People-Powered Data Set to Transform Dull Statistics

By Danny Sriskandarajah, CIVICUS

You probably didn’t notice it was World Statistics Day last week because, let’s be honest, statistics don’t have the most exciting reputation. Thankfully, I have a feeling this is about to change, big time. 

We are witnessing a radical democratisation with regard to how information is being produced. New technologies are revolutionising the way that data is produced, used and understood, and this will have profound impacts on how citizens approach statistics. Read more

Citizen-Generated Data and Governments: Towards a Collaborative Model

In advance of this week’s Open Government Partnership Summit, we’re very happy today to launch “Citizen-Generated Data and Governments: Towards a Collaborative Model”.

This piece explores the idea that governments could host and publish citizen-generated data (CGD) themselves, and whether this could mean that data is applied more widely and in a more sustainable way. It was inspired by a recent meeting in Buenos Aires with Argentine civil society organizations and government representatives, hosted by the City of Buenos Aires Innovation and Open Government Lab (Laboratorio de innovación y Gobierno Abierto de la Ciudad de Buenos Aires).

cgd-govt-reports-cover-imageThe meeting was organized to explore how people within government think about citizen-generated data, and discuss what would be needed for them to consider it as a valid method of data generation. One of the most novel and exciting ideas that surfaced was the potential for government open data portals, such as that managed by the Buenos Aires Innovation Lab, to host and publish CGD.

We wrote this report to explore this issue further, looking at existing models of data collaboration and outlining our first thoughts on the benefits and obstacles this kind of model might face. We welcome feedback from those with deeper expertise into different aspects of citizen-generated data, and look forward to refining these thoughts in the future together with the broader community.

Members of the DataShift team will be attending the OGP Summit in Mexico City, and would be happy to discuss further – Mario and Zara will be speaking at this session on citizen reporting platforms at 2pm on Tuesday 27th as part of the Civil Society day and – together with Majo and Tin – will be attending the whole three days as well.

For comments on the piece, please get in touch with Zara – zara@theengineroom.org

Monitoring by the people for the people: DataShift Event at UNGA 70

The DataShift is hosting an event during the opening of the 70th session of the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA 70) entitled Monitoring by the People for the People: How can civil society and citizen-generated data drive accountability for the 2030 agenda? Read more