The Ministry of Communications has organised a 4-working day data upload obstacle and a hackathon underneath the Ghana Open up Info Initiative to make government facts open and accessible to all for cost-free.
The ministry is developing an Open up Details Portal as element of its implementation of the change Task for this reason the level of competition.
The event had about a hundred and 30 (130) members from MDAs, civil societies, academia and software builders to interact with datasets uploaded on the revamped National Open up Details Portal and develop ideas on building programs for citizens and sector stakeholders.
Organised in collaboration with MobileWeb Ghana the occasion was held from April 2 to 5 at the Kofi Annan Centre of Excellence in ICT (KACE).
The thoughts produced all through the party aided groups generate an software which helps citizens trade their waste for revenue, a dashboard that offers users a visual representation of agriculture, overall health and registered enterprises in Ghana and also applications that give people the option to make predictions among other folks.
The Open up Data Add Obstacle which was organised for the duration of the 1st two days of the party introduced a group of software program builders, details experts and statisticians to interact with associates of some Ministries, Departments and Companies (MDAs).
The software package builders also assisted them to do a knowledge evaluation on the relevance of this sort of facts to enhancement.
It enabled MDAs upload related details onto the portal using the typical all institutions are expected to adhere to even though creating their information freely available to all.
Facts was uploaded by the Electrical power Fee, Ghana Expenditure Advertising Fee, Ministry of Agriculture, Registrar General’s Office and the Ministry of Internal Metropolis and Zongo Enhancement.
A total of 50 datasets and about 200 data methods were being uploaded on the Nationwide Open Information Portal throughout the event.
The facts hackathon ran for the following two times of the occasion and introduced persons collectively to function on information-linked assignments for dilemma-fixing from MDAs use-situation, recognition and networking.
The hackathon enabled the use of datasets uploaded on the Open information portal to develop citizen-centric purposes for the stakeholders of MDAs.
Awards were presented to the greatest a few (3) establishments for the Info Add obstacle though the winners of the Details hackathon received a complete of GHC15,000 prize money and are at this time going through a thirty day period acceleration program at Cellular World-wide-web Ghana to empower them thoroughly develop their computer software remedy.
About the Ghana Open up Details Initiative
The Ghana Open up Details Initiative was started in 2012 to be certain that govt information will be open up and easily accessible but grew to become inactive from 2015.
To revamp the initiative, the Ministry of Communications beneath the eTransform job redeveloped the open info portal, designed a national facts sharing coverage with an open up knowledge part.
The Ministry also trained 154 government staff from 20 MDAs on open up details management, publication, policy and alter management. The redeveloped portal currently has 130 datasets with about 1000 data means and can be found at https://data.gov.g