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Open Data for Development: aspirations and challenges

What are the hopes and aspirations driving open data / open development and what are the challenges and obstacles ahead?

Eliza Anyangwe (Guardian Global Development Professionals Network) hosts a discussion with  Ulrich Atz (Open Data Institute), Heather Leson (OKFNlabs) and Claire Provost (Guardian Global Development) and about Open Data for Development at Mozilla London

Everyone loves the potential of open data for transparency, accountability, innovation, and improved efficiency but what about challenges such as the quality of data sets. Eliza and her panel present a cautionary tale of what could happen if data quality is not addressed. 

Nearest tube to MozLDN is Leicester Square, This is served by the Piccadilly line & the western branch of the Northern line. Leave the station using Exit 4. When you get to street level turn left into Cranbourn Street & cross to the other side of the road. Take the first turning on the right into St Martins Lane. Carry on down the right hand side of the street past Noël Coward Theatre, Robert Dyas, and a Starbucks. '101' is a glassy modern office building. If you get to the Duke of York's Theatre you have over shot and need to retrace your steps :)

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  • Thomas S.

    Also does anyone have a picture from the event to share ? It woudl be nice to send it off to go with the post for Mozilla to use. You can send it to me by email ([masked]) if you like.

    December 2, 2013

  • Thomas S.

    Hey, I have done a short summary of the points raised at the ICT4D meetup on Open Data for Mozilla below, as they had asked for one. It is open for comments on Google docs, so please do correct, give feedback and add comments. It is here:

    I have also written a longer version for my blog too, which deals with some more points below:



    1 · December 2, 2013

  • Thomas S.

    This was a great event and was well attended. Really thanks a lot to everyone for making such thoughtful contributions, particularly Eliza and the panelists for sharing their ideas and their perspectives also on their own work. Finally, thanks so much to Mozilla for making it possible and hosting us in their excellent office. Look forward to catching up next time at the upcoming Xmas do!

    November 27, 2013

  • Dan F.

    Really great topic and interesting thinkers and doers.

    November 27, 2013

  • az s.

    Good session, interesting people and objectives ODI are generally on the right.

    November 27, 2013

  • Pamela M.

    advance apologies that I will be late, in meeting that may go on longer that I expected

    November 26, 2013

  • Nishi

    Unfortunately, having to work later than expected so now unable to attend... would be great to see a recording of the event or if any slides etc. are available for circulation.

    November 26, 2013

  • Pamela M.

    Please help me. I don't want to arrive on Tuesday 26th telling people "You missed a great event yesterday - on Monday 25th" - but other than posting it here I don't know how to share it - UK-Africa "Challenges and Opportunities for Innovation" Please forgive me for posting it in the wrong place and help me share it in the right way.

    1 · November 23, 2013

    • Chris F.

      Pamela, all members of this group are able to send emails to all other opted-in members via the address [masked] . Note that this email list is moderated.

      1 · November 25, 2013

    • Pamela M.

      Thanks Chris. That is useful.

      November 25, 2013

  • Thomas S.

    Thanks for sharing Pamela, the event looks interesting.

    November 24, 2013

  • Ben S.

    Looking forward to this - my first ICT4D event.

    November 22, 2013

  • Thomas S.

    Looking forward to seeing everyone! Thanks so much for organising this for us all.

    November 20, 2013

  • Eliza A.

    Hey good people, looking forward to seeing as many of you there as possible. The idea is to talk about quality. How to do open data better. If you can't come but want to share something deep and meaningful, tweet me, Tony or Janet will I'm sure will only pass on the more contentious of messages! See you all there. E

    1 · November 14, 2013

  • Ambrose N.

    This will be my first time, looking forward to the experience

    2 · November 14, 2013

  • Matt H.

    Sorry I will be at euDevDays in Brussels, pretending it's hard work ;-)

    November 14, 2013

  • Marco

    Wish I could attend but I will be abroad. Next time

    November 14, 2013

  • Sara-Jayne T.

    Wish I could be there... have spent a lot of time trying to open up development data, and love to learn about other people doing it.

    November 5, 2013

  • Graham P.

    Sorry I can't make this one. I hope that slides or a recording will be available. Graham

    November 5, 2013

  • Neeraj

    Could any successful examples also be discussed along with key drivers of success?

    November 5, 2013

  • Janet

    Please let's make this different than the usual... Some of us are near #opendata saturation point...!

    1 · November 5, 2013

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