• Land Dataquest

    Innovate Durban

    What is the Land Dataquest? The Land Dataquest will be about using the national land ownership dataset to show interesting analysis or tell some sort of data story as it relates to spatial inequality, human rights, and social justice. The dataset can be used to create one of the following analysis around land usage: Major land use settle pattern and urban form Spatial regions Current density distribution/settlement pattern & trends Environmental planning issues and trends Opportunities for innovation How it's going to work? For the event, you will be working in groups of four. You could form your group before or we will help you team up with a group. Ideally, groups should be made up of a mix of skills such as developers, designers, storytellers and/ or data scientists. On the day of the event, groups can decide how they will be using the dataset to show an analysis or tell a data-driven story on one of the above-mentioned comparison suggestions or even an analysis of their own on land ownership and spatial inequality. Groups will be formed before the event and all attendees will receive a mail with names of who it is they will be hacking with at the event beforehand. This will give you a chance to get to know the people in your group as well as discuss ideas beforehand if you would like. What to bring Laptops Important to know Register now at bit.ly/LandHack2018 (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfLUiBGD5imYLINV4Xl5-OVs742QB883SsLJ-Ti5u9WoCcmHA/viewform)

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  • Unpacking budgets

    Open Data Durban Office

    OpenUp has built several tools that make big data sets and relevant documentation easily accessible to journalists, to help them add context and deepen their reporting. Recently, National Treasury, in partnership with Imali Yethu, a coalition of civil society organisations, appointed OpenUp to build a budget data portal. It makes national and provincial government budget data and documentation easily accessible in one place, rather than journalists, researchers, and techies having to spend hours on end searching for the information. The tool was officially launched when at the time of last week’s Budget and the 2018 details are already up on the site. An experienced journalist and trainer Raymond Joseph will conduct a free 60-minute workshop in which he will share ideas for stories and simple explanations of how budgets work and are allocated. The aim is to spark less obvious story ideas that go beyond the usual reporting on budgets. He’ll also share useful links, interesting budget datasets and a list of contacts and sources, including Treasury experts and people working within civil society organisations, which go beyond the “usual suspects”. The evening will also be of interest to techies and researchers as there’s loads of machine-readable documentation and a great API to make the building of apps and tools much easier. Raymond will also briefly touch on Municipal Money, another National Treasury tool that contains information about every single municipality in South Africa, and a few other handy tools that help do the heavy lifting. Please join us at 153 Helen Joseph Road on February 27 at 6pm

  • Codebridge DurbanLab

    Open Data Durban Office

    Update: Venue Change We would like to notify you that the venue for the DurbanLab this week has been changed due to unforeseen circumstances. We will now be hosting the DurbanLab at our offices on 153 Helen Joseph Road. We hope that you will join us for the final lab of the year! Why? The Codebridge (http://codebridge.org.za/) DurbanLab serves as an opportunity for civic-minded folks to come together and 'hack' some Durban-centric projects. What? Join us for an evening of getting your hands dirty with open data, civic technology and hacking, writing, visualising, developing and creating on the night. Before each meeting, we would like you to specify which project you will be hacking by completing a sign-up form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdnvHg0ZQJN6Pggk9O1rzdSiA0-n3CNUPY9UiMOzfMh79r6lg/viewform), naturally, everyone will bring laptops and whatever other tools are needed for their projects. Who? The point of the lab is to use your skills and collaborate with others in civic hacking projects. The DurbanLab is for ALL (journalist/digital media junkie, a creative, a developer/hacker, a public employee, a data scientist, researcher, student, lecturer, consultants, startups, everyone) Active projects: Durban Answers: An information web tool on city/government services. This project hopes to help people with questions about the city and services of the city that sometimes just can’t be found after numerous searches. Help to answer unanswered questions of Durban. Open Data Portal: This is where you can find a variety of datasets on everything from education data to public transportation data. Work on the portal by helping to update current datasets or finding new datasets to upload. Create a civic tech widget: With this project, you can embed a data-tool widget to any website. We are currently working on finding more. We hope to see you there!

