Wednesday, March 30, 2011

More transparency of aid flows and results will lead to better insights and collaboration.


What: a 2-day conference on using open data in international development aid

For whom: developers, practicioners and policy makers

Hashtag: #ODDC

More transparency of aid flows and results will lead to better insights and collaboration.

But how can we make this work?

The Open Data for Development Camp brings together a diverse crowd of development aid workers, policy-makers, researchers, journalists, IT staff, software developers and service providers:

* A round-table for decision-makers: introducing key concepts, threats and opportunities, discussing conditions and policies to introduce open data in an organisation, and expected added value and return on investment.

* Clinics and workshops for practitioners: defining open data and data sets, presenting best practices and lessons learned, developing a joint open data policy and privacy framework for programmes and projects, and learning about data-driven journalism and communication.

* Hack days and code sprints for developers: dealing with repositories and registries, supporting standards and APIs, publishing and reusing data sets, linking open data, and developing tools, apps and mash-ups.


The Open Data for Development Camp is an activity of Open for Change, a new platform hosted by Partos. Open for Change was founded to bring together innovative development initiatives and share information on developments, to support organisations in transitioning to effective use of open data. Open for Change also develops a central place for data on Dutch international aid, building on existing tools and platforms. The Open Data for Development Camp is organized by Open for Change under the responsibility of Partos and in cooperation with and financed by the Netherlands Ministry of Foreign Affairs. It is part of the shared ambition of Partos and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to report about results of Dutch international development activities in a transparent way, on the basis of open data.

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