The engagement pillar of the dLab focuses on awareness raising and building linkages with the Open Data community. This include organization of events, boot camps, meetups, fellowships etc. supplemented by fostering a developer community engagement working with the public and private sector to make available technical skills, mentoring and networking opportunities to ultimately develop Open Data Innovation support network. This also involves developing and highlighting potential success stories on priority sectors such as Health and other priority sectors in Tanzania including Water, Education and Agriculture.
It is also responsible for community collaboration and cooperation with existing in-country initiatives such as Tanzania Open Data Initiatives (TODI), Big Results Now (BRN) etc. to ensure that the national roadmap is mainstreamed and the lab also acts as the coordinator with civil society organizations and their data needs and requirements. This enables the lab to act as an effective broker in discussions with public authorities. Such activities may include collaboration on policy development and monitoring and evaluation activities and close collaboration with global data alliances such as the Africa Data Consensus.
The dLab Data Journalism workshop
dLab in collaboration with TMF conducted a two-day workshop on data journalism that commenced on 15th to 16th March 2017. The main goal of the workshop was to enable the journalists to write stories which are evidence based and provide context to news stories. The event took place at the dLab premises situated at University of Dar es salaam, College of Information and Communication Technologies in Kijitonyama Campus.
Workshop objectives were
Understand key barriers to data Journalism in Tanzanian media houses
Build capacity of stakeholders as data Journalism champions
Improve the capacity of participants to meaningfully harness data and convey to citizens to foster citizen’s participation and improve accountability
Use existing data to show how decision making can be strengthened
Build storytelling and data visualization skills of participants
International Open Data Day
International Open Data Day is an annual event that promotes awareness and use of open data. It takes place globally, usually in February or March. Typical activities include talks, seminars, exhibitions, demonstrations, hackathons, training or the announcement of open data releases or other milestones in open data. In some countries it occurs along with Code Across coding events. It is an opportunity to show the benefits of open data and encourage the adoption of open data policies in government, business and civil society. In 2016, the open data day was celebrated in 263 different events around the world. It provides a unique opportunity for the participants to share their experiences with open data and map, brainstorm for future projects and explore new data sets.
As one of the data champions in Tanzania, dLab celebrated international open data day in March 4, 2017 by preparing exhibition and invited data stakeholders to show case on different issues related to data collection, data use, data sharing, data publication and analysis. Read More...
On March 14th, 2017, Tanzania Data Lab (dLab) in collaboration with Ramani Huria hosted a mapathon (Maptime Tanzania/mapping party/mapathon) that was held at dLab premises which is located at the University of Dar es salaam, College of ICT, Kijitonyama campus. Tanzanian Data Lab (dLab: http://dlab.or.tz/) is an open working space where data from multiple sectors and sources can be combined, processed, and shared to drive better policies and decision-making. In its conceptual framework the dLab identified the geospatial data as one of the data which need to be collected and shared in order to make informed decisions. Read More...
From 6th February 2017 to 8th February 2017, the dLab conducted a workshop on HIV/AIDS related data use. The main goal of the workshop was to understand how data from different health information systems and open data platforms, including DHIS2, can be used to improve health outcomes with a focus on the testing, treatment and management of HIV/AIDS. The workshop was combination of presentations, small group work and working sessions which allowed participants to work directly with datasets and HIV-related use cases. A mix of presentation and interactive sessions allowed for participants to engage in conversation, share ideas, and work together with presenters and in small groups. Read More...
Roundtable with the Health Sector
On 20th January, 2017, dLab conducted a roundtable discussion which focused on developing a clear practical plan on how organizations in the health sector can work with dLab in harnessing data use so as to increase the benefits gained from the publication of health data in Tanzania. This event took place at the dLab premises situated at University of Dar es salaam, College of Information and Communication Technologies in Kijitonyama Campus.
More than 40 participants from both public and private organizations within the health sector were involved. The event focused on soliciting ideas from participants that are to be used in producing use cases which can further be developed into use stories. The primary objective was to bring together stakeholders from health sector to brainstorm on the data availability, data collection challenges and data publication for better decision making in Tanzania. Read More...
The dLab Launches its Third Roundtable in Health and HIV/AIDS
On 15th September, 2016 the dLab conducted a roundtable focused in exploring health and HIV/AIDS data availability, use and re-use in Tanzania. The event took place at the dLab premises situated at University of Dar es salaam, College of Information and Communication Technologies, drawing more than 15 participants from different institutions for an open discussion on different health and HIV/AIDS data challenges encountered amongst stakeholders. This was the third roundtable of the series of roundtables convened by the dLab. The main objective of the event was to bring together stakeholders from health sector to brainstorm on the data availability, data use and re-use to support the sectors’ operational effectiveness for improved service delivery in Tanzania.
The roundtable platform also provided an opportunity for the dLab to identify data and actionable information needs from the stakeholders to inform the dLab action plan for supporting the data revolution roadmap for the health sector. The dLab used the Health and HIV&AIDS roundtable event as an opportunity to clearly identify what activities it will undertake under the Health and HIV/AIDS agenda, which is one of its four prime focus areas including gender and economic growth. It is undeniable fact that health and wellbeing are critical to social economic development of any nation. Goal 3 in the global sustainable development goals (SDGs) seek to address the global health challenges in the next 15 years (2015-2030). Tanzania has already put in place its national five year development plan 2016/2017 – 2020/2021 within the context of alignment with the SDGs. Clearly, immense use of data is critical for proper monitoring of the SDGs/National plans targets and indicators. Read more
The dLab Launches its Second RoundTable with GODAN Stakeholders
On 10th August, 2016 the dLab in collaboration with the Global Open Data for Agriculture and Nutrition (GODAN) conducted a roundtable focusing on identifying the data gaps and data use and reuse challenges in the sectors of Agriculture, Nutrition and Economic growth. This unique event of its own took place at the University of Dar es salaam, College of Information and Communication Technologies, drawing more than 20 participants from different institutions for an open discussion on this important theme. This was the second roundtable of a series of roundtables convened by the dLab. The main objective of the event was to bring together stakeholders from agriculture, nutrition and economic growth sectors to brainstorm on the data availability, data sharing and data use and reuse to support the sectors growth in Tanzania. The roundtable platform also provided an opportunity for the dLab to identify data and actionable information needs from stakeholders to inform the dLab action plan for supporting the data revolution roadmap on priority sectors. Read more
The dLab Launches its First RoundTable with Health and HIV/AIDS Stakeholders
On June 29th, 2016 the dLab held its first RoundTable event, bringing together approximately 30 people from at least 15 health focused organizations in Tanzania. The event aimed at soliciting stakeholder views on how the dLab activities can leverage the existing efforts on data sharing and use amongst stakeholders in Tanzania, and gave an avenue for the dLab to capture stakeholder’s expectations from its mission and objectives.
The RoundTable sessions were cantered at exploring the variety and amount of data potentially available, issues related to data quality and security in the context of data that is open for public and development of potential use cases to make data more understandable to users. The RoundTable was followed by a survey to capture participant’s feedback where need for provision of prior substantive background on the discussion topics, prior sharing of use-case data set samples with participants and review of use-case methodology and questioning strategy were some of the important feedback that would inform future events. Overall, the dLab made a successful head-start on its path to raise awareness and achieve its core mission to contribute on the aspects of improving data sharing and use for better decisions making and investment in Tanzania and the national roadmap for SDGs. Read more.
- Notes - FirstdLabRoundTable Notes 2016-06-29 (1).pdf
- dLab and Open Data Lightening talk 2016-06-29.pdf