The monthly resource list for January 2021 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
A New Year’s Wish Invest in Data
Simply investing more and reallocating some resources from lower-return activities to basic data collection, in partnership with national institutions (which themselves require investment) that have a stake in their production and use, will make a difference. This is easier said than done: data collection and governance are usually deprioritized—in both developed and developing countries—in times of fiscal difficulty, as virtually every country in the world now faces. Read more.
Makueni: the small county leading action on open procurement in Kenya
Kenya’s government has yet to follow through on its commitments to fully implement open procurement in East Africa’s richest country. But a small county in the southeast of the country is leading reform and inspiring its neighbors as early results of open contracting reforms show increased competition and suggest greater efficiency, giving stakeholders the hope that implementing transparent, data-driven public procurement reforms is possible. Read more.
COVID-19: Where is the data?
The arrival of the COVID-19 pandemic has led many to argue that scholarly communication and publishing is undergoing a revolution, in terms of not only the wider opening of access to research but also the data underlying it. In this post, Julien Larrègue, Philippe Vincent-Lamarre, Frédéric Lebaron, and Vincent Larivière, discuss findings from their study of papers submitted to the preprint server medRxiv, which shows levels of open data to be stubbornly low. Read more.
COVID-19 lesson — local data skills matter
Since 2015, Data Collaboratives for Local Impact has worked to demonstrate the benefits of local data use to improve the sustainability of HIV programs, support gender equality, and enable growth. DCLI, a partnership between the U.S. President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief and the Millennium Challenge Corporation, has empowered more than 2,000 data experts — including near a hundred data scientists — and supported over 50 innovations to give community organizations and leaders the information they need to make decisions that are more informed. Read more.
Comparing decentralized data publishing initiatives
This report explores a common design pattern for increasing access to data through the adoption of open standards for data. It compares how it is being applied across 14 different initiatives and shares insights into how this approach can be used. Read more.
The need for open data sharing in the era of global pandemics
Since the start of the pandemic, data on different countries’ case counts has been readily available. However, not all data is equally useful. In this post, Bernardo Gutierrez and Sabrina Li, from the Open COVID-19 Data Working Group and the Oxford Martin School, outline the need for much more detailed, open, and accessible sharing to inform science and policy making. The authors argue for open, accessible data sharing and highlight the need for data collection processes to be increasingly homogenized. Read more.
Embracing Innovation in Government: Global Trends 2020
For the fourth report in this series, OPSI and the MBRCGI’s research explores the powerful new technologies and opportunities that governments have at their disposal to let them better understand the needs of citizens. The research shows that governments must be cautious in exploring these possibilities and should leverage them in ways that do not undermine public trust. Governments need to balance the tensions of using data harvesting and monitoring, and technologies that can identify individuals, to serve the public interest, with the inevitable concerns and legitimate fears about “big brother” and risks of infringing on freedoms and rights. Read more.
CODATA: A Webinar on The Data Management Plan – Wed, Jan 20, 2021
This Webinar is about why we need to embrace the development and use of data management plans (DMP) to guarantee the production and supply of quality data. The webinar discusses key components of a comprehensive DMP and suggests how to formulate a DMP. It discusses the link between metadata and data and how it affects the quality of data, and its use and reuse in the data ecosystem. The need to conduct a complexity analysis based on CFTER factors along a proposed data value chain model shall be discussed. The DMP issues that will be considered include IT costs; storage and backup; best practices; data licensing; data preservation; and self-assessment instruments.
UN World Data Forum: Strengthening the use of data in journalism- Thu, Jan 21,2021
Journalists require the skill set for understanding, analyzing, and visualizing the abundance of data in order to integrate data in storytelling for the citizens. This webinar will bring together various actors that contribute to strengthening the use of data in journalism. These include data producers working to provide quality, timely, reliable, and trusted data; civil society partners, and academia compiling open access data for journalists and increasing data literacy among journalists and; journalists promoting and using data to tell compelling stories.The webinar is part of the UN World Data Forum series and aims to promote the use of data in journalism
Data Doesn’t Drive (People Do)- The Future of Open Data Portals -Tue, Jan 26, 2021
The Future of Open Data Portals is a webinar series to discuss current best practices, experiences, and opportunities for collective action to ensure open data portals remain relevant and useful for the community they serve. Webinar 8 will feature Lucy Knight, from the Data Place, talking about “Data Doesn’t Drive (People Do)”
The things we’ve learned about collecting inclusive data– Thur, Jan 28,2021
This session will focus on some of the successes and challenges that Development Initiatives, HelpAge International, Sightsavers and UN Women have faced in collecting inclusive data and how we have built on our learnings. A panel of experts will share practical tips to strengthen others’ work on inclusive data in a series of presentations, and the event will conclude with a Q&A session.
Open Data Charter and Principles– Mon, Feb 1,2021
The International Open Data Charter will provide an overview of their organization and will provide a detailed look at the 6 principles of opendata. It is often difficult to adhere to all the principles from the start of an open data initiative – join the discussion to get insights on some approaches to achieving all the principles.
Records Management and Open Data – Tue, Feb 2, 2021
Africa Open Data’s first presentation of the year will be by Mr. Justus Wamukoya, Dean of the School of Information Studies at Moi Universities, and Ms. Anne Thurston, the founder of the Institute of Records Management. They will be presenting on A Matter of Trust and the importance of governments and large organizations to keep and hold records, and share information with the public as open data, to ensure accountability and integrity and will share examples from their decades of work across the continent.
Unlocking value from Open Data
This session looks at how Open Data can be matched to public and private sector agendas and explores a number of examples of Open Data impact from across Europe and the world.
Open Data as an agent of change
Session Overview: This session examines the key characteristics of successful Open Data initiatives.
Open Data Institute: Open Data in a Day
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.