We hope you had a good start for 2014.
Highest on the agenda is the upcoming Open Data For Development Workshop on Saturday, 22 February 2014 co-hosted by the School of Electrical Engineering and Informatics ITB in Bandung , the World Bank, IndonesiaWISE, and AKIL.
Academia, IT communities, e-entrepreneurs and civil society organizations are critical to the adoption and application of Open Data. This workshop is being organized to facilitate better understanding of the subject and update stakeholders on the latest progress on Open Data in Indonesia.
Venue: Room 9311, Ruang Multi Media, Labtek VI, School of Electrical Engineering and Informatics, ITB. Jalan Ganesha No 10, Bandung 40132 Indonesia
Time: 8:00 – 17:00
All are invited.
Drinks for Data Reception @ 20:00 venue TBD.
There are only 100 seats so please register early via Dr Wikan Danar firstname.lastname@example.org and Denok Sri Wilujeng email@example.com
An event in Jakarta will follow not far along. See our wordpress for follow-up: akilnews.wordpress.com
Talking BIGGER Data, the AKIL team attended the Bappenas Big Data Workshop in Bali 2-3 December, 2013. Big Data is generating more interest in Indonesia as development priorities seek to better utilize big data and data science methods. The workshop was part of an initiative of Bappenas in cooperation with UN Global Pulse lab to introduce various audiences to big data in national development context by directly supporting RPJMN. The workshop explored potential opportunities and challenges surrounding the implementation of big data collection and analysis by presenting voices from government, development agencies, academia, and the private sector. More here.
On the operational development front, AKIL has been assisting TNP2K in a pilot project aimed at “Assessing midwife absenteeism” through evaluating options and deploying an SMS gateway. The team set up the SMS gateway for TNP2K who now manages the tool itself. After evaluating the multitude of SMS options, the AKIL team felt Telerivet served the purpose of the piot best, keeping it simple for the team to utilize. Results of the pilot are yet to be public but if you are interested please contact us and we can introduce you the TNP2K team involved.
The main objectives of the SMS survey were:
1. To obtain information on the number of villages with government health service providers.
2. To seek PNPM and PKH facilitators’ perspective on health worker absenteeism at the village level.
3. To utilize an efficient and rapid survey mechanism within development projects through SMS technology.
TNP2K reported that the “Telerivet platform was a very good choice for this SMS Survey because the features are quite complete. It includes a flexible respondent pool management feature (in which we can add additional field info to the respondent such as name and location (aside from the default fields such as phone number), monitoring and warning, and it includes a pretty reliable data management feature. The price is pretty low compared to having to purchase your own server and it is easy to set up services. Users have to be aware that it depends on connectivity and understanding upper limits on the number of SMS messages sent (~20,000 per day in our case). Telerivet was very helpful in managing the SMS Survey operational activities, reducing the number of resources (time, costs, human resources) needed to run the survey and therefore allowing us to allocate resources to manage other more complicated items.”
We realize that there are many options and are glad these solutions suited their purpose. The AKIL team welcomes other experiences in setting up technology systems to aid development projects and is happy to share our experiences.
Upcoming events: AKIL is co-hosting a series of Open Data for Development in Indonesia. The first event will take place 22 February 2014 (Bandung) and March 1st (Jakarta tentative) in 2 separate locations, . We will share the event details via the Insiders group list also.
Regarding poverty reduction, the AKIL team attended the PNPM MIS workshop recently and spent countless hours running SQL dumps online and offline. If you are an MIS database specialist we would be happy to talk about common technical challenges with MIS databases. Most of these the people with this focus are few and far between, but represent the backbone of any projects success (patting our own back, but those programmers get the message).
Lastly, lets step back and reflect on some of the most powerful innovations in technology and ICT by showcasing some cool items the AKIL team got a chance to discuss with Idris Sulaiman during his presentation at the Green Growth Institute while in Indonesia.
Item 1 – BigFix (now IBM Endpoint Manager) is a technology which lowers the total cost of managing and securing mobile devices, laptops, desktops, and servers – physical or virtual, on or off-network, personally or corporate-owned.
Item 2 – Mobile Recycling Mobile phones also create certain health and environmental problems when they are thrown away or recycled improperly. Australia’s first Mobile Phone Recycling program that provides a solution to help clean up the environment while at the same time helping raise much needed funds for charities. Of the 11 countries in a Mobile Phone study by Nokia titled “Electronics Waste: Recycling of Mobile Phones”, the United Arab Emirates, Nigeria and Indonesia reported to recycle the smallest range of items.
Item 3 – Fujitsu Biodegradable Mouse is the world’s first. The M440 ECO optical mouse sports a PVC-free USB cable and is made from a combination of Arboform and Biograde materials reducing our dependence on oil-based resources. There is also a keyboard.
Item 4 – Lighting: Replacing Halogen bulbs with 7W & 10W LED lamps provide the same amount of light, and last significantly longer. The collective electricity savings potential is tremendous and would save up tons of CO2. Based on calculations of 40-43W less power consumption, each lamp has the potential to annually save 280KWh of electricity. In fact every four lamps installed will save the equivalent of three trees in terms of CO2 absorption. And the changeover just involves a simple switch of a bulb.
Item 5 – N Computing desktop virtualization hardware and software allows for the creation of virtual desktops (sometimes called zero clients or thin clients) which enable multiple users to simultaneously share a single (YES ONE) operating system instance.
Item 6 – TrickleStar reduces the standby energy consumed by PC Peripheral equipment. The product connects to a PC via USB and detects the power status of a PC. When a PC is powered the product will switch On (Or Off) all peripheral devices. Easy to install and provides simple automation to reduce wasteful standby energy consumption. Suitable for residential and workplace PC applications.
Supported links & Info
Electronics Waste: Recycling of Mobile Phones
Indonesia takes on lead of Open Government Partnership
Check out our view of Software Eats World- a bit of recommended reading on the rise of technology startups around the world from the Economist.
The World Bank’s Lo-Tech Open Data Experiment
Web Index 2013 released
Open Data Barometer 2013 released
ODB data on Indonesia as linked data: http://data.webfoundation.org/odb/v2013/country/IDN
Are you a Programmer or Developer? Looking for job and opportunities that contribute to national, regional and global development? Signup to the AKIL DfD community
The AKIL team has fostered a community of developers and wants to expand the network, so that developers and programmers can:
– Make a difference for the marginalized and those living in poverty
– Help to drive innovation and development in IDN and Asia around poverty reduction
– Gain first hand experience working on international and national development projects with organizations and companies
– Obtain recognition in development channels working on data, information and technology
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