I frequently come across doubts and roadblocks in the NGO and activism sector about sharing data. Some common pains:
- the format isn't proper,
- we haven't been able to organise it properly yet,
- report is still to be made
- I got a copy of this really significant stuff, but it doesn't fall under my project's scope and there's nothing I can do with it.
Bringing this data to a "proper" levei can take time and effort. And sometimes you might not be able to budget for that time/effort and may have to move on to the next project or so.
Sometimes the data you have is a huge pile of PDFs or scans.
Sometimes it's something that has been posted on the municipal corporation's website but you know it'll be taken down soon.
In such a scenario, I'll encourage you to just submit your data at this portal set up by Oorvani and DataMeet :
The people behind the website are long time open data champions and folks who understand both the social and the tech sectors. There is already a large amount of data getting collected there, and this way others who can take the work further can find that data and take it forward.
Q: What kind of documents can go here?
A: Please see this example:
Bengaluru BBMP Road History Ward 144 (Siddapura) – 2017
So please share your data there.