AODN October Resource List

The AODN monthly resource list for October 2020 puts together content including a reading list, avenues for capacity building, and events from different stakeholders across the globe on the use of (open)data and for better service delivery in sectors such as Agriculture, Education, and Health. 

  • What AODN is reading this Month

Who is being left behind in COVID-19 data?

Despite the many benefits of data, the data processes and data-related outcomes on COVID-19 have shown the potential to marginalize and exclude specific individuals and population groups across the stages of the data value chain, from the data production to data use, i.e., the data identification, collection, analysis, dissemination, and use. In the current situation of the COVID-19 pandemic, marginalization and exclusion have severe ramifications, including loss of life. Read more

With crisis comes innovation: How COVID-19 is changing National Statistical Systems

Having accurate and timely data has become the foundation of a resilient and effective government, and national statistical systems are central to this. These systems have been placed under extreme pressure during the crisis. Temporary office closures and disruptions to operations and surveys have jeopardized dozens of statistical publications. Increased demand for new and more timely data on the impacts of the pandemic have stretched available resources. And pragmatic decisions have had to be made to reprioritize and redeploy staff and resources as well as to innovate to deliver new statistical products. Read more

When the data stop: Five lessons for data-driven decision-making in crises

The COVID-19 global crisis has highlighted data’s crucial and transformative potential. Governments, the private sector, civil society, and international institutions are striving to collect and analyze data to understand and contain the pandemic; and address the socio-economic effects of pandemic response. But amidst this renewed emphasis and demand for hyper-local, real-time data and evidence, we’re also faced with an acute challenge: What happens when the data… stop? Read more

StatCom7 ends with a call on Africa to prioritize digitalizing the continent’s statistical systems

The Seventh Session of the Statistical Commission for Africa (StatCom7) ended on Thursday,15th October 2020  with high-level participants emphasizing the importance of digitizing the continent’s statistical systems; use of big data; data and statistics coordination; and political will for effective statistics development in Africa. 

The three-day meeting saw participants in the virtual meeting discuss ways to devise innovative statistical solutions to strengthen national statistical systems to keep decision-makers informed of economic, social, and environmental developments in real-time. Read more

Mortality Data in COVID-19 and Beyond: The Bedrock of Global Health Security

Countries need both accurate and timely mortality data and an understanding of the scope and scale of the pandemic in real-time to inform a data-driven response. What we are seeing today—and what experts have known for some time—is that many countries lack this data, which is reflective of a longstanding underinvestment in civil registration and vital statistics (CRVS) systems. To respond to COVID-19 in the near-term and bolster global health security in the long-term, it is clear: we need better mortality data. Read more. 

Restoring Data Rights in Africa Pre and Post COVID-19

The use of contact tracing applications by governments across the world especially in Africa is not without risks to citizens. Data used for contact tracing may upend some of our fundamental rights, such as the right to know which/how information is used, the right to say no to information sharing, and the right to assemble. Many are enshrined in national legal frameworks and international treaties because the applications will require our personal data. Read more.

How to climb the Data Quality Pyramid

Whether it’s fighting climate change or finding the nearest bus stop, creating insight requires data. The higher the quality of that data, the greater and more reliable the insight. What does good data look like, and how do we ascertain its quality level? In this article, Datopian defines the varying degrees of data quality, concentrating on three crucial assessment criteria: tidiness, syntax, and semantics. Read more.

  • Events 

Africa Open Data Collaboratives- East Africa  (Tue, 3 Nov 2020)

The Africa Open Data Network hosts a one hour meeting with option to connect by Zoom-in the first Tuesday of each month to hear from others on their work on open data in government, business, and civil society- in-progress projects, requests for support, updates from the Africa Open Data team, and potential to participate in supporting and representing in upcoming events. 

ODI Summit 2020: Data Futures (10-11 Nov 2020)

The ODI Summit is the ODI’s flagship event, bringing people from a broad range of sectors, backgrounds and countries together to discuss critical issues around the future of data. Join over 1000 attendees to enjoy an exciting line-up of keynotes, high-profile speakers, interactive panels, roundtables, performances, taster workshops and demos exploring key themes about the future of data.

AfricaTech 2020 

AfricaTech is the largest virtual gathering of individuals and organisations using enterprise technology to accelerate digital transformation and drive Africa’s journey to The 4th Industrial Revolution (4IR). Experience AI-powered networking, 100+ use-cases, and insight and solutions from the world’s leading tech vendors.

Incase You Missed It

Data for Development: towards a more integrated agenda from the global south

Data for development and the use of new technologies is creating new opportunities for economic and civil participation, better decision making and greater inclusion on the one hand, and new barriers on the other. Many important global efforts have emerged around civil registration and vital statistics, open government data, big data and artificial intelligence as well as privacy and data protection. Yet, many of these efforts work in silos and also face interconnected barriers to advancing a transformative agenda on data for sustainable development. How can we ensure coordinated perspectives and research from the global south inform holistic approaches to data governance, innovation, and use?

Webinar – How countries are helping each other leverage administrative data for the SDGs

The Global Partnership and Cepei co-hosted the session TA1.01 “Uncovering Opportunity in Unusual Places: How countries are helping each other leverage administrative data for the SDGs” at the UN World Data Forum 2020. This session presents strategies, actions and partnerships that countries have developed for the use of administrative records, in response to COVID-19. It will feature examples from three countries in Africa, Asia, and Latin America and the Caribbean. Watch the recording here.  

Webinar – Citizen-generated data for policy and decision-making in Kenya

This webinar, hosted by the Global Partnership for Sustainable Development Data and GIZ will be an opportunity to present Citizen-Generated Data (CGD) guidelines on the production of better quality CGD that can be used for policy and decision-making but also complement official statistics. The guidelines were developed because of expressed demand from both state and non-state actors in Kenya. Watch the recording here

Available Training 

Open Data in a Day (Wed, 2 December 2020)

Learn how to discover, use, and describe the benefits of open data, and how it impacts your organization on this live, instructor-led, online, and interactive course.

Choosing the right format for open data

The ‘format’ of an open dataset refers to the way in which the data is structured and made available for humans and machines. Choosing the right format helps ensure the data can be simply managed and reused. To maximize the reuse of data, it may be necessary for a publisher to use a number of formats and structures available across different platforms to suit users’ needs.

Open Data for Data Users

The “Open Data for Data Users” e-learning course is designed to provide a broad overview of Open Data from a user standpoint and empower anyone to take full advantage of Open Data. This course is intended for anyone who wants to make better use of Open Data, including ordinary citizens, and assumes no prior knowledge of Open Data or technical skills. It is particularly intended for users in developing countries. This course provides users with the knowledge and specific skills they need to understand and use Open Data effectively and responsibly, and to participate fully in the Open Data community. 

Presenting Data Effectively 

Human life is bound together by millions and billions of data points. Knowing how to analyse, visualise and bring out the story from this data is a powerful skill that can paint the world in a new light.  This course covers how to find and interpret data; telling data-driven stories; creating basic graphics (charts and infographics); and communicating data effectively in reports and slide presentations.

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