Open Development Myanmar Soft Launch

On the 22nd August at Phandeeyar: Myanmar Innovation Lab, Open Development Myanmar was soft launched to test its functionalities, to introduce Open Data, to present the use cases of Open Data, to identify potential data partners and gather feedback and inputs on the Open Development Myanmar Platform and Open Data movement from the participants.

What is Open Data?

What is Open Data?

Open Development Myanmar is a leading initiative of Phandeeyar’s Open Data Program and Myanmar country partner of OpenDevelopmentMekong.net, a regional open data platform. The program is supported by USAID via PACT’s Mekong Partnership for the Environment. The platform has six main features, those are (1) an interactive data dashboard which shows various charts and graphs that summarize data on Demographics, Government, Economy and Industries, Education, Health and Environment, (2) Map explorer to explore different map layers, (3)  Profile page which is an interactive map that explores a particular dataset  (4) Articles which give an overview of each topic/dataset, (5) News archives that are properly tagged according to topic and location, and (6) a list of datasets where you can browse by type of data, language, country and the taxonomy.

Yan Naung Oak and Thet Aung explaining the features.

Ko Yan Naung Oak and Ko Thet Aung explaining the features.

  1. Open Development Myanmar can simply be described as a repository for publicly available data in Myanmar. An interactive site for exploring data through maps, visualizations and data stories. A hub that links various open data projects in Myanmar and around the region.

  2. Even though the targeted audiences of Open Data is everyone, the use cases from Tech: Community, CSOs, and Journalists were showcased as they are the main change agents of a community and as Open Development Myanmar can help them every step of the way.

We did bring the other models of what Open Data can be done with to advantage the community, Open Myanmar Initiative shared their parliamentary monitoring data portal and the journalist from Myanmar Now shared his lasted data-driven story on situations in prisons.

Ko Htin Kyaw Aye explaining OMI's parliamentary monitoring data.

Ko Htin Kyaw Aye explaining OMI’s parliamentary monitoring data.

Journalist Swe Win from Myanmar Now sharing his lasted data-driven story.

Journalist Swe Win from Myanmar Now sharing his lasted data-driven story.

Right after the presentation of Open Development Myanmar and sharing sessions of OMI and Myanmar Now, it was Q & A session which led to the most critical parts of Open Data movement in Myanmar. The hands-on discussion was continued to keep the heat, the groups discussed the role of Government, CSOs, and Media for Open Data and lesson learned on a data-driven story or social movement in the past.

Lesson learned from past open data movement in land issues and future advocacy steps.

Lesson learned from past open data movement in land issues and future advocacy steps.

Role of government in Open Data

Role of government in Open Data

Discussion on role of media for Open Data

Discussion on role of media for Open Data

After the discussion on role of CSOs for Open Data

After the discussion on the role of CSOs for Open Data, it’s being presented.