  • Durban Answers: City Hack

    Open Data Durban Office

    • What we'll do How well do you know your city? We need your experience of living, working, playing and being in the city to help us bring answers to your fingertips. Join us for a day of fun and knowledge sharing, for the Durban Answers City Hack. Be part of a project put together for Durban by Durban. To be part of this experience all you will need is a laptop or whatever else you may need and we will provide the food and drinks to keep you fueled. See you on Saturday, November 25th, 10 am at The Open Data Durban office (153 Helen Joseph Road) • What to bring A laptop/notebook/table

  • Codebridge DurbanLab

    The Green Door

    This Thursday is our fortnightly Codebridge DurbanLab at The Green Door at 6 PM. Why? The Codebridge (http://codebridge.org.za/) DurbanLab serves as an opportunity for civic-minded folks to come together and 'hack' some Durban-centric projects. What? Join us for an evening of getting your hands dirty with open data, civic technology and hacking, writing, visualising, developing and creating on the night. Before each meeting, we would like you to specify which project you will be hacking by completing a sign-up form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSe6De8xjAaCHxcBRsT031QckAOiQay99UBIfxpUP-rT36zyBg/viewform), naturally, everyone will bring laptops and whatever other tools are needed for their projects. Who? The point of the lab is to use your skills and collaborate with others in civic hacking projects. The DurbanLab is for ALL (journalist/digital media junkie, a creative, a developer/hacker, a public employee, a data scientist, researcher, student, lecturer, consultants, startups, everyone) Active projects: Durban Answers: An information web tool on city/government services. This project hopes to help people with questions about the city and services of the city that sometimes just can’t be found after numerous searches. Help to answer unanswered questions of Durban. Open Data Portal: This is where you can find a variety of datasets on everything from education data to public transportation data. Work on the portal by helping to update current datasets or finding new datasets to upload. Create a civic tech widget: With this project, you can embed a data-tool widget to any website. We are currently working on finding more. We hope to see you there!

  • Codebridge DurbanLab

    The Green Door

    We will be hosting our fortnightly Codebridge DurbanLab on Thursday at The Green Door at 6 PM. Why? The Codebridge (http://codebridge.org.za/) DurbanLab serves as an opportunity for civic-minded folks to come together and 'hack' some Durban-centric projects. What? These evenings are little different to our usual meetups, in that this is about actually getting our hands dirty with open data and civic technology and hacking, writing, visualising, developing and creating on the night. Before each meeting, we would like you to specify which project you will be hacking by completing a sign-up form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeNOf34B_vKF57ffTjtbvgxzJFjbRe8Mgg2EWxICGglQ5Ix3A/viewform), naturally, everyone will bring laptops and whatever other tools are needed for their projects. Who? The point of the lab is to use your skills and collaborate with others in civic hacking projects. If you are... • a journalist or digital media junkie • a creative or designer • a developer or hacker • a public employee ( municipality, etc.) • a data scientist, researcher, student, lecturer, etc. • involved in an industry that uses data ( i.e. consultants, startups, everyone) • interested in open data and the development of Durban • interested in urban development or evidence-based planning ...you'll find something to do at The Lab. Active projects at the DurbanLab: Durban Answers: Durban Answers is an information web tool on city/government services. This platform provides the public with information ranging from refuse disposal schedules to road closures or registering your vehicle.This project hopes to help people with questions about the city and services of the city that sometimes just can’t be found after numerous searches. By connecting people in or out of Durban with the right answer and information to their questions. Open Data Portal: The Open Data Portal is where you can find a variety of datasets on everything from education data to public transportation data. These datasets can help when compiling a report, writing an article and a resource for research. Currently, the Portal datasets are mostly government data covering a variety of themes such as education, environment, economy, health and transport. Create a civic tech widget: With this project, you can embed a data-tool widget to any website. It currently has 6 open data tools that can be embedded into a website and we are working on finding more. This app will make it simple for anyone to embed a tool of their choice from the app to their website with a simple link. Join us on Thursday, November 2nd at the Green Door from 6 pm - 9 pm. We hope to see you there!

