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Open Data Camp Bangalore - 2014 - Election Special March 22nd and 23rd

Bangalore Open Data Camp it is an annual unconference that aims to provide a space to discuss the challenges and experiences of using data in India with the aim of promoting an open data culture in government and the private sector. The last two Data Camps had 180 people each who came together to share and understand data better.

Since this is a year of Loka Sabha Election we want to explore the angle of open data and the electoral process. We will be looking at various aspects of election data, from availability to uses, as well as, accountability data, and exploring data used in election coverage.


Election Special

Why Election Special?

This year the Bangalore Open Data Camp is going to be focused on data use during elections. Since this is a year of major election we want to explore the angle of open data and the electoral process. We will be looking at various aspects of election data, from availability to uses, as well as, accountability data, and exploring data used in election coverage. We want to use this event as an opportunity to look for solutions to issues and bring prominent stakeholders to the discussion.

Track One: Availability of Data Track

What data is out there and how can we improve access to it. Also what are the formats and challenges of gaining access to this information. What is this information being used for? Are there privacy concerns?

Two: Improving election data

How can we improve data in quality and access? Especially at the State and local levels were the data is not available as quickly or consistently.

Track Three:: Data and Election coverage

How do journalists use data for election coverage?

Track Four: Accountability Data

What data do people need to understand how their election official is doing? What data is there that can help assess progress of a district? How do we hold elected officials accountable using information?

Who is Speaking?

T.S. Krishnamurthyhttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/T._S._Krishnamurthy was the Chief Election Commissioner (C.E.C) of India (February 2004 - May 2005).[1] His main assignment as C.E.C was to oversee the 2004 elections to the Lok Sabha. He will be speaking Sunday morning.

F.A.Q

Who is Organizing?

The Camps are organized through a Google Group called DataMeet. DataMeet comprises a group of 700 people from across the country who use this group to share data, experiences, projects, and data tools to improve the access and understanding of data. It is primarily a civic minded group that believe data and technology can add value to the lives of citizens.

The DataMeet community are the organizers of this event, primary contacts are, Nisha Thompson and Thejesh GN.
Nisha Thompson is the Lead Organizer for DataMeet.
Thejesh GN is a Technologist who works with Mavrix, NextDrop, and India Water Portal, and has a passion for open data.

Who Will Be Attending?

India has a growing group of people who are interested in data and we hope to have representatives from many different discipline. We will be inviting people from the Political parties, Election commission, , ADR, ISI, Data.gov.in, Universities and Colleges departments of Policital Science, various journalists, and other members of the DataMeet community.

What is open data?

“Open data is data that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone – subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and sharealike.” OpenDefinition.org - See more at: http://okfn.org/opendata/#sthash.qbfvE9ua.dpuf

What does it have to do with elections?

A great deal of data and information is available for elections, from voter rolls, polling places, political party filings, and other information required to run a functioning democracy. Making some of this information available in more accessible formats will help people assess the electoral process better.

What is an unconference?

An unconference is an event that is not as structured or curated like a regular conference. This is to allow people who are there to make time and space to speak about what they are interested in and also create informal groups to come together and take ownership of the space.

Can I speak?

Please contact the organizers with your topic and we will assess whether it fits into our tracks: Tracks - Some of the tentative tracks might include Track One: Availability of Data Track Two: Improving election data Track Three:: Data and Election coverage Track Four: Accountability Data

Can I volunteer?

Yes! Please contact the organizers and sign up to volunteer!

Are there travel grants?

There are limited travel grants for transportation only. Please contact the organizers for more information.

Can i watch a Webcast or Participate remotely ?

There is no provision as of now for Webcast , however you can be on IRC , Freenode Network , channel #datameet, hopefully people will be chatting about the event.

Venue


Google India Bangalore
No. 3, RMZ Infinity - Tower E, 3rd, 4th, and 5th Floors
Swamy Vivekananda Rd, Bennigana Halli
Bangalore, Karnataka 560016, India

Register

If you have difficulty registering here then please register at our Do Attend Page.

Contact

The DataMeet community are the organizers of this event, primary contacts are, Nisha Thompson and Thejesh GN.

nisha@datameet.org
thej@datameet.org

Sponsors

Pre Events

ODC Day 1 March 22nd

9:00am - 10:00am Registration
10:00am - 10:10am Introduction to OpenDataCamp
Team DataMeet
10:15am - 10.55am Address by TS Krishnamurthy
Former Chief Election Commissioner of India
11:00am - 11.55am Panel Discussion - How do we build a citizen IMS? Understanding the role of data when participating in democracy.
Raghunandan Thoniparambil, Former Joint Secretary - Minister of Panchayati Raj; Meera K, Oorvani Foundation; Nirbheek Chauhan; theBallot.in Moderator, Nisha Thompson
12.00pm - 12.15pm Tea
12:15pm - 1.00pm 1. KYR[Know Your Representative] App - By Varun Kakkar
2. Mapping Polling stations in Bangalore - Hackathon Pitch - By Thejesh GN
1.00pm - 2.00pm Lunch
  Main Hall Meeting Room 1 Meeting Room 2
2:00pm - 2:40pm Visualizing Election Data
By Anand S
OpenWorks – Freeing the data on Civic Works in Bangalore
By Siddarth Raman
Covering Local Election
By Meera K Oorvani Foundation
2:40pm - 3:20pm Privacy and Data
By Snehashish Ghosh
Center for Internet and Society
Building Capacity and Accountability in Gram Panchayats By Sudeep KS Covering National Elections By Srinivasan Ramai
3.20pm - 3.40pm Tea
3:40pm - 4:20pm Daksh India
By Kishore Mandyam
Child Progress: Building Accountability to meet Development Goals
By Vasudeva Sharma CRT
Missing Voters
By PG Bhat
4.20pm - 5.00pm Bangalore Property Taxes
By Sridhar Pabbisetty
Maps and Politics - Bangalore Version
By Thejesh GN
5.00pm - 6.00pm Future of DataMeet (Group Business)
Discussion and Feedback session led by DataMeet Team

We will keep updating this table

Track One: Availability of Data Track

What data is out there and how can we improve access to it. Also what are the formats and challenges of gaining access to this information. What is this information being used for? Are there privacy concerns?

Track Two: Accountability Data

What data do people need to understand how their election official is doing? What data is there that can help assess progress of a district? How do we hold elected officials accountable using information?

Track Three: Data and Election coverage

How do journalists use data for election coverage?

ODC Day 2 March 23rd

9:00am - 10:00am Registration
10:00am - 10:10am Introduction to OpenDataCamp
Team DataMeet
10:15am - 10.55am TS Krishnamurthy
Former Chief of Election Commission of India
Experience as CEC and his hopes for how a group like ours can improve election data.
11:00am - 11.55am Introduction to Hackathon and Datasets – Oorvani Foundation/DataMeet Census Hackathon – The Census data is now open and will be available for people to make mashups and do analysis. There will be a session just on using the Census data.
12.00pm - 12.15pm Tea
12:15pm - 1.00pm Hackathon Starts in Cafe
1.00pm - 2.00pm Lunch
  Cafe Room 1 Room 2
2:00pm - 2:40pm Hackathon Hackathon Talk 3
2:40pm - 3:20pm Hackathon Hackathon Talk 3
3.20pm - 3.40pm Tea
3:40pm - 4:20pm Hackathon Hackathon Talk 3
4.20pm - 5.00pm Hackathon Hackathon Talk 3
5.00pm - 6.00pm Feedback, etc

We will keep updating this table

Hackathon tracks:

Follow hackathon related discussions. Its publically editable.

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