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WEBINAR: How CSOs Support the OGP Process in Kenya

WEBINAR: How CSOs Support the OGP Process in Kenya

Open Government Partnership (OGP) has provided an atypical opportunity for both government and civil society actors to meaningfully engage on country-specific issues.

While the initiative envisioned equal participation from these two groups of stakeholders, the Kenyan civil society has stepped up to steer the OGP process in times of political headwinds linked to General Elections and related transitions.

Join us for this webinar where Jessica Musila will provide an overview of Kenya’s OGP journey from a CSO perspective, and share recommendations to strengthen the process in Kenya from her 2020 report From Plans to Actions: How CSOs Support the OGP Process in Kenya.

We hope you can join us on Thursday, 25th February 2021 at 4: 00 PM EAT  for this amazing session!

Register here to attend.

AODN January 2021 Resource List

AODN January 2021 Resource List

Resource List 

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

  • Events/Webinars 

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 dataThur, 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 DataTue, 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.

  • Training 

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.

AODN December Resource List

AODN December Resource List

The monthly resource list for December 2020 puts together content including a reading list of reports released in 2020, 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

Reports by stakeholders in the data ecosystem in the year 2020:

Open Data Inventory (ODIN) 202021

 The 2020/21 Open Data Inventory (ODIN) is the fifth edition of the index compiled by Open Data Watch. ODIN 2020/21 provides an assessment of the coverage and openness of official statistics in 187 countries, an increase of 9 countries compared to ODIN 2018/19. The year 2020 was a challenging year for the world as countries grappled with the COVID-19 pandemic. Nonetheless, and despite the pandemic’s negative impact on the capacity of statistics producers, 2020 saw great progress in open data. Explore a summary of the main findings from ODIN 2020/21 here

PARIS21(2020): Partner Report on Support to Statistics 2020

This report provides the key facts and evidence for more and better funding needs to development data. It includes a new section (Part 1) to provide a snapshot of funding to data and statistics during the time of COVID-19.
Part 2 of the report presents key findings by recipients and providers of
development co-operation in detail, including a section on the most recent
trend in funding to gender statistics. The annex explains the methodology used to produce this report, which includes the traditional approach that produces the classic results of PRESS and a new approach that can improve the timeliness and coverage of data on support to statistical capacity development. Read more.

The Open Ownership Principles

The Open Ownership Principles (OO Principles) set the gold standard for effective beneficial ownership (BO) disclosure. The OO Principles are intended to support governments implementing BO reforms and guide international institutions, civil society, and private sector actors in understanding and advocating for effective reforms. As the policy area of beneficial ownership transparency (BOT) continues to evolve, OO will continue to refine and update the OO Principles to ensure they remain a high but achievable standard that delivers impact. Read more.

The State of Open Data 2020 

How are researchers using open data in 2020, the State of Open Data 2020 report examines the attitudes and experiences of researchers working with open data. This year’s survey received around 4,500 responses from the research community and had an additional focus on research practices in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic. It asked researchers how the pandemic was impacting their ability to carry out research, and their views on the reuse of data and collaboration. Read more. 

Report: A Global Movement for Better Data & Better Lives: Five years, five facts.

This report sets out how partners from the private sector, civil society, academia, and government are coming together to respond to common challenges that can be addressed by leveraging data and technology in a thoughtful and inclusive way. A suite of data visualizations and maps illustrate the many collaborations taking place, with over 70 partnerships brokered in 27 countries. Read more.

A Guide to Open Government and the Coronavirus 

This guide is a one-stop shop for the best current resources on how open government projects and approaches can support tackling the pandemic. It draws on over 350 crowdsourced examples from the open government community and amplifies the work of OGP’s wide range of thematic partners, many of whom have directly contributed their expertise to the guide. The guide is for open government reformers who are looking for practical ideas, tools, and resources that can be adapted to their particular context. The guide lays out recommendations and resources for an open response and an open recovery, and some long-term reforms that OGP members should consider to build trust and resilience to manage future shocks of this nature, and stronger societies overall. Read more.

Situating Open Data: Global Trends in Local Contexts

Situating Open Data provides several empirical accounts of open data practices, the local implementation of global initiatives, and the development of new open data ecosystems. Drawing on case studies in different countries and contexts, the chapters demonstrate the practices and actors involved in open government data initiatives unfolding within different socio-political settings. Read more.

Using Evidence in Policy and Practice: Lessons from Africa 

This book focuses on the use of evidence, and it was written to improve understanding of how using evidence can help inform and strengthen development policy, programmes, and practice in Africa. The book approaches evidence from the perspective of policymakers rather than researchers. It explores how African policymakers and development practitioners can apply interventions to promote the use of evidence to improve development outcomes and impacts. Read more. 

The Emergence of the Third Wave of Open Data

Inspired by conversations throughout the Summer of Open Data, this paper identifies the achievements and deficits in current and past approaches to open data and charts a new way forward for the movement that builds on lessons learned. Read more. 

UN World Data Forum one-pager

The 2020 Virtual UN World Data Forum’s one-pager provides highlights from the forum including session highlights and participant profiles.

  • Events 

Open Data Day 2021 will take place on Saturday 6th March

Open Data Day is the annual global celebration of open data facilitated by the Open Knowledge Foundation.Each year, groups from around the world organise local events to celebrate, promote and spread the use of open data in their communities. It is an opportunity to show the benefits of open data and encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business and civil society.

Monthly  Planning Meeting: Africa Open Data Collaboratives 

Join us for in-person meetings for the monthly webinar in conjunction with the African Open Data Collaboratives(AODC) every first Tuesday of the month. Sign up on meetup.

Lessons from the pandemic: Building better gender data in the world of work (19th December 2020 )

This webinar will focus on the recent work developed by ILO to fill gender data gaps highlighted by the pandemic in work statistics. It will underline the range of gender-relevant analysis which is enabled and the types of gender data gaps that can be filled by implementing the latest statistical standards, notably those adopted at the 19th ICLS in October 2013. It will also identify some of the key measurement challenges identified by the ILO through recent pilot testing work, thereby raising awareness of the need for good measurement practices alongside the application of the latest standard. Register here.

  • Trainings

Data Stewardship: Developing a Data Reuse Strategy for Solving Public Problems

The Data Stewardship executive education course from the Open Data Policy Lab intends to attract and develop highly talented aspiring data stewards who are interested in better-incorporating data reuse into their operations. While an application to participate is free, participation will be limited to a small cohort who work on data collaboration issues or serve individuals tasked by their organization to act as data stewards. Candidates are invited to apply until Friday, 17th December 2020. 

Open Data Management In Agriculture And Nutrition Course

The Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) on Open Data Data Management in Agriculture and Nutrition is a comprehensive introduction to open data and its applications for agriculture and nutrition. It deals with such themes as how to deal with different types of data formats and uses; and, the importance of reliability, accessibility, interoperability, and transparency of data. Key knowledge and concepts needed by the target audience are provided, as well as task-based training designed to support data professionals in their daily activities. 

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. 

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