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First, a quick announcement… We’re launching a new series called “Analytics on the Road”!
For those that don’t know, Dave Mathias has been traveling through Africa and Europe the last 3 months. Along the way, he had the chance to meet up with data people from all walks of life. We wanted to share their voices and find commonality and community, learn from them
At Open Up, they believe that an equal society starts with equal access to information, and that access to relevant information creates an active citizenry. You cannot change something if you don't know what it is, how it works, or that it even exists. Open Up is helping the citizens of South Africa by working with the government to open source their data, and then building tools and skills to make that data available and understandable to the broader population!
One of the core ways they help citizens in South Africa is through Data Literacy training, helping people understand that the data exists, what kinds of questions they can answer with it, and how to use it through some simple tools.
South Africa has a lot of opportunities for growth. One of the biggest problems they face right now is poverty. Helping people understand where poverty comes from and how it is perpetuated is the first step in reducing the poverty gap.
Teaching people about data also gives them critical skills that they can use to find better jobs, increase their pay, and improve their and their families lives!
More about Lailah & Julia
Links and References
Lailah & Julia’s Non-Profit - Open Up
Julia’s Data Hero - Adi Eyal - Open Up Director
Lailah’s Favorite Book - Forensic Architecture
Julia’s Favorite Book - The Witcher books
Cape Town Communities - Codebridge Meetup
Cape Town Communities - Data Viz Meetup
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