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Open Data Camp Bangalore - 2015 - Education Special April 11 and 12th

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.

Education Special

What is the role of data in Primary Education in India? How can Open Data assist in making education better and more accessible? These are the types of questions we are trying to understand at this year's Bangalore Open Data Camp. With the growth of the education data and analytics field and the work of organizations who are trying to demystify government data; it is time to create a space where people can come together and work through the issues they are experiencing that are unique to trying to improve education.

  • What data is out there and available?
  • What other data sets are necessary?
  • What do we need to start standardizing and collecting to make education related data more powerful and useful?
Who is Speaking?

Please contact us if you want to speak at this years Open Data Camp. thej [at] datameet.org nisha [at] datameet.org


Who is Organizing?

The Camps are organized through a Google Group called DataMeet. DataMeet comprises a group of 1000 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, and DataMeet, and has a passion for open data.

Who Will Be Attending?

India has a growing group of people who are interested in data and with the hope of improving education and how people learn. We will be inviting people from all over this spectrum like ASER and KLP.

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

What does it have to do with education?

The relationship between open data and education is what we are trying to explore at this conference so please come and give your input.

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.

Can I volunteer?

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

Are there travel grants?


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.


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




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



ODC Day 1

9:00am - 10:00am Registration
10:00am - 10:15am Introduction to OpenDataCamp
Team DataMeet
10:15am - 10.55am NROER - a plugin into the school system; opportunities for open data enthusiasts
Prof. Rajaram S. Sharma heads the Central Institute of Educational Technology of the NCERT.
11:00am - 11:10am Tea Break
11:15am - 12.00PM U-DISE: Current Status and Future Prospects with regard to coverage, quality, consistency, sharing, dissemination and utilization of data
Prof. Arun C Mehta, Professor and Head, Educational Management Information System, NUEPA
12:00pm - 01.00PM The State of Educational Data - Mini Talks and Discussion
ASER, Head Start, Teacher Foundation followed by Discussion
01:00PM - 02.00PM Lunch
02:00PM - 03.00PM Doing more with data: Existing systems and use
Parthajeet Das
03:00PM - 03.15PM Tea Break
03:15PM - 03:45PM Winning Over Messy Data
Sajjad Anwar & Sanjay Bhangar
03:45PM - 04:45PM The Lack of Education Data - Mini Talks and Discussion
Reap Benefit, Enfold , Ashoka followed by Discussion
04:45PM - 05.30PM Using Data
Accountability Initiative, Policy Innovations, Social Cops
05:30PM - 06.00PM Closing Remarks and Plans for Day 2

We will keep updating this table

ODC Day 2

10:00am - 10:30am Registration
10:30am - 11:00am Introduction to OpenDataCamp Day 2 programs
Team DataMeet
  Room 1 Room 2 Room 3
11:00am - 12:00pm Mapping Data using OpenStreetMap and Kannada OSM
By Arun Ganesh and Yogesh KS
  • OSM and FieldPapers
  • Do foot survey of our neighborhood using field papers to collect data like streetnames
  • Add data to OSM
  • Yogesh will demonstrate creating Kannada streetmaps using OSM data and how it brings value to social development projects.
Introduction to R using NAS data
By Thejesh GN and Sumandro
  • Install and run R and R Studio
  • Very basics of R
  • Load NAS data into R
  • Do analysis and plot graphs
  • Anything related that participants want
Scraping the Web for Data
By Srinivas Kodali
  • Setup environment of python, requests, Beautiful Soup
  • Basics of web scrapping
  • Scrapping Data with requests
  • Parsing HTML with BeautifulSoup/lxml
  • Headless and advanced crawling for JS rich websites using selenium
12.00pm - 12.15pm Tea Break
12.15pm - 1.00pm Workshops will continue in respective rooms.
1.00pm - 2.00pm Lunch
  Room 1 Room 2 Room 3
2:00pm - 3:30pm Hackathon Hackathon Hackathon
3.30pm - 4.00pm Tea Break
4:00pm - 5:00pm Hackathon will continue in respective rooms.
5.00pm - 6.00pm Feedback, etc

We will keep updating this table

Speaker Bios

Prof. Rajaram S. Sharma

Prof. Rajaram S. Sharma heads the Central Institute of Educational Technology of the NCERT. He leads initiatives in exploring appropriate applications of ICT in education, including radio and television, audio and video, web and interactive multimedia applications. He is closely associated with the implementation of the National Policy of ICT in School Education, particularly the development of a National Repository of Open Education Resources and a curriculum which aims at enabling teachers and students in meaningfully using ICT to enhance their capacities to learn.

