1. Dar es Salaam Open Knowledge Community Events Recap

    First Open Knowledge Meetup in Dar es Salaam -Tanzania

    On 19th January 2014, the first Community meetup was held at the Innovation Space (COSTECH Building) in Dar es Salaam. The meetup was attended by members from Creative Commons Tanzania, Twaweza, and TANZICT. Some of the achievements of the meetup was founding the Community (12 founding members joined the Community). Mr. Yulli Jeremia, Community leader, introduced the Open Knowledge Foundation Network and the goals and values of the Dar es Salaaam Open Knowledge Community. Members discussed potential projects to pursue in the future and the need to target more open knowledge enthusiasm in Tanzania. The community resolved to participate in the global Open Data Day 2014, despite having very short preparation time.

    ODD2014 in Dar es Salaam!

    Did you know that ODD2014 took place in Dar on 22nd February 2014? Despite short preparation time, the event was very successful! Acknowledgement for the success goes to the OKFNTZ, Twaweza, TANZICT, and Creative Commons Tanzania for putting together their comparative advantage to make the event a success. Our open knowledge enthusiasts got busy with discussions on Open Knowledge Community Building, visualized population census, and presented on two open data projects supported by Twaweza. Visualization of health facilities in Tanzania presented by Mr. Jumanne Mtambalike from TANZICT (see Afya Map Project) opened our eyes to appreciate the power of open data. This was followed by a presentation with data visualization by Mr. Al Amin from Twaweza on the Voices of Citizen Project (Sauti za Wananchi) and Shule.info project. Both projects are open data driven and aimed at empowering both citizens and policy makers through easing access to information/data. See event pictures at our Blog.

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