The AKIL team has achieved a major milestone!!! We have transitioned closer to government via a physical presence in the Poverty Reduction Support Facility (PRSF), the National Team for Accelerating Poverty Reduction (TNP2K) & United Nations Global Pulse (UNGP).
Yes, we actually sit with the experts!
What does this mean? AKIL has achieved a mature status in terms of being recognised as a results-based body that can trial and support the innovative use of ICTs to improve the effectiveness of poverty reduction programs targeting the increasingly connected poor. With this achievement, we will be working on some exciting new projects and activities that we will share in detail later.
Among other major news, the demand side open data events, which AKIL co-hosted, were a great success and are scheduled to be expanded to other cities across Indonesia. To increase demand-side awareness of open data in Indonesia, IndonesiaWise, AKIL, and The World Bank organized a series of socialization and competency development workshops around use of open data in development context. Aiming mainly at academia, especially IT students, the workshop was held at two cities in a week.
The first was held at Bandung Institute of Technology (ITB) coinciding with Open Data Day, February 22nd, where Bandung became one of 110 cities taking part in the global event. The highlight of the event was a call for action from newly elected Mayor of Bandung City, Mr. Ridwan Kamil, who asked student developers to support solving city issues by building applications (video). Also, the Government of Indonesia’s UKP4 unit announced the plan to build the first national open data portal while The World Bank presented its newly-launched Indo-Dapoer open data portal, the first subnational dataset portal for policy and economic research.
A week later on March 1st, a similar event was held at Bina Nusantara University, where speakers from TNP2K, AKIL, and OKFN also shared their views and experiences in applying open data for development. In total, these two events were attended by more than 200 participants from academia, CSO, private sector, and individual researchers working in development taking part in the event’s idea challenge session where they present their solution to solve issues in education, health, community building, data collection, and data access through the use of open data.
As part of its mission in supporting improvement of data accessibility in Indonesia, AKIL is compiling a list of national and subnational development data portal in Indonesia that can be improved both in technical and legal aspect to improve data access, especially to researcher and developers. The list can be viewed at https://akilnews.wordpress.com/indonesia-data-portals/ and contributors are welcome to join this initiative. Inspired by theunitedstates.io, the AKIL team created datanesia.github.io put the open dataset list there as well.
For further discussion around open data in Indonesia, AKIL is involved in Big Data and Open Data Indonesia group in Facebook to share recent news and events around usage of open data in development context. Interested parties are welcome to join the group athttps://www.facebook.com/groups/bigopendataindo/
Pulse Lab Jakarta, an innovation lab established through a partnership between the United Nations and the Ministry of National Development and Planning (Bappenas), officially open their new office space at Wisma Nusantara, Jakarta on Monday, March 17th 2014. Pulse Lab Jakarta team – including a data scientist, data engineer, partnership coordinator, monitoring & evaluation expert and a government liaison – works closely with the government, UN agencies, academia, and the private sector to explore the utility of analyzing social media, and other new sources of digital data to address social development issues and make the results available in ways that can inform policy makers and UN agencies’ work. To support this mission, Pulse Lab Jakarta is hiring a junior data engineer (Indonesian nationals only) and a digital communication consultant. Interested applicant may view the responsibilities and apply athttp://www.unglobalpulse.org/participate/vacancies
The AKIL team is collaborating with Australia Indonesia Partnership for Justice (AIPJ) to assist systems integration to strengthen development programs and data sharing. AIPJ is a partnership between representatives of the Indonesian planning ministries and the Australian Aid program committed to justice reform and improved services for the poor, specifically on realizing the right to legal identity, legal information, and fair and accessible justice service. On 27th February 2014, AIPJ launched the AIPJ Baseline Study on Legal Identity, the first comprehensive review of its kind in Indonesia. The study focuses on the links between legal rights and access to broader government programs such as education, health, and social protection. The study can be downloaded athttp://www.aipj.or.id/uploads/reports_publication/8_f_20140227-011003_FA_baseline_report_english.pdf.pdf
The AKIL team wants to congratulate Perludem for the pemilu API and a great Bandung event. Well built and executed API for Indonesia’s 2014 legislative and presidential elections. https://github.com/pemiluAPI/pemiluAPI.github.io/blob/master/README.md
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