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Data for Good? 
Dirk Gorissen | @DirkGor 
PyData London Meetup 
2 Sep 2014 
@DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
Why are you here? 
@DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
Why are you here? 
http://r4stats.com/articles/popularity/ 
@DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
Why are you here? 
http://www.itjobswatch.co.uk/jobs/uk/data%20scientist.do 
@DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
Data Scientist 
@DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
Data Scientist? 
"Data scientist is just a sexed up 
word for statistician.” 
- Nate Silver 
@DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
Data Scientist 
http://timoelliott.com/blog/2011/10/data-analysts-data-scientists-and-the-rest-of-us.html 
@DirkGor | @Taa...
Data Science 
@DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
Data Science 
@DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
Data Science 
Best question to ask if you 
want to know if your date 
will have sex with you on the 
first date. 
@DirkGor...
However… 
http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2014/03 
/06/1297633/govt-aims-significant-poverty-reduction 
http://blog.lisa...
Data for Good 
http://www.marketplace.org/topics/tech/beyond-ad-clicks- 
using-big-data-social-good 
kaythaney/Flickr 
@Di...
Data for Good 
http://dssg.io/ 
@DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
Data for Good 
http://devinit.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Data-Revolution-DI-briefing.pdf 
@DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
http://www.meh.ro/2010/03/21/seriously-guys/ 
@DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
Its complex… 
http://oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/how-to-plan-when-you-dont-know-what-is-going-to-happen-redesigning-aid-for-comple...
Tanzania 
• ~1.5 times the size of France 
• Population: ~50 million 
• Life expectancy: 60.8 
http://www.galdu.org/web/in...
Open Government Partnership 
http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/07/01/remarks-president- 
obama-and-president...
OGP 
• Launched by 8 nations in NYC in 2011 
– Goals 
• Promote transparency 
• Empower citizens 
• Fight corruption 
• Ha...
OGP 
http://opengov.go.tz/files/publications/attachments/TANZANIA_OGP_SECOND_ACTION_PLAN_2014_- 
_2016-2_FINAL_213321345_s...
Water 
@DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
Water Point Data 
• As part of OGP goals a dataset of 75k water 
points was released 
– Export of the water point mapping ...
Water Point Data 
• 2013 data estimate that only ~54% of the 
water points are functional… 
• This is about drinking water...
Taarifa 
“Building the 
infrastructure of nations” 
@DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
Infrastructure Reporting 
• Connecting citizens with local government 
– “This public toilet is broken!” 
• Helping govern...
Infrastructure Reporting 
@DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
Performance Tracking & Prioritzation 
@DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
Technical Stack 
@DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
Taarifa In Tanzania 
• Recipient of a $100k World Bank Innovation Grant 
• Citizens can use web app & SMS interface to rep...
Demo! 
http://www.toddmckimmey.com/?m=20081106 
@DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
Taarifa: Status 
• Successful trial in Iringa 
• Recently presented to the ministry at the 
Water Point Mapping Workshop 
...
Outlook 
• More & deeper deployments 
• Continue to build out a local community 
• Working on version for school & educati...
Beyond ad clicks 
@DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
Lessons 
• Its complex 
– Incentive to exaggerate problems and hide water points 
• Devil is in the assumptions 
– What is...
Lessons 
• Technology is shiny but only an amplifier 
– Why an elaborate updating system if… 
• ...there is no cell covera...
Lessons 
@DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
Lessons 
• We are not going to solve data collection and 
consistency problems 
• We are not going to solve access to clea...
Lessons 
• We can help accelerate things in the right direction 
http://www.dailypaul.com/302770/buckminster-fuller-call-m...
You can help too! 
• Data cleaning & processing 
• Data exploration 
• Backend python development 
• Front end development...
