[School-of-data] data management for developing (3rd world) countries?
michael.bauer at okfn.org
Thu Apr 18 09:04:34 UTC 2013
This is an interesting question. Text messages is one way to do it. The
other would be having local data-collection that syncs up when connection
On Thu, Apr 18, 2013 at 02:08:07PM +1000, David F. Flanders wrote:
> 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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