We're proud to show you our short video defining “Open Development” and explaining its potential, with a focus on Open Data.
The Open Aid Data conference, organized by OpenAid, the Open Knowledge Foundation, the Heinrich Böll Foundation and Transparency International Germany, will bring together practitioners from various organizations for discussion and exchange about new solutions, and about how technology, the Internet, and particular open data can make aid more transparent – because not all of the money is spent effectively.
Prior to the conference, a Hackday will be organized on the 28th of September at the Böll-Foundation in Berlin to bring developers together to experiment on technical and data solutions to improve development aid. Programmers, designers, coders and others who want to learn more about the field of development aid and would like to share their wisdom are invited to join this hackday. In the morning you will be introduced to the theme, and then brainstorm on possible approaches to making aid more transparent. The rest of the day will be spent working through a code sprint on a real solution. Be part of the event!
The Open Aid Data Conference is part of a range of activities around open aid data worldwide, such as the recent Open Data for Development conference in Amsterdam or a Barcamp in Kathmandu for aid transparency.
If you've been following our messages, you've probably heard over and over that aid should be more transparent.
But why is aid transparency so important? The animation below explains exactly why ...
We had our first network meetup since we graduated from the IS Hub informal network to a Partos-hosted Open for Change platform, and we had a nice mix of familiar and new faces and organisations.
We ended up with plenty of discussions and ideas around three presentations:
We tried to focus our discussions on possible ingredients for the Open Data for Development Camp we're organizing on May 12 and 13 in Amsterdam: networks to reach out to, data sources to include, questions to be answered. And ended with an ambition suggested by Anna and Thomas: how can we make Open for Change scale to a world-wide brand for “the new way to development aid”?
AKVO kindly arranged space in the International Water House, and we mingled with the NGO WASH network who ended their meeting there with a drink to start off the weekend too.
If you're interested in joining us next time: join our mailing list, or sign up for the Open Data in Development Camp we're organizing in May!
Open for Change's vision is that we will have:
This will raise new questions around trust, transparency, ownership, and quality, and poses us with two challenges:
We therefore want to increase access to data, knowledge and software applications within the global development sector, by providing a
To do so we want to provide a platform to:
With the growing supply of open data sets and apps and tools that can work with different types of data, it becomes hard to match “supply and demand”, to build a website or service. And so we want to develop an architecture that provides easier points of entry for developers and users:
If we have such a distribution for the development sector, it makes it easier for organisations to choose tools and standards to work with.
A crucial aspect is that a donor need not even know their data is being re-used, but most of all: does not have to do extra work.
In February, Akvo Foundation and Skoll Global Threats Fund co-convened a meeting in San Francisco on the subject of online services for the development sector.
Anna shared her story on the San Francisco meeting, and presented the current state of their joint thinking.
In short the idea is to create a web application store for our existing applications. The web app store would be a thin service layer which would enable data exchange between the applications, allow the existing applications to communicate with each other, and provide other shared facilities such as authentication and billing services. The web app store would enable others to create their own web applications that would use this services layer. On top of that we would collaborate around the development processes, testing infrastructure, sharing skills and helping each other.
Read the original blog post by AKVO here: