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Gamification of Open Data to Empower School Learners in Pretoria

- March 30, 2017 in budget, Open Data Day

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 contracting and tracking public money flows theme. The Centre for Geoinformation Science (CGIS), the University of Pretoria in South Africa, hosted an event on 4 March 2017 for school learners to celebrate International Open Data Day.  The aim was to introduce school learners to South African open data on public spending through gamification. This provided the learners with an interactive way of engaging with the data and exploring national budgets and spending. The day began with a brief introduction to open data and it benefits to our local community and South Africa as a whole. Gamification was used to encourage active participation during the event, by providing the learners with questions relating to public funds and spending. For example, participants could exchange points for hints to assist in answering the questions. For the quiz, 15 questions based on various provided datasets were developed. Datasets were acquired from the South African National Treasury and the Code4SA open data portalBelow are some examples of questions asked:
  1. Which University had the highest income in 2014?
  2. How much was the Chief Justice paid in the year 2014?
  3. What was the average salary per month before tax of a member of Parliament in 2014?
The open source TCexam computer-based assessment system was used for the quiz, allowing a user-friendly system.

Learnings!

Working with computers was a highlight for the learners, as they did not only learn about open data but also had the opportunity to display their computer literacy skill. CGIS students assisted learners during the day with any software issues and provided additional guidance during the quiz. The day ended with prizes for the top 5 groups. The prizes included scientific calculators, notebooks and other stationary. The general feedback from the learners was very positive and they were generally excited about open data and its many possibilities in helping deal with societal, political and economic issues.  A short video on the day is available below  We would like to thank the sponsors of this event, Open Knowledge International, Hivos and Article 19. Without their support, this event would not have been possible.  

Open Data got to Paraguay to stay – Open Data Day 2017

- March 27, 2017 in budget, civic tech, Open Data, Open Data Day, Open Knowledge, opendataday

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 Follow Public Money theme. The original post was published Girolabs blog in Spanish and was translated by Oscar Montiel 

Open Data got to Paraguay to stay! This was proven in this year’s edition of Open Data Day which took place at the Loffice Terrace.

  The event brought together more than 40 people and friends of the data community, from Civil Society and Government. The event was organized by Girolabs, TEDIC, CIRD and SENATICs. We started with a small snack to warm up and then we continued with lightning talks and discussions.  

Maps and Open Data

  The first ones to speak were José Gonzalez and the creators of TOPA app. José introduced the Open Street Map (OSM) Paraguay community and how everyone can contribute to open data and this big repository of geodata. Then came the TOPA team, who introduced an app based on OSM to create a Traffic and Transport Information System; an integral, sustainable, collaborative platform where users, transit drivers and government offices collaborate to gather and process information about mobility, traffic and transport in real time, from crowdsourced and their own data.  

Open Data and Civil Society

  In this edition of #ODD17, civil society generated and presented relevant data for better transparency and control by the citizens.   This was the case of CIRD, who presented their project Ñañomoiru, where they try to make more transparent and improve the services provided by the Social Accion Secretary. This office’s goal is to improve the quality of life of people living in a state of poverty and vulnerability, providing easy access to nourishment, health and education, by increasing access to these basic services and strengthening relations to reduce intergenerational poverty. In another CIRD project, called “A quienes Elegimos”, they released their tools of authority monitoring and a data set of municipal authorities that they gathered. Techo presented their project Relevamiento de Asentamientos Informales (RAP) and their platform mapadeasentamientos.org.py which makes the data about life conditions of settlements in Asunción available as open data. Gabriela Gaona told us about her experience working in many apps based on open data and how citizens can request information through http://informacionpublica.paraguay.gov.py/.  

Where’s our money?

  One of the main subjects of the night was government data about public money. Federico Sosa, the director of Open Government in Paraguay showed the progress of the government’s open data.   Right now, everybody can monitor what is done with public money. All the data from the Tax Office about the budgeting, public debt and spending are available in their portal.

Let’s request data!

  To end the night, SENATICs, using Open Data Day as a platform, in the presence of Leticia Romero and the Minister David Campos, launched the Ideathon InnovandoPY challenge, where they want citizens to support government, companies and civil society organizations to know which data should be available. The challenge will be open until March 31, 2017. The SENATICs will provide mentorship to show participants how to open data.
This was a relaxed event but full of information, debate and sharing between people committed to transparency, innovation and citizen participation. We also gave people stickers and t-shirts from the event. We want to thank the Open Data Day organizers for the support and for making Paraguay visible in the map of open data communities.

