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What is our Open Data Vision for Ontario? Canada? the World? How will we get there? Last year at OSCON - Tim O ’ Reilly told the participants that “ we won ” . After 14 years, open source is often a default. Last year at Mozfest - Mark Surman told participants that Mozilla “ won ” . The Browser is now competitive. Our next mission is the “ Open Web ” . What are our versions of this for Open Data? How do we get there? Sunglasses by Sunlight Foundation for http://transparencycamp.org /
Ushahidi is information collection, data visualization and interactive mapping software. We are used for election monitoring, city building, Civil society work such as anti-corruption and harassment reporting. Plus, we are used for environmental actions. Uchaguzi was our partnership and community driven project for the Kenyan elections. (March 2013) We tried to incorporate both citizen and official data. uchaguzi.co.ke http://sitroom.uchaguzi.co.ke /
The Uchaguzi project started with base layer information of all the counties, all the polling stations and an offline communications strategy. We had radio announcements, grocery store screens had TV ads with our short codes. Next, our team and partners trained people from partner organizations collected information via SMS (primary channel), email, web forms, mobile apps, and, of course, social media. We received 1000s of messages, we had strategies to verify and escalate issues to official organizations. But the partnership with the government was not possible. A citizen program of communication and voice is this much closer to being tied to official action. Someday. Some of other ways that data science mattered - we had a QA Integrity team to doublecheck for private information and tribe information. We were prepared to have visualization around the Results, but the electoral commission (IEBC) had technical failures. In the end, they did manual counts.
Around the world organizations like Oxfam, ICT4Peace, World Bank, ICRC and the Woodrow Wilson Center are working to build research in the area around new technology and humanitarian work. When we are building projects and using data to tell stories and help people, we need to mindful of these and incorporate these in our strategy. If we can protect the people most at risk, we build trust with our fellow citizens, institutions and governments. The ICRC, hosted by the International Crisismappers community, provided this framework for data standards. Some of the Key Standards for Data management they outlined included - 1. necessity & capacity 2. data protection laws, 3. do no harm 4. Bias/non-discrimination (objective information/processing) 4. Quality check/reliability http://blog.standbytaskforce.com/data-protection-standards-2-0/ http://acmc.gov.au/2013/04/in-search-of-common-ground-protectio n-of-civilians-in-armed-conflict/ http://ict4peace.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/03/The-potential- and-challenges-of-open-data-for-crisis-information-management-and-aid-efficiency.pdf http://www.i crc.org /eng/resources/documents/publication/p0999.htm http://www.wilsoncenter.org/sites/default/files/Privacy_MissingPersons_FINAL.pdf http:// www. unocha.org/top-stories/all-stories/humanitarianism-network-age
How will we connect our mission for data to what real citizens need? How can we involve them in our plans? Even more so, how can we be guided by them and be excited for this common journey? In 2009, Todd Huffman and Sean Gorman created a beer for data program in Afghanistan. What is the Canadian version of this? If Harassmap has community city and youth captains to help outreach and educate, how can we remix this? harassmap.org http://blog.geoiq.com/2010/04/29/beer-for-data-arlington/ http://blog.geoiq.com/2009/09/01/monitoring-the-potential -for-afghan-election-fraud-leveraging-open-data-for-transparency/ Some Resources: http://www.ushahidi.com / and https://wiki.ushahidi.com / Some communities: RHOK: RHoK.org /rhokto.ca Standby Task Force: http://blog.standbytaskforce.com/ HOT: http://hot.openstreetmap.org / Crisismappers.net Photo by Jonathan Kalan - [email_address]