Phnom Penh, 04th March 2017; Open Development Cambodia (ODC), an ‘open data’ website, known as a local NGO that provides objective information about Cambodia and its development organized an event under the topic “Open Data Day 2017” that took place at Emerald Hub, PPIU Building, 11th Floor, Phnom Penh, Cambodia.
It is the 04th event that ODC arranged since it’s founded in 2011. ODC has contributed to openness and transparency in both the public and private sectors with open data that could enhance Cambodia’s development and sustainability benefiting all in the society.
During this workshop, there were various sessions presented by ODC teams, senior editor and researcher as well as ODC’s board of director and other guest speakers from units in Cambodia.
After opening speech and remarks by ODC’s board member, there were a presentation about ODC’s open data platform and show cases that participants could learn the quantitative and qualitative of news and topics from Open Development Cambodia’s website such as locations of land concession, landmine development shown on the map navigation and so on. Moreover, users could access the site with both English and Khmer version and bilingual English and Khmer articles.
Interestingly, Open Parliament was presented by Vantharith OUM, advocate for free culture and open knowledge in Cambodia. He gave some general knowledge of Cambodia senate and parliament with reference to some units such as Comfrel that works on parliament watch enclosed the parliament watch reports. In addition, he gave some sample projects such as Every Politician that collect and share data about every politician in every country in the world with open format that anyone can use; Global Open Data Index, an annual effort to measure the state of open government data around the world is another project for case study. Through GODI, we can look up various sectors in Cambodia such as national statistics, government budget, procurement tenders, election results, logistics and son on.
“How ICT improve development work with education sector in Cambodia” was another topic presented by Mak Puthea (manager of Cambodia ICT4D network). He raised some important factors by using ICTs such as improving better communication, new technologies offer new opportunities and closing digital division. Furthermore, he illustrated some sample project such as SorSe Khmer supported by Spider and Open Institute. Similarly, Action Aid is also working on similar project called Rean An I, II, III (App.).
Following that, presentation about Techsoup, an international NGO, was conducted by Techsoup team. “The values and benefits of open data for local communities” was presented by Sok Leap, Founder of System Exports and Collaborator of Open Source Cambodia.
Closing the event with Hackathon sessions demoing on ODC work and real practices by participants and ODC team helped facilitated.