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Data Challenge Evening

Data Without Borders' Data Challenge Evening is a chance for non-profit, volunteer and community organisations to explore a how data could be used to solve a challenge they have. Data specialists, scientists, analysts, technicians, hackers and geeks are invited to join this process to share knowledge and design solutions.

This evening we will have:

  • A presentation from Alison Stringer, the Open Government Data and Information Secretariat on "Open Government Data and Information: what does it mean for data users?". The Declaration on Open and Transparent Government requires that New Zealand public service agencies release their high-value public data for re-use. The Declaration focuses on releasing raw data so that others can add value to it.What will this mean for data users? You may find that the government information that you want to use may now be easier to access and re-use.
  • A Data Challenge from the Cancer Society. The Cancer Society provides services to people who are diagnosed with specific types. Currently they know the number of people who die of cancer but if they knew how many people at different District Health Boards were diagnosed and/or receiving treatment the Cancer Society would be able to better target their services. If you're a data expert, dig up some data-sets, brush of you analytic skills and come along to help the Cancer Society.

If your organisation is interested in exploring a Data Challenge at this, or a future evening, please get in touch with us at [masked].

Beer and Pizza will be provided by AidIQ.


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  • Tim M.

    Would it be possible to attend remotely?

    October 31, 2012

    • Michael H.

      Sorry Tim - I think trying to support virtual participation might be a bit of a stretch.

      October 31, 2012

    • Martin C.

      Appreciate this is difficult, but it may be an idea to experiment with at some point.

      September 29, 2014

  • Michael H.

    Thanks everyone for coming - remember that you can add anymore notes to the Document here:

    November 21, 2012

  • Michael H.

    We've started collecting resources and links that may be valuable here:
    Please feel free to add to this document and start scraping through those sites to see what data could be used.
    Looking forward to seeing you all on Wednesday!



    November 19, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    I would recommend that the Cancer Society link in with the national cancer registry via the Ministry of Health for data:

    1 · November 19, 2012

  • Michael H.

    Some more information on this Data Challenge:

    The Cancer Society Auckland Division provides nursing, psychology and volunteer support in the community to people diagnosed with any type of cancer, mostly during their treatment for cancer.

    Currently they know the number of people who are diagnosed and die of cancer in their region but if they knew how many people from each of the four District Health Boards in their region (i.e. Northland, Waitemata, Auckland, Counties Manukau) were receiving treatment by:
    • cancer type
    • treatment type
    • socio-economic status
    • residing suburb
    • ethnicity
    • age
    • gender

    In addition if there was a way to estimate 3-5 year projections.

    That would allow the Cancer Society Auckland division to better able to target services and plan for growth in services.

    Questions for participants
    • What data sources are their available?
    • What secondary data sources could there be?
    • How could this data be predicted/calculated?

    November 13, 2012

  • A former member
    A former member

    Hi there. Is there a chance we could get a idea of the data structure before hand? E.g. a sample table with mockup entries. Ideally we could have access to the data before the meeting to mull over some ideas.

    October 31, 2012

    • Michael H.

      Hi Ira - currently they have NO data - so it's up to us to see what's out there.

      October 31, 2012

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