In a career in education, spanning over twenty five years, he has been a teacher, teacher educator, trainer and researcher, exploring active methods of learning, helping childen become independent learners, enhancing teachers competency and capacity for innovation, and helping school systems explore appropriate ICT to reach out and bridge divides. He champions the Creative Commons and Free and Open Source Software applications. He can be contacted at rajaramsharma@gmail.com

Prof. Arun C. Mehta

Ph.D. (Demographic Projections) from University of Rajasthan, Jaipur; specialist in EMIS, Quantitative Techniques and Projections and Forecasting of Educational Data; authored books on Education for All in India, Enrolment Projections, Population Projections and Upper Primary Education and contributed a number of research articles in journals and in NUEPA occasional paper series; consulted by World Bank, UNICEF, UNESCO and ACCU (Japan); member, editorial board of Pariprekshya (A Hindi Journal), trained at UNESCO regional Office at Bangkok and Harvard Institute of International Development, USA; Developed a website on Education for All in India (http://educationforallinindia.com)

Sajjad Anwar

Sajjad is a Bangalore based hacktivist and programmer, building tools to scale the data team and analyze large spatial data-sets at Mapbox. He has been working closely with OpenStreetMap data and technology for over 6 years.


Sumandro works with the Centre for Internet and Society, and generally have a good time at DataMeet and GeoHackers. He prefers his data raw, coffee filtered, and beef cooked. More at http://ajantriks.net/

Parthajeet Das

Parthajeet works currently as Programme Manager of Technical Co-operation Agency (TCA) supporting secondary schools improvement programme of Government of India – Rashtriya Madhyamik Shiksha Abhiyan (RMSA). TCA works closely with government (MHRD) and government agencies (NCERT and NUEPA) for better management and effective use of school education data.

Parthajeet is keen to promote use of information from students learning achievement (NAS) data, annual school census data (U-DISE) and central programmes (RMSA, SSA) for improving decision-making, planning, implementation and accountability.

Sanjay Bhangar

Sanjay works as the Tech Lead for the Karnataka Learning Partnership, a platform for public education data in Karnataka. He is also co-founder of CAMP, a technology and arts space in Mumbai, and one of the co-initiators of the pad.ma video archive project.

Thejesh GN

Thejesh GN (ತೇಜೇಶ್ ಜಿ.ಎನ್) “Thej” is an Independent Technologist, developer, blogger, data enthusiast and traveler from Bangalore, India. He enjoys coffee and conversations. More at https://thejeshgn.com

Yogesh KS

Yogesh KS works as Projects Associate with IT for Change where he works on technology related projects and activities promoting the adoption of Public Software(FLOSS). He also volunteers at Free Software Movement Karnataka(FSMK) helping college students to use and contribute to open source software.

Arun Ganesh

Arun has been fascinated studying the human invasion of earth ever since he stumbled upon his sister's school atlas when he was a toddler. He now spends most of his time at Mapbox working on making geography a part of everyones life.

Srinivas Kodali

Srinivas Kodali is a civil engineer working on Intelligent Transportation Systems and Digital Cities. He is currently working on digitizing public transport data of major Indian cities.

Director and Managing Trustee of HLC International school, an IGCSE school in Chennai. Prior to joining HLC as its Director in 2005, Naveen worked at many MNC's including Wipro, NBC and Citibank, where he specialized in providing solutions for the top investment banks around the world. Over the past decade Naveen has researched the pedagogy of numerous schools and conducted research initiatives on best teaching practices as well as diagnostic assessment of students in K-12 schools using Kognify, a cognitive assessment tool he co-developed. Kognify is currently being piloted in a few schools to test the quality of its predictive analysis, which Naveen believes will bring a great amount of individualization to the teaching and learning process in class rooms everywhere.

Sanjana Janardhanan

Sanjana leads the Changemaker Schools program at Ashoka India. With a background in youth engagement and development, Sanjana aspires to see a world where young people see themselves as active agents of change.


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