The next track we're hearing from is on data journalism. In general terms, the debate was directed at the new digital divide: those that have access to data and ability to visualise it and interpret it and those who don't. We were asked to close our eyes for ten seconds to see how it feels like. So part of the discussion was on how to we reach the people that we want to reach. We also need to invest in more tools to make manipulating and visualising more accessible for others. And from the journalistic point of view, we tried to establish an etiquette: NO MORE PDFs PLEASE!
And onto the data capsule. They start by highlighting the process that went into getting the data capsule off the ground. It took eight partners to get it to work and to collect data from across different agencies in Colombia. Had four datasets. Teams had at least one data 'scientist' but we're also multidisciplinary.
And the last track was around citizenship and accountability. First session looked at how citizens can actually be engaged to collect data and promote accountability. Then had ten initiatives launched and discussed mainly around citizen monitoring. And the third session looked at how to generate partnerships. Key lessons from this track: data is not a magic bullet and that it's people not data going to change the world; that this needs not to be data for data's sake; concern about data reinforcing inequities and the work that needs to be done to ensure greater access to data by more people.