As we develop the International Consortium for Data Collaboratives, we have a responsibility to the people impacted by our initiative – to local governments and partners, and to our own organizations – to think about how we are collecting, using, storing, and sharing information. To borrow a few lines from ICT Works, we should: Use data to make more informed decisions, to understand how our programs are doing and how to make them better.
Challenge: The resiliency of a transport network is a critical component to the stability and prosperity of a city. Freetown, prone to flooding and landslides, struggles to maintain services throughout the year. Compounding the challenges of weather and scarce resources, the government did not have a comprehensive map of its entire transport system, curtailing efforts to increase the resiliency of the system. Solution: Working with Where Is My Transport, map Freetown’s formal and informal transport network, and make the data freely available to governments, academia, and NGOs.
Should the private sector ever share data with the public sector, even if for public good? Well, it depends. Most of us are in agreement that when companies collect our data as a natural by-product of providing a service – like our movement data or spending patterns – the company shouldn’t sell these data to a third party for profit, especially without transparency. We want to know what is being sold.
On February 13, Data Collaboratives, for the first time, brought together International Consortium members, data partners, and staff working with these datasets in the field in one room. Nearly 200 colleagues joined the standing-room-only event, in person and online, learning about how private data partnerships can ethically and efficiency be made to work for public good. Learn more here: Video from Data Collaboratives Event: http://bit.ly/2EgDrCr PPT (large file due to many embedded videos): http://bit.
Senior Transport Economist Holly Krambeck shares her experiences filling gaps in traditional data collection for transport infrastructure projects by forming data sharing partnerships. She then introduces the World Bank’s new initiative to scale these partnerships, making them more efficient, effective, and responsible. Sorry, your browser doesn't support embedded videos.
Challenge: Kenya has one of the highest estimated crash fatality rates worldwide but is challenged to address the problem without adequate data. Solution: Real-time access to Waze data helped identify patterns of traffic incidents and congestion. Impact: A new method to better inform road safety interventions in Nairobi and similarly data-scarce environments. The government of Kenya – from policy designers and implementers to regulators and enforcers – face a challenge: they know road crashes are a serious issue, particularly in the capital Nairobi.