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Open Data Engagements & Toolkit

PAN is working with partners in the Open Data South Africa initiative to host regular workshops on using data for social impact and policy action. We also maintain the open data toolkit.

Open Data Toolkit

PAN is assisting with ongoing content updates to the Open Data South Africa toolkit. This toolkit was established during 2018 as part of a collaboration involving partners associated with the Open Government Partnership, including the Department of Public Service and Administration (DPSA), OpenUp, the Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI), The Innovation Hub, Geekulcha, Open Cities Lab and the Human Sciences Research Council (represented by PAN). Ongoing interaction between the partners has led to various joint events described below, as well as input on key policy processes, such as the DPSA-led public service data management strategy. 

Data Workshops and Events

PAN collaborates with various partners to support and host dataquests and hackathons. Teams of 3-5 young people from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds work with research, statistical and government administrative data to answer policy questions or to create new web/ mobile applications. Previous and planned events are focusing on a range of themes and data sources related to current policy issues. You can view examples of the programmes, questions and datasets from recent events below.

NEMISA Datathon at UNISA, Tshwane, November 2023

Public Sector Innovation Hackathon at CPSI conference, Cape Town, August 2023

Mokopane Digital & Data Literacy Program, Moshate Village, with Limpopo Development Ecosystem, April 2023

Limpopo Dataquest in October 2022 with University of Limpopo Developer Society and GK Limpopo. 

Mthatha 4IR Youth EXPO in June 2022 where we co-hosted an Open Data DevLab with OpenUp.

2022 Public Sector Innovation Hackathon hosted by the CPSI in February 2022.

GEW Hackathon with Telkom FutureMakers in November 2021.

Three OGP Open Data webinars were hosted between May and July 2021 covering the DPSA's work on a public service data management strategy, Drakenstein Municipality drawing on technology in its response to COVID-19, and OpenUp's work on data platforms.

Codebridge Youth uMngeni launch in October 2020.

#OpenDataDay 2020 Women and Health in KZN with Smartipants Tech, VarsityGenie and Innovate Durban in March 2020.

#DataScienceHack as part of the NEMISA 4IR Digital Skills Summit and Research Colloquium in March 2020.

#BIDataHack 2020 at UNISA with ITWeb and Geekulcha in February 2020.

#GKHack19 Women and Health Data Challenge with Geekulcha.

Vaal University of Technology DevDay focusing on air quality data with GKSS VUT.


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