Es ist höchste Zeit: Transparenz-Initiative unterschreiben!

- March 10, 2017 in Allgemein, budget, Daten

Opendata.ch setzt sich ein für Transparenz dank offener Daten, auch bei politischen Kampagnen. Die Transparenzinitiative verfolgt als Ziel die massvolle Offenlegung der Politikfinanzierung und ist die erste Open Data Volksinitiative!

Schweiz ist das einzige Land Europas, das die Finanzierung von Parteien und Komitees nicht regelt. Bürgerinnen und Bürger haben das Recht zu wissen, was eine Wahl- oder Abstimmungskampagne kostet und wer dahinter steht.

Mit der Transparenz-Intiative werden anonyme Grossspenden verboten. Parteien legen gegenüber der Bundeskanzlei ihre Rechnung und die Herkunft aller Spenden über Fr. 10’000 offen. Auch Personen und Komitees, die in einer Kampagne mehr als Fr. 100’000 einsetzen, sind verpflichtet, Grossspenden zu deklarieren. Die Zahlen werden vor der Wahl respektive der Abstimmung publik gemacht.

Für mehr Transparenz in der Politikfinanzierung! 

Vita Huset Släpper Budget för 2016 Open Source!

- February 3, 2015 in budget, github, Medium, Open Source, open-government, Vita Huset, White House

Vita Husets Budget för 2016

Vita Husets Budget för 2016 CC: WhiteHouse.gov

Idag släppte Vita Huset och USA:s regering 2016 års budget. Det spännande med detta års budget är att den publiceras som öppen källkod (open source) på GitHub. Den består i nuläget av tre filer i förrådet, och är ett utdrag ur budgetsiffrorna, därmed kanske inte helt open source. Däremot finns ytterligare filer att hämta vid behov. Det finns en användarguide för hur en kan använda denna budgetdata. Detta initiativ gör det fritt fram för vem som helst att analysera data, kombinera och dela, helt fritt i enlighet med Creative Commons Zero-licens! Den går också att läsa helt öppet via blogg-plattformen Medium. Detta spännande drag är en möjlig framgång för Open Government-rörelsen inom Open Knowledge och kan bana vägen för fler! Än så länge publicerar Finansdepartementet bara nyckeltabeller ur Regeringens budgetar. När får vi se Sverige göra sin budget mer öppen på detta sätt? Dags att de digitala möjligheterna tas på allvar! Med initiativen följer även vissa frågor: Hur kan detta initiativ stärka demokratin? Och hur kan det påverka förtroende till anförtrodda makthavare? Vilka berättelser och lärdomar kommer vi uppleva baserat på denna data? De som öppnar får se! Läs mer om nyheten på Vita Husets hemsida!

In Cameroon, budget transparency one council at a time

- August 5, 2014 in assoal, budget, budget data package, cameroon, council, Spending Stories, World Bank

How a tool like OpenSpending can help to better channel public spending into basic services in Cameroon. Version française In Cameroon, forest exploitation yield lots of money. Wood is indeed the third largest source of exports of the country, following oil and cocoa. In return, every logging company must pay a tax whose a part goes […]

In Cameroon, budget transparency one council at a time

- August 5, 2014 in assoal, budget, budget data package, cameroon, council, Spending Stories, World Bank

How a tool like OpenSpending can help to better channel public spending into basic services in Cameroon. Version française In Cameroon, forest exploitation yield lots of money. Wood is indeed the third largest source of exports of the country, following oil and cocoa. In return, every logging company must pay a tax whose a part goes […]

Au Cameroun, la transparence budgétaire, village par village

- August 5, 2014 in assoal, banque mondiale, budget, cameroun, commune, Spending Stories, transparence

Comment un outil comme OpenSpending peut aider à mieux orienter les dépenses publiques vers les services de base au Cameroun. English version here Au Cameroun, l’exploitation des forêts rapporte beaucoup d’argent. Le bois est ainsi la troisième source d’exportation du pays, après le pétrole et le cacao. En contrepartie, chaque entreprise du secteur doit s’acquitter […]

Au Cameroun, la transparence budgétaire, village par village

- August 5, 2014 in assoal, banque mondiale, budget, cameroun, commune, Spending Stories, transparence

Comment un outil comme OpenSpending peut aider à mieux orienter les dépenses publiques vers les services de base au Cameroun. English version here Au Cameroun, l’exploitation des forêts rapporte beaucoup d’argent. Le bois est ainsi la troisième source d’exportation du pays, après le pétrole et le cacao. En contrepartie, chaque entreprise du secteur doit s’acquitter […]