In the Philippines, Open Knowledge and School of Data local group celebrated the International Open Data Day 2015 with back to back events on February 20-21, 2015.
The event was officially opened on 20 February 2015 at Mapua Institute of Technology, Makati campus. Mapua is a higher education institution in the Philippines offering engineering and sciences, business, multimedia, information technology and graduate programs. The program was attended by invited speakers, special guests, supporters and friends in the tech group community with the students, faculty, administration and non-teaching members of Mapua.
The program opened the morning session with a welcome and opening remarks of Joseph De Guia (local group ambassador of OKFN-Philippines) and video showing the open data from Open Knowledge Foundation and the School of Data Summer Camp 2014.
The keynote speaker was Ivory Ong, Outreach lead of Open Data Philippines (Open Data Task Force of the Philippines government). She delivered the message “the promise of open data” what the government is doing to be transparent and accountable and the power of openness that inspires trust and genuine partnership. According to Ms. Ong “we need citizens who are ready to use the data, we need the government and citizens to work together to make the open data initiative successful.” Currently there are 1,237 data files in the Open Data PH portal (www.data.gov.ph).
The next speaker was Happy Feraren of BantayPH and School of Data Fellow 2014. Ms. Feraren highlighted the role of the citizens on good governance. She also discussed the Anti Red Tape Act (ARTA) campaign of Bantay.PH and educate the students about what the volunteers were doing and how to be involved in this movement. She also highlighted that ARTA is to improve efficiency in the delivery of government service to the public by reducing bureaucratic processes.
Other speakers are Joel Garcia of Microsoft Philippines, Paul De Paula of Drupal Pilipinas, Dr. Sherwin Ona of De La Salle University and Michael Canares of Web Foundation Open Data Labs, Jakarta. The speakers shared their common interest in open data as well as what they’re doing in this area for commercial value for Microsoft, application development for Drupal, academic and policy research for De La Salle, and capacity building and training for Open Data Labs, Jakarta. These speakers brought new ideas on how open data can be explored and used in all aspect of our daily activities. These ideas were presented in the “open data class” in the afternoon session.
Part of the afternoon session was also an opportunity for the students to be engaged in open data hackathon. The hackathon is a competition for students with skills in application development and programming. The students were provided a brief background about the hackathon and the mechanics. The data sets were taken from the government open data portal (www.data.gov.ph) General Appropriation Act (GAA) of the Department of Budget and Management (DBM). The students were tasked to develop a web or mobile app that will encourage participation of citizens in the grass root participatory budgeting program of national government.
The hackathon was participated by the students of School of Information and Technology (SOIT). The winning team was able to develop a web application containing a dashboard of the Philippine National Budget and a “Do-It-Yourself” budget allocation. (Refer to the hackathon contest mechanics and details). The team composed of Nathaniel Angeles, Sherdine Aritmetica, and Joshua Vincent Cruz, all fourth year SOIT students were able to develop and visualise the concept of the GAA and the DIY budget allocation. The students were awarded with a cash prize of P3,000.00 pesos and swags from Microsoft and Drupal.
The speakers were also awarded with a certificate of appreciation and opportunity to encourage students to take steps in open data movement and activism. The speakers were able to inspire the students, faculty members and other attendees of the said event to take part in the “openness” of government data and use them for the benefit of the society. This can also be an opportunity for the students and faculty in developing research topics in open data for development in their thesis and capstone projects.
The event timeline can be viewed and accessed on the Facebook community page for this event https://www.facebook.com/pages/International-Open-Data-Day-2015/887617604622421?sk=timeline
The International Open Data Day 2015 was organised by Open Knowledge Philippines and with the help of the Mapua Institute of Technology Student Council in Makati campus. The event was sponsored by Open Knowledge through the Open Data Day coalition microgrant and Microsoft Philippines with the support of Open Data Philippines, BantayPH, Drupal Pilipinas, Web Foundation Open Data Labs, Jakarta.
Data Jam – “wrangling government data”
The Data Jam was a success on 21 February 2015 that was organized by BantayPH co-founder Happy Feraren. Happy was also the School of Data Fellow 2014. The Data Jam were also also supported by Open Knowledge Philippines local group ambassador Joseph De Guia and with TJ Dimacali (Community Manager for Media and Journalists). TJ is also the President of Philippine Cyberpress and Science editor of GMA News online.
The participants of the data jam were group of designers, data analysts and journalists. The main goal of the data jam is to introduce open data, data exploration and visualization, and with open data storytelling. The press release of Data Jam can be read from here – http://ph.okfn.org/2015/02/18/learn-data-visualization-and-data-driven-journalism-in-a-real-data-jam/
Some of the photos can be viewed at our Facebook Page – International Open Data Day 2015.
Data Jam photos can be viewed at Bantay.PH Facebook Page