open Data Day, open data day 2018, uruguay

This blog has been written by Maximiliano Benedetti (Demos) and CoST El Salvador This blog is part of the event report series on International Open Data Day 2018. On Saturday 3 March, groups from around the world organised over 400 events to celebrate, promote and spread the use of open data. 45 events received additional support through the Open Knowledge International mini-grants scheme, funded by Hivos, SPARC, Mapbox, the Hewlett Foundation and the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office. The events in this blog were supported through the mini-grants scheme under the Follow the Money theme.

Uruguay & Argentina: Río Abierto

For the second year in a row, we celebrated Open Data Day in Río Uruguay. It took place on 3 March 2018 in the city of Paysandú. In this occasion the activity focused on the economical problems that floodings bring, tracking the public funds used to alleviate the damages these natural phenomenons cause. Argentina and Uruguay are borderlining countries divided by two important natural barriers: the River Plate and the Uruguay River. We focused on the Uruguay River given that in recent years floodings have increasingly affected the population in the coast cities and rural areas. Because of these catastrophes, governments must respond immediately. They need to not only recover production, commerce and tourism in such zones, but also rebuild the basic rights that are affected. The event was hosted by three organisations that work with data: Datos Concepción from Argentina; Demos from Uruguay; and PODER with their Latin American office. We got interest from the Council of Concepción del Uruguay, the support of Radio Franca and the presence of the Argentinian Consulate in Uruguay, as well as the Paysandú Development Agency, who supported greatly to run the event. We also developed a website for the event, which we will update with each edition (www.datosriouruguay.org) The event was designed prioritizing the collective activity of participants. We ran a hackathon. Since we had different levels of knowledge regarding the topic, we started with an introduction to open data, why they’re important and how they can be used. Then we showed some practical examples, which were useful to launch the hackathon. Approximately 30 people were registered for this year. From the event we had two different proposals. Una was generating an “Flooding expenditure calculator” to help local governments manage these catastrophes. The second was to create an information system about the affected territories, focusing on a regional map that allows people to update the information about each zone. In an agreement with the Paysandú Development Agency, we gave the prize of incubation of the projects. In order to give continuity, we want the winning group (Flooding expenditure calculator) to have the chance to continue working on the project with the support of the organizers.

Tracking the money of contracting public infrastructure in El Salvador

On Friday, March 16, 2018, thanks to the support of Open Data Day, an event called “Track the money of infrastructure contracting in El Salvador” was held, where the following topics were discussed:
  • Importance of transparency in the construction sector
  • Importance of access to public information
  • Forms of disclosure of information by public institutions, proactive disclosure, and reactive disclosure
  • Access to Public Information Law (LAIP)
  • Overview of CoST El Salvador: what is CoST, work methodology, assurance process, indicators
The event was aimed at students and university professors, since it was considered that they can be agents of change to promote a culture based on transparency and tracking of the money of public infrastructure contracting. On this occasion the event was held in a private university in the country, however, due to the acceptance of the event, it is being negotiated with other universities to provide similar events. In addition to the presentation made, the participants were given a brochure containing information on the subject matter dealt with, in order to try to expand the information. CoST  is an initiative that seeks to increase the value of public infrastructure throughout the world, by increasing the transparency with which projects are executed, as well as encouraging citizen demand for accountability.  One of the main lines of work of CoST is the Assurance Process, which is designed to improve the usefulness of the information that public institutions disclose about infrastructure projects. This is done by means of the verification of the information based on the CoST Infrastructure Data Standard, which is made up of 79 indicators or Data Points that cover all the stages of the construction of a work.

Open Data Day Buenos Aires – building open agenda for Argentina

- May 12, 2017 in argentina, OK Argentina, Open Data Day, SDG

Open data is not familiar with weekends! However, on Saturday, March 4th, 2017, public officials, civil society organisations, civic hackers and many interested citizens came together in Vicente López to share projects and ideas around open data. In this event, the community also began to discuss the present and future of open data in Argentina. This year we focused the event on the topic of open data in local governments. We did so in different ways: Panels, roundtables, lightning talk and the development of the “Open Data Agenda 2017” of Argentina. We started in the morning with a panel to think and debate the different ways of advocating for an Open State. We wanted to overcome the notion that open government only serves the executive branch, and that it is relevant to the judicial and legislative branches as well. In this panel, we had Gonzalo Iglesias, the national director of public data and information, Karina Banfi, National deputy for the province of Buenos Aires and Mariano Heller, the secretary of the council of judiciary. The Panel was moderated by  Agustin Frizzera, the director of Democracia en Red. In mid-morning, we held another panel on how open data can strengthen citizenship. Data can help to inform and to approve the way we make decisions, and in the case of the private sector, it can help to generate economic development. This panel included Agustina de Luca, Transparency manager in the foundation Directorio Legislativo, and Paula Moreno Frers, who works at content development at  Here Technologies, a company that uses open data to improve their maps. Agustina stressed in the panel the importance of open data to achieve the objective of the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG). The event did not ignore the growth of local open data portal in the past year. In this sense, the third panel had participants from Pilar, Tigre, Cordoba and Villa Maria. The panellists share their best practices in local open government and open data. Likewise, they presented the challenges in opening up internally and externally. On the one hand, it is important to have legitimacy from within the system to have a process to open up data. On the other hand, when being external facing, it is also important to have a stable portal that promotes re-use of data by the society. This includes useful visualisations, good search engines and relevant information. After lunch, we had round tables to define Argentina’s open agenda for 2017. We discussed subjects such as: –  The importance of opening data in national and local government –  What data is important to citizens  – The development of open source software as a way to promote transparency  -The possibility to create data journalism from open data – The linkage between open data and SDG  -Gender equality – How to build economic development from data At the end of the day, we had lightning talks with experts in the field that presented different open data projects. For example – the local open data index in Argentina for 2017, a ranking for the local open data portals in Argentina, the transparency portal of the river Cuardo and the projects datos abiertos melendez and “Aquí estamos, mapa del #8M”.

