CFI has been actively promoting citizen-led digital innovation since 2012, and in 2016, to mark the Open Government Partnership (OGP) summit in Paris, it helped fifty journalists and leaders of CSOs in French-speaking Africa, the Arab world and South-East Asia to use open data for the very first time, through the OpenData Media project.
In the months following that project, the beneficiaries have familiarised themselves with these new tools and have launched initiatives in their own respective countries aimed at freeing up public data and using it to benefit citizens.
OpenData Media 2 is following in the footsteps of that project. It will require close collaboration with the actors on the ground, so that tools can be offered in order to make use – especially for journalistic purposes – of open data adapted to the local technical constraints of the participants: a form of 'low-tech activism'
By training around twenty African journalists and CSO leading figures, this project will help to create a network of local actors instilled with good digital practices, which will be incorporated into the global open data ecosystem.
20 journalists and leading Civil Society Organisation (CSO) figures from 12 African countries.
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Enhancement of the participants’ technical skills
Following an appraisal of what has been learnt, an introduction to new tools making it possible to bring data projects to fruition more autonomously and to start working together on platforms for cataloguing open data.
Technical and organisational independence
This training course steers the participants towards technical and organisational independence when it comes to data and dissemination (website, communication, interface, etc.).
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Organisation of two ‘Data Activist Academy’ sessions
The first session will involve meeting leading figures in the open data universe. Group work will be organised amongst the participants, during a digital event for reinforcing the progress of the network.
The second session will make it possible to finalise the setting-up of the network of African 'data activists' during an event connected with digital innovation.
This stage will consist of an appraisal and feedback session. The content will be put together with the participants, in order to give them the skills they need to ensure the long-term future of the network and make their projects achievable.
It will also make it possible to identify the ways in which CFI, the members of the network and the network itself can work together in future initiatives.