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.
IYAFP organized a virtual event on 16th March from 1 PM to 2:30 PM to discuss open data for health. The event reunited 32 young people from francophone Africa and aimed to promote the use of open data in healthcare practices, especially among young healthcare workers, activists, and innovators. Two panelists, Dada Gnahoua from Cote d'Ivoire and Pelagie Tsedze from IYAFP TOGO discussed respectively the data, open data, and big data, the difference between them, and their application in healthcare. As an example, we discuss how data sharing helped in COVID 19 data collection in Mali. In the second part, we discussed the importance of data in healthcare activities to provide facts and evidence about the context of issues to better communicate with the community and boost the dialogue around adolescent and youth SRHR.
As we initially got interested from young people around other Francophone countries, we decided to make the event more general and launch our open map on another event. We learned that open data is quite a new concept among young people, there is a huge opportunity for this generation to work together toward better access to data. Many were curious about the relationship between data and adolescents and young people healthcare. They need more resources to get the necessary information to put in application open data practice in their respective field of work.
We love Open Data Day because it is an opportunity to raise awarness about data and the importance of making it free and available for all.
The presentation from our session can be found here : https://drive.google.com/file/d/1rLRubFYgbZk88WAOt_fg8mLVJFu9C7ZC/view?usp=sharing