  • Codebridge DurbanLab

    The Green Door

    We will be hosting our fortnightly Codebridge DurbanLab on Thursday at The Green Door at 6 PM. Why? The Codebridge (http://codebridge.org.za/) DurbanLab serves as an opportunity for civic-minded folks to come together and 'hack' some Durban-centric projects. What? These evenings are little different to our usual meetups, in that this is about actually getting our hands dirty with open data and civic technology and hacking, writing, visualising, developing and creating on the night. Before each meeting, we would like you to specify which project you will be hacking by completing a sign-up form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdjLClW4jOyvcAZIDDIE5CpgYh7kNfwk2Lw3pPi_FwGPIGqUA/viewform), naturally, everyone will bring laptops and whatever other tools are needed for their projects. Who? The point of the lab is to use your skills and collaborate with others in civic hacking projects. If you are... • a journalist or digital media junkie • a creative or designer • a developer or hacker • a public employee ( municipality, etc.) • a data scientist, researcher, student, lecturer, etc. • involved in an industry that uses data ( i.e. consultants, startups, everyone) • interested in open data and the development of Durban • interested in urban development or evidence-based planning ...you'll find something to do at The Lab. Active projects at the DurbanLab: Durban Answers: Durban Answers is an information web tool on city/government services. This platform provides the public with information ranging from refuse disposal schedules to road closures or registering your vehicle.This project hopes to help people with questions about the city and services of the city that sometimes just can’t be found after numerous searches. By connecting people in or out of Durban with the right answer and information to their questions. Open Data Portal: The Open Data Portal is where you can find a variety of datasets on everything from education data to public transportation data. These datasets can help when compiling a report, writing an article and a resource for research. Currently, the Portal datasets are mostly government data covering a variety of themes such as education, environment, economy, health and transport. Create a civic tech widget: With this project, you can embed a data-tool widget to any website. It currently has 6 open data tools that can be embedded into a website and we are working on finding more. This app will make it simple for anyone to embed a tool of their choice from the app to their website with a simple link. Arduino weather sensors: Experienced with Arduinos and interested in experimenting with Arduino sensors for a weather station. Join us on Thursday, October 19th at the Green Door from 6 pm - 9 pm. We hope to see you there!

  • Codebridge DurbanLab

    The Green Door

    We will be hosting our fortnightly Codebridge DurbanLab this Thursday at The Green Door (http://thegreendoor.org.za/) at 6 PM. Why? The Codebridge (http://codebridge.org.za/) DurbanLab serves as an opportunity for civic-minded folks to come together and 'hack' some Durban-centric projects. What? These evenings are little different to our usual meetups, in that this is about actually getting our hands dirty with open data and civic technology and hacking, writing, visualising, developing and creating on the night. Before each meeting, we would like you to specify which project you will be hacking by completing a sign-up form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSc-t8Ii7rhE0NNQQCQu-Fy_61g-B4n1IQbVkazCkzG7xAEhDw/viewform), naturally, everyone will bring laptops and whatever other tools are needed for their projects. Who? The point of the lab is to use your skills and collaborate with others in civic hacking projects. If you are... • a journalist or digital media junkie • a creative or designer • a developer or hacker • a public employee ( municipality, etc.) • a data scientist, researcher, student, lecturer, etc. • involved in an industry that uses data ( i.e. consultants, startups, everyone) • interested in open data and the development of Durban • interested in urban development or evidence-based planning ...you'll find something to do at The Lab. Active projects at the DurbanLab: Durban Answers: Durban Answers is an information web tool on city/government services. This platform provides the public with information ranging from refuse disposal schedules to road closures or registering your vehicle.This project hopes to help people with questions about the city and services of the city that sometimes just can’t be found after numerous searches. By connecting people in or out of Durban with the right answer and information to their questions. Open Data Portal: The Open Data Portal is where you can find a variety of datasets on everything from education data to public transportation data. These datasets can help when compiling a report, writing an article and a resource for research. Currently, the Portal datasets are mostly government data covering a variety of themes such as education, environment, economy, health and transport. Create a civic tech widget: With this project, you can embed a data-tool widget to any website. It currently has 6 open data tools that can be embedded into a website and we are working on finding more. This app will make it simple for anyone to embed a tool of their choice from the app to their website with a simple link. Arduino weather sensors: Experienced with Arduinos and interested in experimenting with Arduino sensors for a weather station. Join us on Thursday, October 5th at the Green Door from 6 pm - 9 pm. We hope to see you there!

