2nd Africa Open Data Conference (AODC) opens in Accra
The 2nd Africa Open Data Conference has officially been opened in Ghana’s capital Accra. The four-day conference which is taking place at the Accra International Conference Centre is expected to be attended by over 600 organisations and individuals working in the open data space in Africa and beyond.
As part of activities for the week, Penplusbytes’ New Media Hub will be hosting conference delegates on Monday July 17 on a site visit. Site Visits are an opportunity for conference participants to explore some of the civic and tech hubs in Accra through some of the conference themes. Sites to be visited include the New Media Hub, Mobile Web Ghana, Meltwater Entrepreneurial School of Technology (MEST), iSpace, Impact Hub Accra and the Kofi Annan ICT Centre.
At the New Media Hub, delegates will experience firsthand, how the organization has leveraged on open data to build the capacity of journalists around data journalism and tell impactful stories. Participants will be taken through how data journalism, hinged on open data has been used to tell compelling stories and made a difference in health services provision. There will also be a session on showcasing usage of open data in projects undertaken by Penplusbytes to promote citizen participation in governance.
The light and interactive sessions will, by the end of the day, enable participants gain another perspective on how other individuals and organisations are tackling key issues in Ghana and the possible impact an improved open data community can bring to this.
Other activities during the week include trainings, “Follow the Money” Day, Public Forum, Open Data Policies and Politics and Hackathons.
The first edition of the AODC was organized by the Africa Open Data Collaborative in September 2015 in Tanzania hosted by the Government of Tanzania and its people and supported by the World Bank, Code for Africa, Global Open Data for Agriculture & Nutrition initiative, Worldwide Web Foundation, MCC, and numerous other partners.
This auspicious event will push the leadership role of the private sector in supplying, using, and demanding open data, and bring together brilliant innovators and visionaries to grow their networks, hone their success, and connect with sources of support, and introduce investors and donors to an expanding sector that seeks and supplies open data to achieve development goals in Africa and across the globe.
Ghana is part of the Africa open data Community and signed unto the Open Government Partnership in September 2011, which sparked off a quest for Ghana to open-up its government data with some data now available at www.data.gov.gh.