Open Data Culture

Date of implementation: May 2017 - Currently
Location: Cali, Medellín and other municipalities of the Metropolitan Area of the Aburrá Valley, Colombia
Constituents: Community around the 10 centers of measurement of the air quality distributed in Medellín and other municipalities of the Metropolitan Area of the Aburrá Valley.
Partners: Medellín Data Strategy Council, IBM, Ruta N, Alcaldía de Medellín and Public Good App House (produced by Caravan Studio, a division of Techsoup).

At MAKAIA we are aware of the importance and the benefits of open data. We have partnered with different institutions to promote an Open Data culture in Colombia through two projects.

1. Collective Open Data Creation Pilot

This pilot project enhances a culture of data through a network of monitors of air quality with the participation and commitment of each citizen in the use of open data. To achieve this, we aligned two components:

Technical Adequacy

We selected 10 institutions in Medellín as air measurement centers. In each of the 9 centers will be installed a sensor capable of measuring particles in the range of 2.5 microns and 10 microns in diameter. These particles set the criteria for determining levels of airborne contamination. The sensors will be connected to a WIFI network to publish the recorded data to a platform for further analysis.

The centers that will measure air quality are:

  • Casa de la Cultural Alcázares
  • Biblioteca Pública Barrial La Floresta
  • Parque Biblioteca Gabriel García Márquez Doce de Octubre
  • Biblioteca Familia el Raizal
  • Biblioteca Popular N°2
  • COMFAMA - Claustro
  • Parque Biblioteca Belén
  • Biblioteca El Limonar
  • Biblioteca Santa Cruz

Besides having measurement sensors in these 9 centers, we have an extra sensor in the offices of MAKAIA, and we do a daily monitoring in our social networks of variations of air quality.


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There will be 3 workshops in each center with the following contents: p>

  • Air quality and literacy in open data usage.
  • Sensor installation, configuration and preventive maintenance, Big Data.
  • Sensor-published data processing, visualization and practicality.

In the workshops we had the participation of 113 assistants neighbors of the measurement centers, with different ages, and professions. The development and implementation of this project is systematized and documented so that other organizations can replicate the project or scale it to other regions. These ten sensors are currently in operation and providing information on air quality.

MAKAIA is looking forward the extension of this sensor network to bring communities closer to the open data culture and to improve the practices that affect the environment.

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2. Open Data Workshops in Cali and Medellín

Continuing our interest in fostering an open data culture and with the support of IBM Colombia, Ruta N and Uniandinos we held two workshops in the cities of Cali and Medellín. In them we had the assistance of 34 people.