On Saturday 6th March 2021, the eleventh Open Data Day took place with people around the world organising hundreds of events to celebrate, promote and spread the use of open data. Thanks to generous support from key funders, the Open Knowledge Foundation was able to support the running of more than 60 of these events via our mini-grants scheme.
CoST Honduras prepared an online-event to show how open data can help to plan and deliver better quality and more efficient infrastructure for millions. We had 58 people participating in the event, including civil society representatives, university students, and the CoST Honduras technical team. At the beginning of the event, CoST's LATAM Regional Manager welcomed the attendees and made a brief introduction about Open Data Day and why it is important for CoST.
We then had the participation of CoST's Head of Members and Affiliates, who presented the advances in the use of open data that CoST programs are achieving worldwide. One of the examples she presented was the Transparent Infrastructure Open Data Portal, a tool designed and developed by the CoST Ukraine program to analyze more than 7000 public infrastructure contracts. The analytical report is available at https://portal.costukraine.org/graph.html. The third participation was from one of CoST Honduras' project managers who presented the programme's effort to design and develop a data analysis tool named InfraS. This tool aims to measure indicators built from public infrastructure data, identify red flags and issues, and present recommendations to the correspondent authorities on how they can fix those issues to achieve sustainable infrastructure.
The next part of the event was a more interactive session where the participants, divided into four groups, were able to talk to CoST's experts and answer some questions aimed at identifying potentially user data needs for the InfraS tool.
Celebramos el #OpenDataDay2021 presentando cómo los #datosabiertos pueden ayudar a mejorar la #transparencia y promover la #InfraestructuraSostenible en Honduras y el resto del mundo! Agradecemos a todas las personas que nos acompañaron y a @CoSTransparency y @OKFN por su apoyo pic.twitter.com/6TXl7gjkgo— CoST Honduras (@CostHonduras) March 9, 2021
We learned that the feedback from active citizens could benefit the ways the government discloses information, especially when, in most cases, data from local governments is not easy to access. Moreover, we learned that these kinds of events help us get feedback about citizen's data needs which is a valuable input for the design and development of the analytics dashboards.
It is a space that allows us to connect with people from all over the world and learn from their experiences using open data and creating solutions for global problems.