The official launch and unveiling of "Visual Data Platfrom" took place on 18th December 2014 at the University of Ilorin and Dr. O.V. Mejabi was the Chairperson at the occasion.
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Research project: An Investigation of the use of the Online National Budget of Nigeria
Corruption and bad governance are major issues of concern to Nigerian citizens. Although Nigeria is yet to commence a formal move towards open data, or to launch an open data portal, budget data is increasingly available online, direct from government or through intermediaries. It’s not yet clear how aware the public are of this budget data, or how it affects budget governance. This study has employed a range of approaches, including analysing news media and interviews with key stakeholders, to determine how the public engage in the discussions of the national budget, their awareness of open data and its potential to drive good governance. The study also explores potential challenges to effective use of open budget data.
With support from the Open Data in Developing Countries project, the University of Ilorin has established an open data research group, and held an open budget data hack day, exploring with students the potential of open budget data.
On 9th April 2014, Dr. Maurice McNaughton delivered a lecture under the umbrella of the faculty to which the Unilorin ODDC project team members. The lecture was the 3rd Faculty Lecture of the Faculty of Communication and Information Sciences, University of Ilorin. The lecture was titled: Innovation at the Periphery - A Caribbean Perspective.
Slides from this lecture are available for download below.
Unilorin ODDC organised an Open Data Hackathon on the Open Budget Data of Nigeria on February 22nd 2014 and the winners were invited to showcase their visualisations to the audience at the Stakeholder Workshop. Details of the actual Hackathon and the winners can be found at: http://goo.gl/yE09pG
A stakeholder describing himself as a Freelance Technology Creative also made a presentation on the Potential Benefits of Nigeria's Budget data which can be found at: http://opendataresearch.org/sites/default/files/posts/Paper%20presentati...
The Unilorin ODDC research group provided participants with printed copies of their results in four major sections. Each section ended with topics for group discussion.
ODDC project mentor engaged participants at the Unilorin ODDC Stakeholder Workshop with a presentation on Data Journalism - A Carribean Perspective. The presentation covered thematic areas such as Infographics, Open data in Agriculture, Open budget, Fusion between Developers and Journalists.
The Dissemination Workshop started with an Opening Ceremony which featured an Address by the Unilorin ODDC project leader (Dr. O.V. Mejabi) and a Welcome Address by the Vice-Chancellor of the University of Ilorin (Prof. AbdulGaniyu Ambali); and a Keynote address by Dr. Tunji Olaopa, the Permanent Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Communication Technology.
The Workshop was an opportunity for Open data, Budget data, and good governance and transparency stakeholders to discuss the findings from the above mentioned research towards mapping out next steps for further actions.
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Dr. Maurice McNaughton, Director of the Mona School of Business & Management, University of the West Indies, Kingston, Jamaica, who is the Peer Supporter/Mentor to the Unilorin ODDC research project arrived Abuja, Nigeria, on 6th April, 2014, to be part of the University of Ilorin's ODDC Stakeholder Research Dissemination Workshop. He spent time at the University of Ilorin, Kwara State, where he delivered a Faculty Lecture before departing for Kingston through Lagos on 11th April.