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Sadik Shahadu is an open advocate and a professional project manager with over 4 years of experience in managing community projects.
He is a certified professional at NTEN and currently volunteer in coordinating Wikipedia related projects in Ghana.
He is the co-founder and Director of Communication and partnerships for GOI Foundation.

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The State of Open Data in Ghana.

4 min read

In 2017, Ghana hosted the 2nd  Africa open data conference that brought together several countries from Africa and beyond. Other representations were from Asia, North, South America and Europe.

Sadik Shahadu at Africa Open Data conference Ghana 2017

In attendance were global organisations like Facebook, the United Nations, world wide web foundation just to mention a few. In fact, it was one of my best and most fulfilling international conferences I ever attended in Ghana. A group photograph of Africa Open Data Conference 2019 participants in Ghana

As a volunteer, a presenter and a participant, I had the opportunity to participate in several unconference sessions that gave me a lot of insights on how the average African perceive open data. One of those encounters was when I interviewed 3 random participants; one from Ghana, another from Algeria and the last person was from Nigeria. Both the Nigerian and the Algerian were well positioned when it comes to open data. Unlike my Ghanaian colleague who had little or no knowledge about open data. According to him, he doesn't see the need for people to open their data for public consumption as compared to public sectors who holds tons of data but doesn't allow public access. The first example he sighted was the Statistical service in Ghana.

Sadik Shahadu at Africa Open Data conference in GhanaParticipants of Africa Open Data conference

The Ghana Open Data Upload Challenge and Hackathon

On the 2nd of April 2019, Mobile Web Ghana with support from the National Information Technology Agency (NITA) and the ministry of Communications organised the first ever open data upload challenge and hackathon in Ghana.

Participants of Ghana open data upload challengeSeveral datasets were collected from the Ministry of Food and Agriculture, National Road Safety Commission, The Registrar General´s Department and many other MDAs in Ghana. Over 50 data experts and IT professionals participated in an intensive 4 days data challenge.

The event officially started on the 2nd day of April 219 with an introduction to the Ghana open data portal by Mr Eric Akumia from NITA. In his presentation he said: 

Open data empowers citizens to take action. This enables a vibrant ecosystem.

He further elaborated on how open data will foster consensual building with citizens over the adoption of a national policy in sectors such as education, agriculture and the health sector. Participants were divided into several groups to compete in the upload challenge using Datasets from the participating MDAs.

At the end of the challenge, the energy commission group took home Ghs 2,000 cash prize for emerging winners. the 1st and 2nd runners up also walked away with Ghs 1,500 and a laptop respectively.

 

The data hackathon Challenge

Ghana open data upload challenge 2019The last 2 days were focused on data hackathon where participants were asked to develop applications from the data sets the government agencies uploaded on the portal. Over 17 different groups of developers presented their data ideas to the judges to select winners for the next stage of the project. 

Click here to [Watch the hackathon challenge ]

At the end of the data hackathon challenge, a group called "Waste to Gold" won the ultimate prize with an amount Ghs 15,000. 

Sadik Shahadu at Ghana Open Data upload challenge

 

Open Data: The new ¨Oil¨ in Africa

Open data, as they say, is the new ¨Oil¨ in Africa. We need to find it, we need to extract, refine, distribute and monetize it for sustainable development in Africa.  A search on the Open Governance Partnership portal shows the involvement of Ghana from 2012. The Open Government Partnership brings together government reformers and civil society leaders to create action plans that make governments more inclusive, responsive and accountable. In the spirit of multi-stakeholder collaboration, OGP is overseen by a Steering Committee including representatives of governments and civil society organizations.

Data upload challenge

Our road map

 Ghana joined  the Open governance partnership initiative in 2012 with a 2 action plans and four (4) commitments:

  • Open contracting

  • Revenue management

  • Fiscal transparency

  • Policy portal

 

Our challenges in the open governance partnership initiative

 

  • Challenges in getting data

  • Information not timely

  • Funding

  • Data relevancy

  • Quality of data

  • No open data policy

  • Copyright issues

 

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What you need to know about Open Educational Resources (OER)

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So what is open educational resources (OER)?

OER is any material, tool or resource that uses an open license and is used for teaching and learning. These teaching and learning materials include video/audio tutorials, textbooks, stories, wikis, curriculum, podcasts, full courses etc.

OER´s are educational resources or learning materials that are freely and openly accessible to anyone under a license that permit users to remix, use, adapt, improve and redistribute. This can be achieved when people come together to share ideas and collaborate within an open community.

Every day, thousands of people collaborate either online or offline to produce these academic tools, resources and learning materials for free. This ensures that students from all over the world can have access to learning material at little or no cost. 

What can I do with OER?

The essence of OER is to primarily reduce the cost of educational materials. It also provides an avenue for students, instructors and other academic professionals to come together and share knowledge that can be adopted for teaching and learning. this allows others to reuse, remix, retain, or redistribute using an open license like Creative Commons licenses

Now let's dig further to understand some of the key terms:

  • Reuse: The right to be able to make use of any educational material in class, video/audio, personal blog, websites etc.

  • Remix: The right to combine original materials with the revised version to produce your own copy.

  • Retain: The right to own and control copies of materials that are originally owned by other people. you can download, manage, duplicate and store them.

  • Redistribute: The right to share original materials and or your remixes with others. Example, to give a copy to someone else.

What is the importance of OER?

OER has got so many benefits in terms of academic, social and economic conditions. Just imagine a world where lecturers can share their teaching materials with others. Economically, students won't have to spend a lot of money on course materials. 

Now let's take a closer look at benefits:

  • It helps students to save money

  • It helps instructors to build upon other people´s learning materials. 

  • It promotes access to education for disadvantaged students who would otherwise not have access to education due to the high cost of educational materials.

  • It improves students performance.

 

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