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  • (not to completely discount the fact that no data is used)
  • Why it is important? Why should it bother us?
  • Demand will put pressure on us to perform better!
  • …to ask those questions and have felt the genuine need for effective data dissemination?
  • As of today even though we have some kind of data on-line. Its very distributed, not open and of course not developer friendly.


  • 1. Getting data used!Rajiv Ranjan, ICT Advisor, NISRAugust, 2010
  • 2. Getting data used (more)!
  • 3. Why?
  • 4. It is in our interest • Ensures quality of production of statistics.“We produce data with hard work, but if it is not used (enough), then it is not worth it. It is like building expensive roads which is not frequented by people (instead, they take another road!)”
  • 5. What is stopping us?
  • 6. Challenges• Large volume of data• Low dissemination & communication (relatively)Questions to ask ourselves: – Are users being drowned in data? – How do we ensure that the important messages in data are easy to find?
  • 7. Are we alone?
  • 8. Someone had asked these questions before Hans Rosling (Sweden) • Professor of International Health at Karolinska Institute, Sweden • Director of the Gapminder Foundation (Developer of Trendalyzer software). • Studied statistics, medicine and public health • A licenced physician, served as District Medical Officer in Nacala in northern Mozambique. Hans Rosling shows the best stats youve ever seen (Feb 2006, TED Conference, Monterey, California, 19:53Min)
  • 9. What can we do?
  • 10. Opportunities• Data in databases• Internet (Web 2.0)How to exploit the above:• Revisit the concepts of data presentation• Combine them to emerging technologies
  • 11. But, before we go on to propose what NISR can/should do, let ussee some examples of what people are doing across the world with government/public data.
  • 12. Examples Usage/Demand • Google ‘GDP of Rwanda’ - • Visit ‘Google Public Data Explorer’ – • Visit ‘I live at’ – • Visit ‘Where Does My Money Go’ –
  • 13. Examples Supply • Visit • Visit • Visit • Visit (added on 16 Aug, 2011) • Visit
  • 14. Examples Involve • Visit ‘Design for America’ – • Visit ‘Rewired State’ Competitions – • Visit ‘Show Us Better Way’ – • Visit ‘BarCampUKGovWeb’
  • 15. Observation Actors 1. Government departments and other institutions ‘producing’ data in machine readable/usable format. 2. Civil society and private sector ‘mashing-up’ data – and making it useful!
  • 16. Coming back to NISR context…
  • 17. Opportunities• Data in databases• Internet (Web 2.0)How to exploit the above:• Revisit the concepts of data presentation• Combine them to emerging technologies
  • 18. Opportunities• Data in databases• Internet (Web 2.0)• Invisible players (civil society, educational institutes)How to exploit the above:• Revisit the concepts of data presentation (XLS, XML etc.)• Combine them to emerging technologies (Web services)• Organize events to encourage playing with data
  • 19. Characteristics of an ideal situation• ‘Developer friendly’ raw data by NISR and others. Championing the cause of open data.• Active ‘engagement’ of educational institutions, civil society and private sector (including demand generation).• Showcase products: Visualization, APIs/Mashups (not just data in tables)
  • 20. Thank you!