Community building
around Edo state
Open data Portal in
Nigeria
PRESENTED BY
Okwuone Nkechi
School of data Fellow Nigeria
...
What we will be talking about
1. What is a community
2. Why starting one was important
3. My community building experience...
Target Audience
This should be useful to ...
● Civil Societies
● NGOs
● Tech Communities
● other Enthusiasts
… and anyone that has a press...
What is a
community?
A community: what is it ?
Wikipedia
Why starting one
was important..
What is the Open data community like
in Nigeria?
● Open data is a very new topic
● Transparency is not a much talked about...
Some problems couldn’t be solved alone
● There was a disconnect between the supply and user
demand of open data
● Demand w...
My Community
building experience
To get a pulse of the open data
community?
● We sent out surveys to find like minds
● Did an hangout to create awareness a...
Lessons Learnt
•A community is as vibrant as its leader
•If you are not registered/associated or backed up, you are
not re...
Lessons Learnt Contd...
•Be empathetic but disciplined and focused
•You alone cannot change the world. - Pick a problem an...
Challenges of organizing
a community in Nigeria
Existing challenges
•Literacy level is quite low - 59.6% (wikipedia)
•Internet penetration is low - 30% (network world)
•T...
How we work around
these challenges
Low literacy level
•We always test our audience with little task to know how
basic we should go.
•We have an agenda but ke...
Low internet penetration
•We use charts, markers, stick notes
•We don't use and online
presentation documents and always
g...
More People Offline than online
● We try to visualize and
conceptualize on paper
● We still use fliers, group letters
and ...
Thinking about Nigeria?
● Come with an open mind
● Have a bucket load of patience
● Resilience and consistency is a must h...
Questions
Resources
1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_literacy_rate
2. http://www.networkworld.com/article/28602...
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Skillshare - Building a data literacy community in Nigeria

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Join our Nigerian fellow Nkechi Okwuone to learn about the why and the how of building a community, as illustrated by her experience as an open data project manager in the Edo, Nigeria. Community building in Nigeria (or similar regions) presents its own sets of challenges, so tune in to see how to address them.

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Skillshare - Building a data literacy community in Nigeria

  1. 1. Community building around Edo state Open data Portal in Nigeria PRESENTED BY Okwuone Nkechi School of data Fellow Nigeria @enkayfreda 21st November, 2015.
  2. 2. What we will be talking about 1. What is a community 2. Why starting one was important 3. My community building experience 4. Challenges of organizing a community in Nigeria 5. Some generous tips 6. Reference and Resources
  3. 3. Target Audience
  4. 4. This should be useful to ... ● Civil Societies ● NGOs ● Tech Communities ● other Enthusiasts … and anyone that has a pressing social problem and does not want to solve it alone.
  5. 5. What is a community?
  6. 6. A community: what is it ? Wikipedia
  7. 7. Why starting one was important..
  8. 8. What is the Open data community like in Nigeria? ● Open data is a very new topic ● Transparency is not a much talked about topic. ● Inclusive and participatory governance has not been our way of life ● Advocacy and civic engagement is mostly done without technology ● Edo state is the only state out of 36 states that has an open data portal
  9. 9. Some problems couldn’t be solved alone ● There was a disconnect between the supply and user demand of open data ● Demand was being placed on us for open data to translate into economic use ● The stakeholders (Government, CSOs) were interested in exploring how this can work. ● Open data is a new jargon in Nigeria and people can’t just understand what the fuss is all about
  10. 10. My Community building experience
  11. 11. To get a pulse of the open data community? ● We sent out surveys to find like minds ● Did an hangout to create awareness and a community needs assessment ● We created a communication system (both offline and online) ● Drew out a road map to actively engage them for the first 6 months.
  12. 12. Lessons Learnt •A community is as vibrant as its leader •If you are not registered/associated or backed up, you are not recognized •You will have to learn on your community and re-strategise regularly •The community will always plateau •Double effort is needed to make a case as to why you have chosen your goal for starting a community
  13. 13. Lessons Learnt Contd... •Be empathetic but disciplined and focused •You alone cannot change the world. - Pick a problem and get good at solving it.
  14. 14. Challenges of organizing a community in Nigeria
  15. 15. Existing challenges •Literacy level is quite low - 59.6% (wikipedia) •Internet penetration is low - 30% (network world) •There are more offline than online people •People are easily distracted or dissuaded
  16. 16. How we work around these challenges
  17. 17. Low literacy level •We always test our audience with little task to know how basic we should go. •We have an agenda but keep it a bit open to cater for side interests •When talking about open data - We have more time for questions than actually teaching •Use cases are actually our best cases.
  18. 18. Low internet penetration •We use charts, markers, stick notes •We don't use and online presentation documents and always give them a take home folder of resources •Get them to document their ideas, this form as input to next sessions. •if we have to use the internet, We always have a plan B
  19. 19. More People Offline than online ● We try to visualize and conceptualize on paper ● We still use fliers, group letters and word of mouth for publicity ● Seek for opportunities for collaboration on their ideas and projects ● We end events by collecting their skill needs and hold regular meetups to address them
  20. 20. Thinking about Nigeria? ● Come with an open mind ● Have a bucket load of patience ● Resilience and consistency is a must have skill ● Never expect too much ● Always have a plan B in all your plans ● You have to be dogged ● Be prepared to go as basic as basic
  21. 21. Questions
  22. 22. Resources 1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_literacy_rate 2. http://www.networkworld.com/article/2860254/tech-telecom-contribute- 10-percent-of-nigerias-gdp-ict-minister-says.html

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