[open-development] Fwd: [School-of-data] data management for developing (3rd world) countries?

Victor Miclovich A. K. vicmiclovich at gmail.com
Thu Apr 18 07:28:20 UTC 2013


I have worked in situations with low network coverage.

What usually happens is:
- data is cached or stored on a smartphone if it is the rich kind (images,
video,audio) and then synced to the "cloud"
- GSM is usually availabe, if it is, we resorted to collecting data by SMS.

For good examples please check.out, unicef's (and Thoughtwork's) RapidFTR
project (family reunification & tracking project) for some usecases.

On 18 Apr 2013 10:06, "Lucy Chambers" <lucy.chambers at okfn.org> wrote:

> May be possible to ask here too.
> ---------- Forwarded message ----------
> From: David F. Flanders <david.flanders at ands.org.au>
> Date: 18 April 2013 06:08
> Subject: [School-of-data] data management for developing (3rd world)
> countries?
> To: "school-of-data at lists.okfn.org" <school-of-data at lists.okfn.org>
> Apologies for the use of "3rd World" I know that is no longer the term to
> be used, but none the less I'm hoping for those of you who have been to
> *developing* countries such as parts of Africa might be able to relate the
> kinds of data management situations they have found that work or don't work?
> For example, how might a country like Timor encourage citizens to collect
> data about their parts of the world and then upload and mash it up with
> some other data, especially if there are power failures and lengthy periods
> of time where networks are down?
> I'm asking these questions as the Australian National Data Service is
> looking to collect some advice for Researchers who are going into field
> work where there is no ubiquitous 3G or National Broadband network.  Having
> some guidelines on how citizens can collect data (what tools work good
> offline) and then how those tools can sync with data infrastructure that
> might not always be accessible (because a cloud has slowed down
> the satellite link)?   This also goes towards getting local citizens to
> help out with the research, so easy to use data management tools, e.g.
> ability to count flora or fauna, etc.
> I'm aware of some examples such as Ushahidi and some of the work by
> Canonical (Shittleworth) but would like some first person stories for those
> of you who are also looking into this situation.
> Greatly appreciated for any feedback, comments and links :)
> Kind Regards,
> David F. Flanders
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