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Open Data Camp Delhi - 2014 - November 15

What is Open Data Camp Delhi?

Open Data Camp Delhi will be a one day un-conference in New Delhi on November 15, 2014. The primary objective of the Camp is to enable sharing of ideas and experiences, and thinking together about collaborative initiatives among the open data people in Delhi, that is people who are talking about and/or working with open data.

One part of the Camp will consist of invited talks showcasing various open data works taking place in Delhi and elsewhere. The second part of the Camp will involve semi-structured networking sessions for participants to share challenges and opportunities, and initiate discussions towards collaborative work.

It is greatly important for DataMeet to highlight that data cannot be opened up, accessed, used, re-shared and applied to solve real-life challenges only by technologists and statisticians. It must involve coming together of various disciplines, expertise, and agencies. Hence, the Camp will focus on making possible collaborative discussions and initiatives.

We invite you to participate in and support the Open Data Camp Delhi. For details, read the agenda of the Camp below.

Organising the Camp is made possible by generous support from Adianta School for Leadership and Innovation, Akvo, and pykih, and unpaid labour of various volunteers and well-wishers.


If you have difficulty registering here then please register at the DoAttend page.

If you have dificulty with online payment, please write to us at


Adianta School for Leadership and Innovation
Centre for Knowledge Societies
House D-57, Chattarpur Enclave
100 Ft. Road
New Delhi - 110074


08:00-08:30 Registration

09:00-10:00 Keynote Address - Yamini Aiyar, Accountability Initiative

10:00-10:30 Introduction to the Open Data Camp Delhi - Nisha Thompson and Thejesh GN, DataMeet

10:30-10:50 Icebreaker

10:50-11:20 Tea and Coffee

11:20-12:00 Presentations - Collecting Data

12:00-12:40 Presentations - Representing Data

12:40-13:20 Presentations - Using Data

13:20-14:30 Lunch

14:30-15:15 Flash Talks

15:15-16:00 Open Discussions

16:00-16:15 Closing Remarks

16:15-17:00 Tea and Coffee

17:00-18:00 Planning Session for DataMeet Delhi (Open and Optional)

Speakers' Notes

Aditya Dipankar

Towards Better Visual Storytelling

Since the advent of the digital media, our content consumption has not only increased but also been revolutionised. There are two facets to this. The first is that internet has allowed mixing of design cultures across the globe and given way to the emergence of a (standard) global visual language, through which the power is now in the hands of everyone to contribute to this revolution by speaking visually. The second is that this increasing standardisation makes it imperative that this global language is understood, shared and learnt by all of mankind to share knowledge through it with as much ease, as possible.

At the base of this revolution is the power of graphic design and more specifically, the principles of design of a visual language which is sensitive to a global understanding of simple pictograms, colour systems, typography and most importantly, narrative. This talk will be about bringing this all together into effective visual communication.

Avinash Celestine

Avinash will discuss: What do we need to think about when representing data? Rather than place the idea of 'visualisation' upfront, its important to realise that the question, the ideas, and the themes that you want to represent, should drive the visualisation rather than the other way around. What is the question you want to answer, or the idea you want to convey? Adding context to the data and the visual is critical as well. Once we are clear about this, then we can move ahead with the best way to represent that idea visually.

Praachi Misra

Praachi will discuss legal issues concerning accessing and using open (and/or publicly available) data in India through case laws. The issues usually centre around Copyright Act (1957), Right to Information Act (2009), Official Secrets Act (1923), and the court’s interpretations of the same. Image source: Total Cricket Scorer.

Rukmini S

Rukmini's presentation will focus on election and crime data, and engage with the following issues: What are the questions that data helps journalists and anyone else seeking to understand the world answer? How can we frame these questions better and change the shape of available datasets to find something all-new? There are journalistic, technical and real-world challenges to doing data journalism in India - how do we get past them? And what do we do when the data can tell us no more? Image source: The Hindu.

Sona Mitra

Sona will address the following questions: (1) What are the various kinds of data that the Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability uses (government reports, public finance statistics, budgets, online sources, offline sources, etc)?, (2) Why do it uses that data?, (3) How do it uses such data?, and (4) What challenges are faced while using such data?

Sunil Babbar

Sunil will present the Open Data Initiative of Government of India, where open datasets are contributed by Ministries / Departments, and highlight its visualization engine. The engine can be used to create and view visualizations with sanitized datasets to communicate information clearly and effectively through its graphical interpretation. It also provides the facility for time-series based browsing through the Visualization Gallery. Image source:

Zahir Koradia

When 60% of your country is illiterate and a majority are not connected to the Internet, collecting data from your fellow citizens becomes a challenging task. One approach Gram Vaani has explored is collecting data over phone calls, which solves both connectivity and literacy problems. However, data collection over phone calls brings its own sets of challenges. Zahir will talk about these challenges.

Gram Vaani provides two key services. The first is a voice based social media that is used by rural India for lively discussions. We often use this service to drive focused discussions and collect peoples' responses to understand their perception on the topic of discussion. The second service is an automated voice based survey used to collect more structured data. In this talk we will discuss the challenges in both these forms of data collection.


Who is Attending?

We are happy to announce that Yamini Aiyar, Director of Accountability Initiative, will be our Keynote Speaker. Also there will be short presentations and talks by speakers from Centre for Budget and Governance Accountability, MapBox, National Informatics Centre (NDSAP-PMU), The Hindu, and other organisations.

Who is Organizing?

The Open Data Camp Delhi is being organised by Delhi Chapter of DataMeet. Primary contacts are Sumandro Chattapadhyay, Nisha Thompson and Thejesh GN. The organising team includes Amitangshu Acharya, Guneet Narula, Isha Parihar, Namrata Mehta, Nasr ul Hadi, Nisha Thompson, Rohith Jyothish, Shobha S.V., Souvik Das Gupta, and Sumandro Chattapadhyay.

What is DataMeet?

What started as a Google group and small meetups in Bangalore has now grown to encompass people across the country, discussing ideas, projects, solutions, and challenges that using government and non-government data in India presents. DataMeet at present comprises of a group of 1000 people from across the country who use this group to share data, experiences, projects, and tools to improve access, understanding and use of data.

It is primarily a civic minded group that believe data and technology can be harnessed to better the living conditions of citizens. This includes looking at how to make data open so as to realise its potential to ensure accountability and transparency, and improve policies and implementation of projects across private and civic organisations, and government.

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.

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” - Read more on Open Data Handbook:

Can I Speak?

Unfortunately the scheduled talks at the event are all by invitation. However, the post-lunch sessions at the Camp will provide sufficient space for flash talks and informal discussions for you to share your data works and questions with the participants.

Can I Volunteer?

Yes! Please contact the organisers!

Can I Watch a Webcast or Participate Remotely?

There is no provision for Webcast as of now. However, you can join the discussion remotely over IRC (Freenode, #datameet) or on Twitter (#ODCDel14).


The Delhi DataMeet community is the organizer of this event. Primary contacts are Sumandro Chattapadhyay ( and Nisha Thompson (


Adianta School for Leadership and Innovation


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