A View to AKIL #4

Hello again from the AKIL team and welcome to the 4th issue of our regular updates, A View to AKIL.

After the Idul Fitri Holiday we went to Space and visited Open Data and the Indonesia Poverty Reduction Mothership TNP2K among other fine items. Recently the AKIL team had the opportunity to present our activities in United Nations/Indonesia Climate Change Conference which was conducted by the United Nations Office for Outer Space Affairs (UNOOSA) and National Institute of Aeronautics and Space Indonesia (LAPAN). The conference brought together many experts from space, environment, academia, and climate change to discuss several topics such as:
– Ways to make better use of space applications to assess the manifestations of and vulnerability to climate change
– Identifying potential types of measures that can be implemented by communities
– Improving synergies among parties whose concerned on climate change mitigation and adaptation
– Strengthening international and regional cooperation in the area
– Raising awareness on space-based technologies, services, and information resources which can be used to climate mitigation and adaptation initiatives

Our team shared information about geospatial and climate data in development context, analysis approaches and practical tools and applications, and how AKIL activities contribute to work in this area. You can take a look at our presentation here.

We also attended Jakarta Open Data Meetup (ODM) held by SEATTI (South East Asia Technology and Transparency Initiative) in partnership with Open Knowledge Foundation and ICT Watch. We are always happy to meet people and expand the Indonesia technology network, linking different communities who share the same interest in working towards open data in Indonesia. Here is a highlight on some initiatives in Indonesia that we are tracking and that you might find interesting:
 Elsam, a map documenting human rights violation in Indonesia
 Korupedia, an encyclopedia about corruption case in Indonesia
 Pemilu API, an initiative to build API on Indonesia election-related data for public use
You can also take a look at the ODM event’s summary to have a more detailed view on the event.

The AKIL team has the pleasure of being host to TNP2K’s Knowledge Sharing session in September 9th in Jakarta We will share our work with TNP2K teams and invite further collaboration. Currently, AKIL is working with TNP2K on several activities involving technology application pilots in health, education and unified database tools and applications and will keep our readers informed on progress.

As always, the AKIL webpage has more on our work, activities and newsletters: https://akilnews.wordpress.com/

We wish to congratulate BAPPENAS and our friends at the UN Global Pulse for their new Pulse Lab office in Jakarta. The Pulse Lab will serve as a network for developing, testing, and scaling innovative tools for real-time impact monitoring, and to mainstream the new approaches into policy making. You can take a look at what they do and how the Pulse Lab looks like here. For reference, AKIL and UN Global Pulse complement each other as Global Pulse focuses on real-time monitoring of active data for policy making, AKIL focuses on building the applications that can be used across development programs and agencies.

Lastly, a constant reminder of what AKIL is. In short, AKIL is part of a larger effort to build applications that can be used across development programs and agencies. Incubated from the PSF PNPM Support Facility, AusAid and WB, is the Asia Knowledge and Innovation Lab (AKIL). The objective is to strengthen Government of Indonesia efforts to reduce poverty and vulnerability by promoting and supporting existing ICT initiatives and accelerate new innovations for development and poverty reduction.
The intermediate outcomes expected of the program include:
1. Improved accessibility of development data owned by government and donors, and enhanced publishing in ‘open data’ formats for broad use and accountability.
2. Mobile and other rapid forms of government data collection to allow for real-time monitoring and information sharing are developed or strengthened;
3. A developer community working with the public and private sectors to apply technical skills to develop ICT applications for social development purposes in Indonesia is created.

We thank all of our readers for their responses to our work and encourage everyone’s involvement in any of our activities.

Till next time!

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