Four Pillars of the Data Lab Project

1.Engagement: The engagement pillar of the D-Lab 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.

2.Capacity Building: The capacity building pillar of the D-Lab focuses on organizing the Open Data community across several activities including training sessions – on site as well as online, establishing an online learning portal, on boarding universities and developing an official curriculum for students to get trained on data science; and establish train the trainer programs ensuring a healthy pool of local and regional open data trainers

Resources: The resources pillar of the D-lab focuses on the development of resources to support the Open Data Lab ecosystem. This includes an open data portal for / by the civil society to promote use and publication of data generated by projects and organizations such as IATI, World Bank, AfDB etc. This open data portal forms the core of online assets of the D-lab. This is further supplemented by other online resources, such as a resource directory that enables interested organization to source resources for specific projects and related activities

3.Public / CSO dialogs: The public facing pillar of the D-Lab is 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.

4. Two (2) other management pillars support the initiative of the project. First, the Project management is in charge of driving the overall initiative, and coordinating activities and partners during the funding period (from March 2016 to June 2018) and ensure that the lab becomes sustainable during the project timeframe. Second, the Lab management is in charge of setting up and operating the space, putting in place a robust team and establish the lab as a center of excellence at the national level and is recognized both at the regional and international level