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 schools who are preferably 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?
- Phases of the Challenge
- When does the Challenge start?
- What’s Open Data?
- What’s Open Data BCN?
- 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.
Schools in Barcelona. Preferably, students in the 3rd and 4th grades of ESO. Participation will be supervised by the students' teacher. 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.
Phase 0: Registration.
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.
In order to facilitate a better adjustment to the requirements of each school, work with the students may start at two different points:
- Phase 1 (November): Analysis and proposals will be performed by the students along with their teachers. This will be the starting point of the projects they will develop later.
- Phase 2 (January): Teachers will receive a proposal from the organization. Students will analyse the open data related to this proposal.
Regardless of the working initiation point, teacher attendance to all training sessions will be compulsory.
Project’s duration: from November to May. Registrations are open.
- 15/11/2017: Presentation and Initial workshop. Place CESIRE Av de les Drassanes, 10
- 15/12/2017: Delivery of initial proposals telematically here.
- 18/12/2017: Definition of projects meeting. Place CESIRE Av de les Drassanes, 10
- 10/01/2018: Statistical workshop I (data analysis).
- 14/02/2018: Audiovisual and infographics workshop.
- 04/04/2018: Deadline delivery finalists proposals telematically here.
- 11/04/2018: Final event. Project defense and awards ceremony.
- 09/05/2018: Evaluation and closure.
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.
- 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.
- 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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).