We foster open data usage in the city's schools
Barcelona Dades Obertes Challenge is a pilot project launched by Barcelona’s city council to promote, by means of a contest, the use of the open data published in the Open Data BCN website.
This is a project-based learning initiative aimed at students from the city’s public schools who are in the 3rd and 4th grades of ESO. Participation will take place under the supervision of the students' teaching staff.
The contest includes teacher training and a final public presentation of the projects.
This pilot aims to position Barcelona as a pioneering city in the introduction of open data knowledge in the field of education.
- What’s the Challenge about?
- Who can take part in the Challenge?
- What are the objectives of the Challenge?
- What’s Open Data?
- What’s Open Data BCN?
- Phases of the Challenge
- What are the benefits of the Challenge?
- What support will teachers receive?
Students will analyze their environment using the information available at the Open Data BCN website. Afterwards, they will have to suggest an action plan and defend it in a final event. All action plans will be evaluated by experts from the City Council and from other institutions.
In order to accomplish these tasks, students will be advised by their teachers, who, for their part, will have received specialized training.
Public schools in Barcelona. Specifically, students in the 3rd and 4th grades of ESO. Participation will be supervised by the students' teacher. There is a maximum of 3 participating teachers per school, and there are no restrictions regarding the subject taught by participating teachers.
No previous knowledge of data analysis is required. These skills will be acquired through several workshops scheduled in each phase of the Challenge.
Participating schools will be selected according to the criteria detailed in the contest rules (in Catalan).
- Fostering open data usage.
- Using data analysis tools.
- Elaborating proposals based on data analysis.
- Communicating the proposals through audiovisual resources.
- Developing critical thought regarding data usage in a digital environment.
Open data or Public Sector Information Openness is a movement driven by public administrations with the following objectives:
- maximizing available public resources,
- publishing the information generated by public bodies,
- allowing access to this information and using it for the common good and for the benefit of any interested persons or organizations.
To achieve these goals, data must be published in open, standard, and interoperable formats.
Open Data BCN is a Barcelona City Council website that hosts the aforementioned public data. The Open Data BCN portal is a service for citizens, and it is part of the municipal roadmap towards technological sovereignty called Barcelona Digital City Plan.
The information published in the portal is grouped into 5 main topics:
- Economy and Business
- City and Services
As of September 2017, the portal includes more than 420 datasets.
Phase 1: Environment analysis and definition of the project.
Phase 2: Analysis of the open data related to the project; development of the action plan.
Phase 3: Preparation of the presentation of the projects: infographics and audiovisuals.
Phase 4: Final public ceremony: presentation and defense of projects selected as finalists.
Phase 5: Evaluation and closure. 2018-2019 edition.
- Training in:
- open data
- data analysis.
- infographics and video production.
- Taking part in a co-creation workshop.
- 20 hours of training recognition by the Consorci d'Educació de Barcelona.
- Training in open data and its analysis.
- Fostering analytical and critical vision.
- Training in communication tools and strategies.
- Engaging in cooperative environmental project-based learning (E-PBL).
- Fostering STEM careers.
- Fostering civic and social awareness. Membership, involvement, and participation.
- Improving the awareness of the use of the data we generate.
Project’s duration: from November to May. Open enrolment.
- 9/10/2017: Informative meeting (Consorci).
- Week of the 6/11/2017: Opening workshop.
- Week of the 20/11/2017: Initial proposition entries.
- Week of the 21/11/2017: Meeting: project definition.
- Week of the 27/11/2017: Statistical workshop.
- Week of the 5/2/2018: Media and info graphic workshop.
- 4/4/2018: Final proposition limit date.
- Week of the 9/4/2018: Final act with project defence and prizes give away.
- Week of the 7/5/2018: Evaluation and challenge ending.
- Initial workshop:
- introduction to the possibilities of using open data
- statistical tools workshop
- brainstorming workshop
- Workshop on collectively defining the projects
- Database analysis workshop
- Infographics and audiovisual content production workshop
Workshops will be held out of school hours.
Furthermore, participants will be able to contact the organizers at the following email address: email@example.com
Barcelona Dades Obertes Challenge is organized by:
- Barcelona city council
- Institut Municipal d'Informàtica
- Institut Municipal de Cultura
- Consorci d’Educació de Barcelona.
- Centre de Recursos Pedagògics Específics de Suport a la Innovació i la Recerca Educativa (CESIRE).