  • Codebridge DurbanLab

    The Green Door

    We will be hosting our fortnightly Codebridge DurbanLab this Thursday at The Green Door at 6 PM. Why? The Codebridge (http://codebridge.org.za/) DurbanLab serves as an opportunity for civic-minded folks to come together and 'hack' some Durban-centric projects. What? These evenings are little different to our usual meetups, in that this is about actually getting our hands dirty with open data and civic technology and hacking, writing, visualising, developing and creating on the night. Before each meeting, we would like you to specify which project you will be hacking by completing a sign-up form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSfyolZvqinvM9fG9xqlOhJVEncV7rtIMx8KBUmCFZQ9gKR8Ng/viewform), naturally, everyone will bring laptops and whatever other tools are needed for their projects. Who? The point of the lab is to use your skills and collaborate with others in civic hacking projects. If you are... • a journalist or digital media junkie • a creative or designer • a developer or hacker • a public employee ( municipality, etc.) • a data scientist, researcher, student, lecturer, etc. • involved in an industry that uses data ( i.e. consultants, startups, everyone) • interested in open data and the development of Durban • interested in urban development or evidence-based planning ...you'll find something to do at The Lab. Active projects at the DurbanLab: Durban Answers: Durban Answers is an information web tool on city/government services. This platform provides the public with information ranging from refuse disposal schedules to road closures or registering your vehicle.This project hopes to help people with questions about the city and services of the city that sometimes just can’t be found after numerous searches. By connecting people in or out of Durban with the right answer and information to their questions. Open Data Portal: The Open Data Portal is where you can find a variety of datasets on everything from education data to public transportation data. These datasets can help when compiling a report, writing an article and a resource for research. Currently, the Portal datasets are mostly government data covering a variety of themes such as education, environment, economy, health and transport. Create a civic tech widget: With this project, you can embed a data-tool widget to any website. It currently has 6 open data tools that can be embedded into a website and we are working on finding more. This app will make it simple for anyone to embed a tool of their choice from the app to their website with a simple link. Arduino weather sensors: Experienced with Arduinos and interested in experimenting with Arduino sensors for a weather station. Join us on Thursday, September 21st at the Green Door from 6 pm - 9 pm. We hope to see you there!

  • Codebridge DurbanLab

    The Green Door

    We will be hosting our fortnightly Codebridge DurbanLab on Thursday at The Green Door at 6 PM. Why? The Codebridge (http://codebridge.org.za/) DurbanLab serves as an opportunity for civic-minded folks to come together and 'hack' some Durban-centric projects. What? These evenings are little different to our usual meetups, in that this is about actually getting our hands dirty with open data and civic technology and hacking, writing, visualising, developing and creating on the night. Before each meeting, we would like you to specify which project you will be hacking by completing a sign-up form (https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSen6w7pT4EzcfgtEnA1Cm_KFHyhbflYvpzIfDblLbvp6s_WRQ/viewform), naturally, everyone will bring laptops and whatever other tools are needed for their projects. Who? The point of the lab is to use your skills and collaborate with others in civic hacking projects. If you are... • a journalist or digital media junkie • a creative or designer • a developer or hacker • a public employee ( municipality, etc.) • a data scientist, researcher, student, lecturer, etc. • involved in an industry that uses data ( i.e. consultants, startups, everyone) • interested in open data and the development of Durban • interested in urban development or evidence-based planning ...you'll find something to do at The Lab. Active projects at the DurbanLab: Durban Answers: Durban Answers is an information web tool on city/government services. This platform provides the public with information ranging from refuse disposal schedules to road closures or registering your vehicle.This project hopes to help people with questions about the city and services of the city that sometimes just can’t be found after numerous searches. By connecting people in or out of Durban with the right answer and information to their questions. Open Data Portal: The Open Data Portal is where you can find a variety of datasets on everything from education data to public transportation data. These datasets can help when compiling a report, writing an article and a resource for research. Currently, the Portal datasets are mostly government data covering a variety of themes such as education, environment, economy, health and transport. Create a civic tech widget: With this project, you can embed a data-tool widget to any website. It currently has 6 open data tools that can be embedded into a website and we are working on finding more. This app will make it simple for anyone to embed a tool of their choice from the app to their website with a simple link. Arduino weather sensors: Experienced with Arduinos and interested in experimenting with Arduino sensors for a weather station. Join us on Thursday, September 7th at the Green Door from 6 pm - 9 pm. We hope to see you there!