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.
A range of civil society actors participated in our virtual event, ensuring the involvement of a good number of stakeholders from the regional open data ecosystem. The agenda included: a forum, talks, workshops and an open data competition
During the development of the DataViz forum, panelists were able to review open data sets related to the students' performance from the SABER 11 tests, giving focus to the STEM disciplines. They analysed the insights and discussed their findings
Afterwards two talks were held to give young people the opportunity to develop their creative thinking. The first was on "Creative and algorithmic thoughts with the Rubik's cube" and the second "STEM in Latin America - Data and reflections on its egalitarian and sustainable development".
At the end of the event, two workshops were developed - see YouTube playlist, with one related to "Google Tools that contribute to Open Data and analytics in business" and another to "Development of creative and algorithmic thoughts for children and adolescents".
Nada más ni nada menos que en #Tunja hay evento #OpenDataDay, #ODD2021, #EmpoderaTusCapacidades Puedes asistir virtualmente el #13Marzo, más información en https://t.co/Fb2eH3RogK pic.twitter.com/CHOO0luW33— Fundación Eduna (@Fundacioneduna) February 24, 2021
The objective of the version of the Eduna Open Data Day 2021 event was defined as follows: Generate participation and collaboration of the different actors with ideas to promote the strengthening of the creative thinking capacity of children and young people by making use and taking advantage of open data with a focus on the central region of Colombia (Boyacá, Cundinamarca, Huila and Tolima ).
We generated participation and collaboration from the different actors making use of open data, and resources in technological platforms. But the impact in terms of number of attendees was not what we expected.
We found an opportunity for improvement and realised that we should have spent more time generating a media and marketing plan in advance to aim for greater coverage for the central region of Colombia, in all the social media, radio media and local newspapers.
The fund and sponsorship from civil society, and alliances with other social organisations are also important.
On Open Data Day, we want to celebrate as civil society that is important the knowledge democracy, not only for adult citizens, but also for children and adolescents across the region.
Also, the children can benefit from using and leveraging open data, as by analysing data on their math and science (STEM) performance, for example, all stakeholders can make decisions to improve the education quality.
Likewise, we managed to incorporate and integrate the creative and algorithmic thoughts topic to generate knowledge.