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
form...
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 pr...
I love data – all 651 pages of it

Image © http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilri/
Learn something new about your
party in 30 seconds

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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 c...
Come to our meet-ups. Join our mailing lists
our meet-ups. Join our mailing lists
Come to our meet-ups. Join our mailing l...
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 c...
Local Context:
People relate to what they can see.
Local information has more impact
than national statistics.
http://dots...
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

●
...
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@soapsudtycoon
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Open Data Talk at a Wiki Advocate Training Workshop in Cape Town - 27 February, 2014

  1. 1. Promoting Informed Decision-making Adi Eyal adi@code4sa.org @soapsudtycoon
  2. 2. 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/
  3. 3. Advocacy Open data policy working group Talk shops PAIA Requests Copyright Copyright Copyright
  4. 4. Advocacy Open data policy working group Talk shops PAIA Requests More copyright
  5. 5. Advocacy Open data policy working group Talk shops PAIA Requests Frivolous or vexatious
  6. 6. Despite what many people think – data already exists Image © http://www.flickr.com/photos/dfid/
  7. 7. Using data to make medicines more affordable Image © http://www.flickr.com/photos/dfid/
  8. 8. Photo credit: http://www.flickr.com/photos/runesteiness/ Success – easy peasy
  9. 9. Thank goodness we have ceiling prices to protect the consumer Image © http://www.flickr.com/photos/dfid/
  10. 10. Why stop at the public sector? http://mpr.code4sa.org Image © http://www.flickr.com/photos/dfid/
  11. 11. 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/
  12. 12. I love data – all 651 pages of it Image © http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilri/
  13. 13. Learn something new about your party in 30 seconds Image © http://www.flickr.com/photos/ilri/
  14. 14. Not just pretty pictures: Data journalism is about telling stories in new ways http://za.okfn.org/files/2013/03/wards.png
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. Media Fellowship Programme: We support media to explore how data journalism can improve newsrooms’ ability to report and communicate.
  17. 17. 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
  18. 18. Data eco-system We liberate data http://wards.code4sa.org Build APIs Stimulate demand http://iec.code4sa.org
  19. 19. http://www.code4sa.org/2014/01/09/IDP-hackathon-feedback.html December Hackathon http://www.electionmap.co.za
  20. 20. February Speed data(ing) MP Gift Disclosures
  21. 21. Data can be fun (and misleading)
  22. 22. 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/
  23. 23. Local Context: People relate to what they can see. Local information has more impact than national statistics. http://dotspotting.org/u/980/sheets/2279
  24. 24. Hyper-local is the new awesome
  25. 25. Know your hood
  26. 26. 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
  27. 27. Contact Us adi@code4sa.org @soapsudtycoon Come to our meet-ups. Join our mailing lists http://www.code4sa.org/#community

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