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The Open Data Boot Camp for Government, held last July 25-26, 2013, provided a great opportunity for staff from different agencies to learn about the principles of open data, and also practical skills they could use

The Open Data Boot Camp for Government, held last July 25-26, 2013, provided a great opportunity for staff from different agencies to learn about the principles of open data, and also practical skills they could use in their day-to-day data handling.

The first day opened with a short presentation of the Open Data Philippines project and roadmap. This was followed by a thorough discussion by Oxana Casu, Project Management Specialist of the e-Government Center of Moldova. She detailed Moldova's experience with Open Data initiatives and gave some insight on the implementation of open data in the Philippines.

After lunch, participants were given a presentation on the international Open Government Partnership and the Philippines’ commitments to it. This was followed by a demonstration of a very early version of data.gov.ph, the upcoming data portal of the Philippine government.

The last talk of the day was a short workshop held by Paul Mariano, Research Assistant at the World Bank. He gave a crash course on handling raw data in spreadsheet programs such as Microsoft Excel, from cleaning up data, arranging, filtering, and analyzing it, to extracting the information that you need.

The second day opened with presentations on Open Applications: the Open Procurement Dashboard from PhilGEPS and the Open Transport initiatives of the DOTC were highlighted as examples of what both the government and the public can do with opened up data.

The Open Forum which followed an overview of proposed Open Data processes and policies was very lively, with participants making passionate suggestions on courses of action and even discussing certain points with each other.

After lunch, the Creatives team of the Presidential Communications Development and Strategic Planning Office provided the participants with a hands-on course on data visualization. The group took the attendees through different ways to visualize raw data and gave tips on which ones to use in specific situations. This was followed by short training sessions in using different online tools, both for creating charts and even mapping data out. Finally, they discussed basic design principles, and the importance of clean design in making data understandable to the public.

Overall, the two-day event was a great chance for those who handle government data from the different departments to get both a better sense of the big picture and additional training in making their department's data easier to manage and make presentable to the public.

Source :  http://data.gov.ph/news/open-data-boot-camp-government
25/07/2014