A call to Developers

Forward25 are looking for local (Exeter or Devon based) Developers to be part of a:

Data Mash-up – 1st to 4th April – Exeter 2011

In summary:
Purpose – visualise and bringing interactivity to key datasets on maternal and newborn health across the world to help decision-makers provide the vital resources to help improve and save the lives of mothers and babies.

Delivering a working interactive website and app – 1pm Friday 1st April to 4pm Monday 4th April 2011 at the Innovation Centre, University of Exeter Campus, EX4 4RN

Team – approximately 8-10 people with a mix of designers, developers, data analysts, and hopefully translators working through the weekend.

Structure – data is being prepared for easy access – xml, sqlite, mysql – working in 2-3 teams to come up with ideas on a specification, share ideas, decide on the final set of apps to be developed and get moving.

Ownership – the final outputs will be available through a GNU Public Licence agreement with all the contributors clearly outlined in the distribution and within the app and interactive website.

Impact – UN Population fund website on the week beginning 4th of April, presentation as part of the overall State of the World’s Midwifery Report to Ministers in May 2011 at the World Health Assembly in Geneva and part of the overall official launch in the International Confederation of Midwives Conference in June 2011.

The international press opportunities for the overall report is rolling fast with the involvement of about 15 international organisations:

– with a PDF fact sheet available on http://www.who.int/pmnch/media/press_materials/pr/2011/sowm_report_pres.pdf

– with national interest from the Guardian: http://www.guardian.co.uk/global-health-workers

This will be used as an opportunity to highlight talents and organisations as well as the final outputs.

To sign up, please go to http://forward25.eventbrite.com/

If you wish to express your interest, use the comments option below

Further details:

The data mash-up is part of a bigger project to highlight the issues for maternal and newborn health in over 60 countries with high levels of mothers and babies dying. The focus is on getting support for the midwifery workforce to be resourced to help reduce deaths and improve health outcomes, and meet the Millennium Development Goals which has a countdown to 2015.

The final app (interactive website/phone app) will be released the Monday ready for hosting on the UN Population Fund’s website. Future25 are working with the World Health Organisation and about 15 other highly influential non governmental organisations who have the potential to get the word out to the audience in a very massive way. I will emphasise that we have clearly stated everybody who contributes to this online interactive website (and possible a phone app) will have their name and the organisation that they represent clearly shown on the website and included in the presentations that follow the launch.

We have a dataset which is being collected for the State of the World’s Midwifery Report to be launched in June 2011 in South Africa. There are also access to other data sources including all the other countries not featured in the report. The data mash-up is about turning the data on global maternal and newborn health to inform decision-makers and the public about the facts and to push for more resources in this area.

2 thoughts on “A call to Developers

  1. This is a really cool project and we would be delighted to help, though we may not be able to make it to Exeter on these dates. However, we at OpenDataBCN would be able to collaborate online, providing translation to spanish, bweb app and native mobile app development. Please let me know if you are interested.

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