OpenData Media: take a course in using open data!

OpenData Media: take a course in using open data!

September 15, 2016

CFI is inviting young journalists or leaders of civil society organisations in Francophone Africa to take part in a programme providing training in the use of open data and to attend the Open Government Partnership World Summit in Paris (7 to 9 December 2016).

Do you want to acquire skills in the use of open data or to consolidate your capabilities? Would you like to learn how to use technical or legal tools to obtain data of use in your campaigns or surveys? Do you want to expand your network and realise your citizens' initiative projects?
You need to join the OpenData Media project!

Selection of participants

The objective: to promote enhanced ownership of open data by members of civil society so as to improve the monitoring of public policy, open governance and democratic dialogue. Following the call for proposals, 20 young journalists or leaders of civil society organisations from Francophone Africa will be selected to take part in this project.

  • 9 September 2016: launch of the call for proposals
  • 23 September 2016: close of the call for proposals


- Training in the use of open data (Dakar):
(from 24 October to 2 November 2016 and/or from 14 to 23 November 2016)

These courses will focus on teaching practical skills and will enable those taking part to reuse existing open data, to collect data and to make them public, and to acquire skills in data-retrieval, -cleaning and -cross-referencing methods.
Participants will also have the opportunity to share experiences of an African civic or journalistic initiative based on the use of open data.

- Participation in the Open Government Partnership Summit and Masterclass (Paris):

  • 5 & 6 December 2016: a Masterclass will be led by open data professionals, notably datajournalists and leaders of civil society organisations.
    Those involved will describe their experiences at not only a technical level (public dissemination and data-use organisation) but also a political level (advocacy and lobbying).
    Each presentation will be followed by a discussion to enable participants to grasp the mechanisms of the initiative and potentially to gain inspiration.
  • 7 to 9 December 2016: participants are invited to attend the activities organised within the context of the #OGP16 (Open Government Partnership).
    In particular, they will be required to give a public presentation of their projects. Participants will have the opportunity to meet the international players in this sector. The presentation of specific cases where open data are used for information, awareness-raising or lobbying purposes in connection with citizens' initiatives may fire participants' imagination in their approach to open data in their own countries.

If consolidating your open-data skills motivates you,
fill in the on-line application form by 23 September 2016!