The Director of Cepei and the Data Coordinator of Cepei, participated in Argentina with the data initiatives Data República and Big Data for Development Network, in two data events that took place in Buenos Aires: AbreLatam and the International Open Data Conference (IODC18), held between 26 to 28 September.
The International Open Data Conference (IODC) brought together the global open data community (civil society, multilateral organizations, government policymakers and service providers, private sector, researchers and academic donors and investors, as well as data journalists) to learn, share, plan and collaborate in the future of open data. The unique nature of this event is that it brings together in one place a wide range of participants from the northern and southern hemispheres to define strategies that allow open data to advance
both globally and locally. Under the theme “The future is open” this year’s conference gathered together once again the data community to address key issues and challenges facing the open data community, and searched for innovative solutions and opportunities for greater collaboration that will translate into real progress in the coming years. Its main objectives were:
1. Identify and explore the new opportunities and challenges that are shaping the open data agenda.
2. Highlight innovative open data solutions and practices capable of generating social and economic impact in areas such as health, education science, etc.
3. Consolidate an international partnership to promote the development of global common resources for the international open data community.
Source of the text: IODC18 website
In regards to AbreLatam, its disconference format, allowed actors from different sectors to build key debates on issues related to open data in various fields such as open government, public services, privacy, human rights, citizen participation, technical aspects and many more. By reversing the dynamic speaker-listeners, all participants were speakers and listeners at the same time. In simultaneous sessions with a limited number of people each, a dialogue was fostered according to the themes gathered from the common agenda, to share knowledge among peers.
Among the topics of discussion were
1. Data and civic technology: Commiting to the Sustainable Development Goals, Human Rights, gender equality, and the fight against corruption.
2. Open data in the ecosystem: How to promote, sensitize and bring open data to the different actors of the ecosystem.
3. Open data and its impact, locally and regionally.
4. Entrepreneurship with open data: How to make them sustainable?
5. Security, privacy, and open data.
6. Generation and strengthening of capacities: recollection, transformation, release and use of data.
7. Data, algorithms and technology.
Source of the text: AbreLatam website