Conference on Open Data and Data Journalism opens in Accra

The Population Council, a nongovernmental, non-profit organisation established in 1952 and headquartered in New York, has announced a one-day conference on Open Data and Data Journalism to be held in Accra, today 22 November 2011.

According to the Council, the conference is being supported in part by The William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, and will be presented in collaboration with the World Bank Institute, the African Media Initiative, and Highway Africa.

The conference will include practical, introductory sessions on open data and data journalism, with an emphasis on trends in Africa and around the globe and will feature a mix of keynote speakers, short talks, and facilitated roundtable discussion among participants.

Speakers for the day-long conference are expected from the International Center for Journalists, the World Bank, the University of Ghana, Network Computer Systems, the African Internet Service Providers Association, as well as a webinar session featuring participants from open data initiatives in Kenya and Moldova.

On the other hand, participants will include Individuals from civil society, the media, private sector, academia and students.

The Population Council works with its partners to deliver solutions that lead to more effective policies, programmes, and technologies to improve lives around the world, through biomedical, social science, and public health research in 50 countries.

It also confronts critical health and development issues, such as stopping the spread of HIV to improving reproductive health and ensuring that young people lead full and productive lives.

By Edmund Smith-Asante

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