Data Literacy in the MENA regionAbed Khooli, an independent researcher from Palestine, has been working with the American University in Cairo – Egypt, Birzeit University in Palestine and Al-Akhawayn University in Morocco to explore challenges and opportunities for increasing data literacy in the MENA region. The main conclusions are:
Hackathons and Data-Rich CommunicationOne of the significant activities during this exciting week is the annual Egypt Big Data Hackathon. Organised by the ITI in partnership with the IDRC, UNDP, ILO and TERADATA, the hackathon camps on ITI’s previous successful editions. Throughout the two days, youth will explore data provided by various ministries aiming for innovative prototype solutions. These revolve around enhancing the quality of life and services and driving new applications and business opportunities. Three domains of activities focus more precisely: water supply services, public transportation, and remote sensing and climate forecasts. All the details and agenda are available at the ITI.
We mentioned it when announcing our new partnership with InfoTimes last week, but a reminder never hurts. On 20 and 23 Feb, two dedicated training sessions will take place within the framework of the workshop. Those sessions focus on data journalism for students and professionals. Thus:
For everyone on Twitter, we are using the hashtag #ddiMENA. We are also setting up a list of relevant accounts you should follow: those are colleagues, speakers, experts, etc. who will be attending the event. Follow @OpenMENA for details.
Facebook is another place where to look for updates. The most straightforward places to check out are IDRC’s Facebook page and our own Open MENA Facebook page.
This post was originally published in Open MENA