[School-of-data] data management for developing (3rd world) countries?
tom at tacticaltech.org
Thu Apr 18 09:41:17 UTC 2013
David, are you saying that the Australian National Data Service has no institutional memory of data collection techniques that don't rely on a net connection?
On 18 Apr 2013, at 10:04, Michael Bauer <michael.bauer at okfn.org> wrote:
> 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
> is available.
> 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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