” MetaData absolutely tells you everything about somebody’s life. If you have enough metadata you don’t really need content…[It’s] sort of embarrassing how predictable we are as human beings.”                                            – Stewart Baker As David Weinberger said “To a collector of curios, the dust is metadata”. Metadata contain information needed to understand and effectively use the […]
“Nothing is more dangerous than an idea, when it’s the only one we have .” — Émile Chartier Just like in many areas of life, this famous quote by French philosopher Émile Chartier holds a lot of truth when it comes to the design and development of technology. While ideas are the life-breath of any […]
As part of the Tech4Dev cohort, in March 2020, we kickstarted the re-design of Open City, a city level data repository hosted and developed by Oorvani Foundation and Data Meet. The purpose of the redesign was to make the platform more accessible and user friendly.  It was exciting to start this because it let us […]
Three months ago, Oorvani Foundation and CivicDataLab embarked on a collaborative journey to redesign OpenCity, an urban data portal visited by over 50,000 unique users every month. We set out to learn about our users, their experiences on the platform and their dreams for the future of this city based open data hub. An important […]
In the age of urbanisation that’s seeing cities grow at a fast pace. Meaning larger, more diverse problems in urban planning. In such challenging times, an open data platform that captures and gives access to quality city data would help drive better citizen-led governance and arrive at collaborative ways to address the rising urban challenges. […]