Author: Marco Zaplan; This was first published here.
I was told it's going to be cold. But I didn't know it would be this cold. Bow.
From Jakarta last November 2015 to Harare, Zimbabwe this May 2016. The network of Data Extractors is back for one more workshop. We are now set to focus more on our data projects. Let's do this.
Since Jakarta, I've always envisioned of making sure extractives data disclosed works for mining affected communities in the Philippines. From day 1, I worked on making a simple prototype of this data portal that I have imagined. I pitched the features to my co-extractors by day 3.
I also led a small session on using Piktochart which is a powerful yet simple online tool for making infographics. Piktochart comes really handy especially for a comms person who uses a lot of data at work. When asked to pitch my session, I told them "if you are patient go to Tableau, if you are lazy like me go to Piktochart". A number of people showed up in my session.
This is the second and last workshop of the Data Extractors Program. Never in my wildest dreams would I do work on tons of data. When the Program opened up for applications, I was just in for the workshop in Jakarta (and the possible funding). I never knew that one day I'd get to Peru and Zimbabwe and meet SO MANY amazing people within the network thanks to this program.
I used to think that data are just numbers. I'd like to think otherwise. Data can make a difference. We just need to make sure we use them. I now see my future in data thanks to the DE Program.