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Open Data in South Africa. What is it? What is the South African context? A couple of Case Studies and how to get involved

Open Data in South Africa. What is it? What is the South African context? A couple of Case Studies and how to get involved

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Open Data Talk at a Wiki Advocate Training Workshop in Cape Town - 27 February, 2014 Open Data Talk at a Wiki Advocate Training Workshop in Cape Town - 27 February, 2014 Presentation Transcript

  • Promoting Informed Decision-making Adi Eyal adi@code4sa.org @soapsudtycoon
  • What is open data – isn't it just transparency? Available Accessible Available in bulk Available in machine readable format (mb not kg) Open data copyright – which means (commercial use!!) Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/illustrator/
  • Advocacy Open data policy working group Talk shops PAIA Requests Copyright Copyright Copyright
  • Advocacy Open data policy working group Talk shops PAIA Requests More copyright
  • Advocacy Open data policy working group Talk shops PAIA Requests Frivolous or vexatious
  • Despite what many people think – data already exists Image © http://www.flickr.com/photos/dfid/
  • Using data to make medicines more affordable Image © http://www.flickr.com/photos/dfid/
  • Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/runesteiness/ Success – easy peasy
  • Thank goodness we have ceiling prices to protect the consumer Image © http://www.flickr.com/photos/dfid/
  • Why stop at the public sector? http://mpr.code4sa.org Image © http://www.flickr.com/photos/dfid/
  • Code for South Africa is an NGO that supports informed decision making in society through the use of technology and the promotion of access to information. Image © http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilri/
  • I love data – all 651 pages of it Image © http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilri/
  • Learn something new about your party in 30 seconds Image © http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilri/
  • Not just pretty pictures: Data journalism is about telling stories in new ways http://za.okfn.org/files/2013/03/wards.png
  • Data isn’t the story: It can help you find it but it won’t tell it for you. http://za.okfn.org/files/2013/03/sample.png
  • Media Fellowship Programme: We support media to explore how data journalism can improve newsrooms’ ability to report and communicate.
  • Come to our meet-ups. Join our mailing lists our meet-ups. Join our mailing lists Come to our meet-ups. Join our mailing lists http://www.code4sa.org/#community http://www.code4sa.org/#community http://www.code4sa.org/#community Code4Democracy Community Outreach Hackathons, Meet-ups Mailing lists
  • Data eco-system We liberate data http://wards.code4sa.org Build APIs Stimulate demand http://iec.code4sa.org
  • http://www.code4sa.org/2014/01/09/IDP-hackathon-feedback.html December Hackathon http://www.electionmap.co.za
  • February Speed data(ing) MP Gift Disclosures
  • Data can be fun (and misleading)
  • Visualisation: Most South Africans don’t believe that granular data exists - and even if it does, they believe it is too complex for ordinary citizens to use meaningfully. http://dotmap.adrianfrith.com/
  • Local Context: People relate to what they can see. Local information has more impact than national statistics. http://dotspotting.org/u/980/sheets/2279
  • Hyper-local is the new awesome
  • Know your hood
  • Show me the data ● http://www.africaopendata.org ● Superweb on StatSA (use Google to find it) ● http://iec.org.za ● http://demarcation.org.za ● The best place is to ask on the mailing lists Join our mailing lists http://www.code4sa.org/#community
  • Contact Us adi@code4sa.org @soapsudtycoon Come to our meet-ups. Join our mailing lists http://www.code4sa.org/#community