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Open Data Opens Doors - St. Lucia Data Literacy Bootcamp


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Keynote for St. Lucia's Data Literacy Bootcamp, held in Castries, June 5-7, 2018.

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Open Data Opens Doors - St. Lucia Data Literacy Bootcamp

  1. 1. by Sandra Moscoso for St. Lucia Data Literacy Bootcamp Photo Credit: Hernán Piñera, Flickr Open Data Opens Doors
  2. 2. Intro: By Day… Institutional Data Pusher
  3. 3. Intro: By Night… Local data consumer
  4. 4. Open Data is Not About Data • It’s about solving problems; it’s about getting help from the broader community to get to the solutions; it’s about helping ourselves • Citizen engagement means nothing without transparency; need to include ‘open’ components as part of design of government, NGO, community, development, etc. It’s not about open data…
  5. 5. What is Open Data? 8 Principles (December 2007) • Complete (except when subject to privacy, security, privilege) • Primary (raw/granular) • Timely • Accessible • Machine readable (re-usable) • Non-discriminatory • Non-proprietary • License Free A necessary resource with a terrible name
  6. 6. NOT Open Data Data privacy is critical to ALL data efforts…. Student academic records Student-level standardized test records Individual student health data Individual student transportation data (i.e. -DC1 free transportation program) Student-level attendance data Student-level discipline data
  7. 7. Policy-Making
  8. 8. Raw Data +
  9. 9. Evidence-Based Policy • Build tools and analyses used by DC Council, agencies, and NGOs to provide services for children and make policy decisions • Organize a team of volunteers to create maps and visualizations that support advocacy efforts for NGOs and community organizations http://www.dcactionforc DC Action for Children
  10. 10. • Citizen and stakeholder engagement to support city- wide policy change • Map by Washington Post reflects changes to student assignment • Our DC Schools o 50 pages of policy translated into a 7 question survey o 400 participants reached via face to face session; 4000 participants reached via o All data collected (except that which compromised privacy) was published as open data then analyzed by others DC’s Boundary Review Process Education Policy Design, Washington
  11. 11. Community Advocacy
  12. 12. Advocacy for Policy Change • Map of funds allocated to schools, updated annually during budget season • City has been sharing the data with local education advocates since 2014 • http://dcpsbudget.ourdcschoo / At-Risk Funds
  13. 13. Advocacy for Policy Change… 2.0 • ”Same” funding data combined with “same” performance data • Same data, with school-level nuance
  14. 14. Follow the Money, Nigeria
  15. 15. Media (and the Infomediary) as a Social Service
  16. 16. OpenUp’s Medicine Price Registry Helped identify almost $480M in price discrepancies across 14 countries
  17. 17. HealthMap, Global
  18. 18. Infoamazonia, Brazil (+ Amazon Countries)
  19. 19. Mutualistas, Uruguay
  20. 20. Innovation and Economic Opportunities
  21. 21. Open Data Business Models • Suppliers: publish their data, free -> increase customer loyalty • Aggregators: collect data, analyze, charge for the insights or otherwise • Developers: design and build apps (web-based, tablet, smartphone) • Enrichers: established businesses enhance their products and services • Enablers: charge companies to make it easier for them to use open data Slide Credit – Alla Morrison, World Bank Group
  22. 22. Data Literacy • Increasing demand for data scientists (across industries) – Burtchworks Study • Projections of US shortage of 140-190K employees w/ deep analytical skills by – McKinsey Global Institute • Enables teachers to bring relevant and engaging topics into their classrooms; critical local and community issues • Used by hundreds of teachers (and their students) across 19 countries • FREE Data Literacy Course: m/ TuvaLabs
  23. 23. Re-defining “Development” • Access to data • Communities of problem ‘experts’ , data experts, technologists, and journalists: ‘Code for’, Hacks/Hackers chapters, etc • Thinking beyond transparency and accountability • How is open data translating to actual solutions and benefits for people? (vs governments, institutions) Ecosystem Dependent
  24. 24. Public Data “Trusts” • Philladelphia open data • Swim Guide You don’t have to go at it on your own…
  25. 25. - Thank you - @sandramoscoso
  26. 26. Finding the Right School • Boston (US): • Washington, DC (US): • Tanzania: • Chicago (US): • Spain: UK: • Moldova: • New York City (US): School-comparison apps