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.
On Saturday 6th March, Escuela de Fiscales organised an in-person event to celebrate Open Data Day, the central theme was “Open Data and Environment” and it summoned citizens interested in the subject and local environmental organisations.
Due to Covid-19, the event was held with strict security measures, and a live broadcast was made for people who for health reasons could not attend personally.
The event was developed with three short presentations, which served to initiate the debate and collaborative work with the participants who attended the event and those who followed the live broadcast. The proposed topics covered the tools and laws of transparency, participation and open data in Argentina, the comparative sample of open data from official national and local environment web pages and how to use them, and finally the invited organization "Ecos D Mar" made an exhibition of data on oil exploitation in the Argentine seas, its negative impact on the environment and the actions that the organization carried out to try to preserve the environment and marine fauna.
After each talk, discussions were held between the attendees and the speakers, to try to reach conclusions and solutions to the problems raised. The attendees participated with great enthusiasm in each debate proposed at the event.
Finally, we must emphasise that, as every year, the representation of gender was very important. Of the 3 speakers, 2 were women and the third a man. Likewise, the audience was mostly women.
#MarDelPlata volvió a celebrar el #OpenDataDay con un evento sobre "Open Data, Ambiente y Desarrollos Sostenible"#ODD2021 pic.twitter.com/xTdEgv3R2I— Escuela de Fiscales (@EscuelaFiscales) March 6, 2021
This year's event left great lessons, both for our organisation and for the invited organizations and those who attended the event. They demonstrated the importance of collaborative work between environmental organisations and organisations specialized in working with data and technology. The event showed the enormous possibilities that open data provide through its analysis and processing to predict environmental impact.
The event served to demonstrate the enormous importance of citizen commitment to prevent negative environmental impacts and preserve the environment and the great importance that civil society organizations have in controlling the acts of governments and companies that can affect the environment. Attendees learned about the legal instruments of participation and transparency that can be used to participate in public life.
Open Data Day is a perfect opportunity that allows our organisation to convene citizens and other organisations in our community to work together with data and show them the enormous advantages that these allow to intervene in public life and in the creation of public politics. It also allows us to show the entire community the importance of transparency to have more efficient administrations that respond to people's needs