Finally… 
• Next time you flush… 
…realize you are doing so with drinking water 
@DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
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  1. 1. Data for Good? Dirk Gorissen | @DirkGor PyData London Meetup 2 Sep 2014 @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  2. 2. Why are you here? @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  3. 3. Why are you here? http://r4stats.com/articles/popularity/ @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  4. 4. Why are you here? http://www.itjobswatch.co.uk/jobs/uk/data%20scientist.do @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  5. 5. Data Scientist @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  6. 6. Data Scientist? "Data scientist is just a sexed up word for statistician.” - Nate Silver @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  7. 7. Data Scientist http://timoelliott.com/blog/2011/10/data-analysts-data-scientists-and-the-rest-of-us.html @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  8. 8. Data Science @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  9. 9. Data Science @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  10. 10. Data Science Best question to ask if you want to know if your date will have sex with you on the first date. @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  11. 11. However… http://www.philstar.com/headlines/2014/03 /06/1297633/govt-aims-significant-poverty-reduction http://blog.lisacall.com/2013/04/happy-birthday-to- www.newstarthomes.org.uk me/ http://nimbuseco.com/2013/01/deforestati on-and-pollution-facts/ http://www.diplomatmagazine.nl/2014/03 /02/corruption-netherlands-europe-affirmative- 2/ http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/ 03/22/us-arms-treaty-un-idUSBRE92L16I20130322 @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  12. 12. Data for Good http://www.marketplace.org/topics/tech/beyond-ad-clicks- using-big-data-social-good kaythaney/Flickr @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  13. 13. Data for Good http://dssg.io/ @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  14. 14. Data for Good http://devinit.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/09/Data-Revolution-DI-briefing.pdf @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  15. 15. http://www.meh.ro/2010/03/21/seriously-guys/ @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  16. 16. Its complex… http://oxfamblogs.org/fp2p/how-to-plan-when-you-dont-know-what-is-going-to-happen-redesigning-aid-for-complex-systems/ @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  17. 17. Tanzania • ~1.5 times the size of France • Population: ~50 million • Life expectancy: 60.8 http://www.galdu.org/web/index.php?&odas=5591&giella 1=eng http://gorillasofuganda.com/wp-content/ uploads/2013/06/Tanzania_Safari_Of_Tanza nia.jpg @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  18. 18. Open Government Partnership http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/07/01/remarks-president- obama-and-president-kikwete-tanzania-joint-press-confe @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  19. 19. OGP • Launched by 8 nations in NYC in 2011 – Goals • Promote transparency • Empower citizens • Fight corruption • Harness new technologies • Strengthen governance – Independent tracking and reporting • Big Results Now program – Aim: become a middle income country by 2025 – Focus areas: energy, natural gas, agriculture, water, education, transport, resources mobilization @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  20. 20. OGP http://opengov.go.tz/files/publications/attachments/TANZANIA_OGP_SECOND_ACTION_PLAN_2014_- _2016-2_FINAL_213321345_sw.pdf @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  21. 21. Water @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  22. 22. Water Point Data • As part of OGP goals a dataset of 75k water points was released – Export of the water point mapping & updating system – Results from 2013 nationwide survey – Constructed over the last 50 years by different organizations & NGOs • Data – Excel files – Static snapshot – Inconsistencies & missing values – License? https://www.aht-group.com/cms/index.php?id=597 @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  23. 23. Water Point Data • 2013 data estimate that only ~54% of the water points are functional… • This is about drinking water! http://blog.msabi.org/2013/02/evaluationassessment-in-ulanga-district.html @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  24. 24. Taarifa “Building the infrastructure of nations” @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  25. 25. Infrastructure Reporting • Connecting citizens with local government – “This public toilet is broken!” • Helping governments prioritize & track performance – “Which areas need most attention?” @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  26. 26. Infrastructure Reporting @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  27. 27. Performance Tracking & Prioritzation @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  28. 28. Technical Stack @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  29. 29. Taarifa In Tanzania • Recipient of a $100k World Bank Innovation Grant • Citizens can use web app & SMS interface to report on water point functionality – Help district water engineer schedule and prioritize • Ministry can use dashboard to understand population reach & determine strategy • Working with local dev team in Dar Es Salaam @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  30. 30. Demo! http://www.toddmckimmey.com/?m=20081106 @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  31. 31. Taarifa: Status • Successful trial in Iringa • Recently presented to the ministry at the Water Point Mapping Workshop • Currently very much in development – Hope to transition to beta over the next 4 months – Funding local developers to build capacity and work towards eventual handover @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  32. 32. Outlook • More & deeper deployments • Continue to build out a local community • Working on version for school & education data • Huge impact potential – Integrate census, health, weather data, mobile payments, … – Self reporting water points though sensors – Predictive maintenance – Budget forecasting – Tackle water stealing & fraud – … @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  33. 33. Beyond ad clicks @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  34. 34. Lessons • Its complex – Incentive to exaggerate problems and hide water points • Devil is in the assumptions – What is a water point? • One station with multiple taps? • Multiple stations that draw from the same source? – When is a water point non functional? • Water only drips out? • There is no power so the pump does not work? • It only works in the rainy season? • Important as drives policy & funding • Garbage In – Garbage Out @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  35. 35. Lessons • Technology is shiny but only an amplifier – Why an elaborate updating system if… • ...there is no cell coverage • …the engineer has no money to pay for fuel to actually visit and fix water points? • …citizens have no confidence in the government to actually fix things – Why a shiny dashboard if… • …you are just going to ignore it and make decisions based on politics @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  36. 36. Lessons @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  37. 37. Lessons • We are not going to solve data collection and consistency problems • We are not going to solve access to clean drinking water • We are not going to magically make governments more transparent and efficient @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  38. 38. Lessons • We can help accelerate things in the right direction http://www.dailypaul.com/302770/buckminster-fuller-call-me-trimtab @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  39. 39. You can help too! • Data cleaning & processing • Data exploration • Backend python development • Front end development – Angular, leaflet.js, d3.js, dc.js • UI / UX design • Documentation • Website design • SMS integration • Mobile apps • https://github.com/taarifa/TaarifaWaterpoints/issues @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org
  40. 40. Finally… • Next time you flush… …realize you are doing so with drinking water @DirkGor | @Taarifa_org

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