Open Environment Data - 2021 - Event Report

Monday 8 March 2021
9:15 (IST)
Online, India (Asia & The Pacific)
Ansaar Hussain Ghanayi, AAAM Degree College Bemina, Srinagar, J&K

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.

This event received an Open Knowledge Foundation mini-grant thanks to support from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery Labs.

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How did your event celebrate open data?

Central Library, Abdul Ahad Azad Memorial Degree College Bemina celebrated International Open Data Day 2021 in collaboration with Open Knowledge Foundation on 8th March 2021.

The event was organised in the valley with the aim of introducing the academic community to the availability and benefits of open data. The event was attended by more than 200 participants of various educational institutions across the country.

The full day event was well divided into two sessions. The first session started with the introductory speech where Mr. Ansaar Hussain Ghanayi (coordinator of the event) introduced the concept of open data. This was followed by a welcome note by principal of the college, Prof (Dr) Nasreen Aman. Prof M Y Peerzada, director Colleges, J&K Higher Education, who was the chief guest on the occasion, laid emphasis on the various dimensions of openness.

Prof S M Shafi (Former HOD, DLIS, University of Kashmir) gave a presentation on research data, its significance and management. Prof Shakil A Romshoo (Dean Research, University of Kashmir) talked about the importance of Earth Observation data and global databases in environmental studies.

In the second session, Dr Javiera Atenas (Associate Professor, University of Barcelona) emphasised over the need to promote and support the use of open data as an important open educational tool for better research and better environment. Prof Savithri Singh (country lead, Creative Commons India chapter) in her presentation talked about different licenses for open data content. Mr Nadim Akhtar Khan (Senior Assistant Professor, DLIS, University of Kashmir) focused over the practical implementations of open data and how different open data sets can be used in life.

Each presentation was followed by a discussion, where participants posed different questions as well as queries towards the resource persons. The event ended with a formal vote of thanks from Mr Ansaar Hussain Ghanayi.

Lessons learned from your event

The concept of open data was not that common among the research community, although our university (Cluster University Srinagar) promotes and stands for open access. Therefore the programme was scheduled to emphasise over the concept and importance of open data, especially for research and allied areas.

The event was attended by more than 200 participants that include researcher scholars, students and faculty members of various educational institutions across the country, who revealed their keen interest in the theme and curiosity about the availability and use of open data sets in different setups.

The event helped the participants to learn the importance of open data and how it can help in eradicating the overall research gap between east and the west to create a better world.

Why do you love Open Data Day?

Because it gives equal opportunities to each and everyone.

Did you or your team produce any resources (datasets/tools/maps/code/etc) during your Open Data Day celebrations?

Session 1 video

Session 2 video

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