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Make it Count: Contribute to the big data debate



The growing ubiquity of mobile technology, an expanded research appetite for aggregated data and concerns about unbridled inequality amid economic growth have led to ideas about a data revolution to underpin the next generation of Development Goals. The argument goes that increasing technological capacity provides greater opportunities for inclusive planning and public accountability. However, this makes various assumptions about political will, commercial interests, trends in user behaviour and the methodological and technical potential in many developing countries.

SciDev.Net is concerned about the potentially limited opportunities for media outlets in low-income countries to produce data journalism. In this event, we aim to explore the various challenges behind the data revolution in relation to data-driven reporting. But our discussions will not be restricted to these challenges alone. We have also uncovered a number of promising initiatives, which, we feel, are worth showcasing. To this end, we have invited a distinguished panel of speakers to shape the debate and present case studies to stimulate discussion.

We would like to invite readers to submit questions to the panellists. Please add your question to the comment box at the bottom of this page or tweet us @SciDevNet using the hashtag #makeitcount

From the various sessions on offer, the following will be livestreamed on this page in three segments: 
 
Time Session Speaker Link to session
10:00-10:10  Welcoming remarks Nick Ishmael Perkins  
10:10-10:50  Keynote address:  Economic Commission for Latin America and the Caribbean Brad Parks, AidData, and Martin Hilbert, UN   
10:50-12:00  Case study: Incentivising policy and research Alison Kennedy, Edinburgh Parallel Computing Centre  
Break in livestreaming
13:15-13:45  Working with qualitative data and accountability  Claire Melamed, Overseas Development Institute   
13:45-14:50  Case study: Engaging Southern media partners  William Shubert, Earth Journalism Network/Internews  
Break in livestreaming
14:50-16:40  Closing address and messages  Tim Wheeler, Department for International Development, and Laurent Elder, International Development Research Centre  
End of livestreaming
> Click here for the full agenda and list of speakers


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