[OSGeo Africa] Africa Open Data Ebola Open Data Jam

E. Ndava erick.ndava at gmail.com
Thu Feb 19 04:13:45 PST 2015

Adi Eyal send out an invitation to attend/ participate sometime back.

Email transcript:=======================

Adi Eyal <adi at code4sa.org>
20 Jan

to odadi, okfn-za, hackshackers-c., hackshackers-j., dataviz-sa, africa
Hi All

Open Data Day is on the 21st of February this year at 9am. Following
the hugely successful event last year, Code for South Africa is
hosting a data easter egg hunt competition. It will be at held at the
Codebridge Civic Tech Lab in Cape Town.

We're going to be setting up 20 data exercises ranging from easy to
difficult and asking participants to try to answer them. An example of
an easy question might be, "How many flush toilets are there in

We'll also have a data visualisation component for those who like graphs.

You don't need to be a programmer to participate. If you've ever seen
a spreadsheet then you're welcome to come. We're looking for
academics, journalists, activists, accountants, lawyers, plumbers,
builders, kite builders and anyone else who has an interest in
learning more about data.

There will be prizes in various categories, more details to follow.

You can find more details here: http://www.code4sa.org. I'll put up
more details soon.

For those who can't make it physically, we'll open the competition up
online as well.

Please RSVP ahead of time at the link below. We have space for around
40 people at Codebridge. If you're going to participate online, please
indicate that when you RSVP.



Adi Eyal
Code for South Africa
Promoting informed decision-making

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On 19 February 2015 at 09:57, Gavin Fleming <gavinjfleming at gmail.com> wrote:

>  Why not join one of these sessions or initiate a local one yourself:
> http://www.meetup.com/Africa-Open-Data/
> 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 metadta
>  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.
> --
> Gavin Fleming
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> w: 0218630660
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> f: 0866164820
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