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Research to Impact Hackathon: agriculture and nutrition

Institute for Development Studies / Research for Development

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Friday, January 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM (GMT)

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Type End Quantity
Subject Experts (Tue 22nd All Day)   more info Ended Free  
Developers (Tue 22nd - Fri 25th)   more info Ended Free  
Show and tell (Fri 25th Jan am)   more info Ended Free  
Subject Experts Pending Ended Free  
Developers Pending Ended Free  

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Linking information and data, and taking it to where it is needed

Every year institutions, researchers and practitioners generate thousands of datasets, reports and articles about development issues. Yet, much of this knowledge remains underused , locked away in silos. The Institute for Development Studies (IDS), and Research for Development (R4D) have been working to open up access to research information, creating open APIs allowing anyone to tap into over 15 years of curated development research.

Open data on the web makes it possible to take information on research from many sources, and to generate ‘mash-ups’ that make it available in different places, on different platforms, and in ways that support action and impact. Open data can be remixed to answer key questions in ways that were not possible before.

In this hackathon focussed on agriculture and nutrition we will bring together subject matter experts with tech developers to explore create innovative prototypes to increase the use and impact of research in development.

Subject experts on agriculture and nutrition policy and practice are invited to join us on all day on Tuesday 22nd January to explore key needs for access to research and data. Through a facilitated workshop together we will come up with problem statements to present in the afternoon.

Developers are invited to apply to take part and to join us from the afternoon of the 22nd January to hear about the challenges identified by our subject experts, and then to spend 23rd and 24th January working on building prototype solutions.

On the 25th January we all come back together for a showcase of the prototypes created, judging of the best prototype, and to explore ways to take forward better use of open data and research to inform practice.

Subject experts can also take part on the 23rd - 24th where expert support will be available for you to explore the available open data and resources to answer particular policy questions, and there will opportunities to work with the developers to help shape the prototypes under development.

There will be a prize - the best prototype will be awarded a package of financial and practical support to take forward future development of the idea (details to be confirmed). Lunch and refreshments will be provided. Travel expenses will be covered.

Have questions about Research to Impact Hackathon: agriculture and nutrition? Contact Institute for Development Studies / Research for Development

When & Where

iHub, Nairobi
Ngong Road
Nairobi, Nairobi

Tuesday, January 22, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Friday, January 25, 2013 at 1:00 PM (GMT)

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Institute for Development Studies / Research for Development

The Institute of Development Studies has been supporting access to and use of research knowledge within development processes through the provision of a number of online and offline knowledge services such as Eldis and Bridge . Over the last 18 months IDS has opened up the datasets which underpin these web portals so that other organisations can make use of these resources which have been built up over the last 15 years. This project to open up has involved the development of an Open API to the datasets, and also activities and initiatives with a number of southern partner organisations to build new tools and explore new ways to use this type of data (primarily meta-data about 35,000 research publications from a wide range of research organisations and meta data about organisations themselves).
Links:http://www.eldis.org, http://bridge.ids.ac.uk, http://api.ids.ac.uk   

Research for Development is an online portal which provides free access to research material (publications and projects) funded by Department for International Development (DFID). R4D have made the meta-data on thousands of publications, projects and organisations available as open linked data to be re-used in third party tools.
Links: http://www.dfid.gov.uk/r4d/

Both IDS and R4D are committed to making research relevant and accessible where it can have the most impact. That’s why we want to bring together different stakeholders to explore how opening up our datasets can bring wider benefits, and to understand how we can develop more openly in future.

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