“The Uruguay is not a river” – Open Data Day Rio Uruguay builds a new community

- April 12, 2017 in argentina, environment, Open Data Day, river, uruguay

This blog is part of the event report series on International Open Data Day 2017. On Saturday 4 March, groups from around the world organised over 300 events to celebrate, promote and spread the use of open data. 44 events received additional support through the Open Knowledge International mini-grants scheme, funded by SPARC, the Open Contracting Program of Hivos, Article 19, Hewlett Foundation and the UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office. This event was supported through the mini-grants scheme under the open data for environment theme. This blog was originally written in Spanish and was translated by Mor Rubinstein and Oscar Montiel. The Singer-songwriter, Anibal Sampayo,described the Uruguay River in a unique way:  “El Uruguay no es un río: es un cielo azul que viaja”. Meaning, The Uruguay is not a river: It is blue sky that travels. Born in the coastal town of Paysandú, Sampayo knew how to summarise in this song the importance of this watercourse that links three countries: Argentina, Brazil and Uruguay. Hundreds of years of history have passed through this watercourse. These three nations raised and got independence from the Spanish and Portuguese empires, they had lived together through periods of encounters and calm. In the last decades, social-political problems affected the relations between Argentina and Uruguay, and now slowly this relationship is building up. At the same time, the residents of the coastal zones are witnessing the effects of huge floods, a product of climate change. With the aim to support the affected population, the data journalism organisations of  Subsidios Claros in Uruguay and Datos Concepción in Argentina have created a joint task force to help this issue. We chose to join the global call for Open Data Day event that happened on the 4th of March, and we created the binational event: The Uruguay river open data day. The activity took place in the city of  Paysandú since its location is easy to access from both Argentina and Uruguay. The primary objective for the day was that institutions, experts, and activists of the area could create an interactive map of the activities that are connected to the river As a key point, we tackled the problem of the massive floods in the cities of  Paysandú and Salto in Uruguay and the cities Concordia, Concepción, San José and Colón in the region of Entre Ríos in Argentina There were two tasks for the day. The first task was to produce an alarm system for the cities mentioned above by using an open data dataset of climate effects. As a second task, we tried to analyse the different environmental, economic and demographic impact of this area. We were honoured by the presence of government officials from the municipalities of Concepción, San José, and Paysandú, together with journalists, graphic designers, programmers and citizens who are interested in the topic. With the exception of one government member, the participants did not have prior knowledge about the significance or use of open data. The peak point of our work was that those who were affected by the floods were actively participating, and they saw how technology with civic purpose can help to find solutions for their problems. People of different ages, genders, profiles, cities and interests met and created teams and proposals in less than 8 hours of the hackathon. In the end, symbolic prizes were given – jams that were produced by local women from the region. The event was successful, and people created follow-up actions. Now are expecting to have a second meeting for the community. This session will be defined in the near future.

The future

This event created a network of people and organisations that are linked by the theme. The founders of this initiative, Adrian Pino (Datos Concepción) and Maximiliano Debenedetti (Subsidios Claros), coordinate the work of a bi-national team that will ensure the continuity of the project. The project achieved some partnerships that will give sustainability to the project:  The municipalities of Paysandú and Concepción, a company from the region – Río Uruguay Seguros, the agency for development of Paysandú, the agency for digital government in Uruguay (AGESIC) and the future participation of the binational organisation CARU From this activity, three projects that will work simultaneously were brought to life. All created by the attendees and presented as the result of a day of work. At the same time, because of the media attention (we got several notes of journalists from both countries) and dissemination on government websites about these subjects, a large number of public and private institutions are interested in what we can achieve. They have sent us their support and communicated with the organisers. All in all, we can assert that the activity on of March 4th is the kickstart of a proposal to research, to work together and integrate. We wish that this work will follow the blue sky that travels and it will arrive at the to success.

Coexistence of mate! On the left: Mate from Uruguay, on the Right: Mate from Argentina