[OSGeo Africa] Africa Open Data Ebola Open Data Jam
gavinjfleming at gmail.com
Wed Feb 18 23:57:53 PST 2015
Why not join one of these sessions or initiate a local one yourself:
Quoting from the site:
On February 21, we are organizing an Ebola Open Data Jam in several
locations around the world. The goal of this one day event is to
collect publically available data sources of information that
describe the healthcare capabilities of Sierra Leone. It is a sad
fact of history that many multinational organizations have more data
about Sierra Leone and Liberia healthcare than their own Ministries
of Health. We are looking for detailed descriptions about hospitals
and clinics, doctors, nurses, beds, equipment, ambulances, staff,
roads, supply chains, IT and communications capabilities.
We want to collect and curate this information and make it a gift to
the nations of Liberia and Sierra Leone to post it on their Open
Data Portal so that they are empowered to know more about their own
country and to share that knowledge with the international community
so that health governance and patient outcomes can be improved. We
know that greater information and transparency is a pre-requisite to
public confidence in health services, which itself is a condition
for economic recovery.
Participants will be asked to choose from five workstreams:
1. Collecting healthcare data, corroborating sources, documenting
2. Curating data and developing templates for ongoing records
management to help SL maintain the accuracy of the information over time
3. Communication protocols between health facilities to manage
information and coordinate capacity.
4. Define Data Governance program components to integrate health
information management with government and civil society
stakeholders as part of Open Government Initiative
5. Develop educational materials to enable the governments of
liberia and sierra leone to skill up on Open Data and Data
Governance and become self-sufficient.
6. Provide data Visualization Workstreams & Analytics to make data
consumable by the citizens.
We are working closely with the governments of Sierra Leone and
Liberia, the Open Government Partnership, the UN Mission for Ebola
Emergency Response, the World Bank, USAID, CDC, WHO, and many others.
We are meeting in NYC, Washington DC, Winchester UK, Freetown,
Monrovia, and Kampala on February 21st in a globally coordinated
Ebola Open Data Jam to collect, curate and publish datasets, photos,
videos, and other rich media which describe the healthcare
capabilities of West African nations confronting the Ebola Epidemic.
We want to empower these nations with accurate information about
their own health capabilities to better govern the availability of
resources and build health security.
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