Qiyang Xu from WBI presented one of the most recent ongoing projects at Innovation in Governance - Points of Knowledge (PoK), an open source online toolkit that creates an accessible, attractive channel for citizens to correct geospatial information of official open datasets, including schools and healthcare facilities. The idea of PoK was derived from an early study conducted by Innovation in Governance on accuracy of Open Data Kenya datasets, which showed that the accuracy rate was below 22 percent. At the end of the talks, Marten Hogeweg who was visiting Washington, DC, from Redlands, CA, brought up the importance of closed feedback loops and the holes that break them.
Among the presenters were Zachary Bastian from the Wilson Center, Valerie Zolyak from BlueRaster, Dave Cole from Development Seed and Abby Baca from the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery. The major theme of the discussions centered on using the power of the crowd to create or improve data. Another important subject was the creation of incentives for local communities to participate in crowdsourcing activities. There was quite a lot of interesting work in the social infrastructure mapping space and the ideas shared during the discussion were helpful in moving this space forward.
The event at the OpenGov Hub was the first in a series of events supported by WBI around the topic of Innovation and Governance. Fellow mappers from different organizations were looking for better solutions for geospatial data collection through crowdsourcing. The success of the event demonstrated the importance of exchanging experiences and promoting new ideas. The next event in the series will be held at the beginning of 2013.