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shanghai, Chinashanghai, China
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$1,000 - $10,000
Project Summary
Elevator Pitch

Concise Summary: Help us pitch this solution! Provide an explanation within 3-4 short sentences.

Improve the feedback-loop between open data consumers and suppliers through open-source platform that engages people in expressing their open data demand, and translate demands into actionable plan with crowdsourced ideas on how to use dataset, and relevant examples showing its impacts and values.

WHAT IF - Inspiration: Write one sentence that describes a way that your project dares to ask, "WHAT IF?"

you can decide what data to open up and how it will be released?
About Project

Problem: What problem is this project trying to address?

With more than 300 initiatives around the world, open data become mainstream in 2013. However, Capgemini's research shows 82% major data suppliers fail to utilize user participation capacity. That results in lack of input from consumers when deciding what data to release. Consequently, consumers often criticized data released are "boring". And data suppliers feel reluctant to release data since they are unsure how people will use the data.

Solution: What is the proposed solution? Please be specific!

DataiWant will crowdsource people’s demand for open data and allow public to vote on demand to show popularity. In addition, open data examples, ideas and impact stories will be also crowdsourced and/or automatically crawled from public sources to give both data suppliers and data consumers concrete information on how the dataset can be used and what outcomes they can expect. That will help both side to take concrete actions to release/use data. All information on the platform are freely and publicly available for both side and welcome any contributions from both side. Underlying the platform, DataiWant plans to offer open311-like open channel to allow data suppliers, app developers, and our platform to easily exchange information
Impact: How does it Work

Example: Walk us through a specific example(s) of how this solution makes a difference; include its primary activities.

Assuming I'm going to demand crime statistic data from Shanghai Police Department. I can create a new demand on DataiWant specifying my request. Other people see this demand and then they can vote up the demand to support my request. They can also create a new example on the platform showing how other cities such as Chicago released the data (the format, the metadata, etc) and associate the example with my demand. People can submit ideas on how to use the dataset and attach it to my demand too. The police department will receive my demand along with ideas and examples through our open channel. They can reply my demand to report their follow-up actions and once the dataset released, further feedbacks on how to improve it can be sent.

Impact: What is the impact of the work to date? Also describe the projected future impact for the coming years.

Everyone's life in the society will be directly or indirectly impacted by DataiWant's work. The direct impact is people can get more data they truly want through our platform. The indirect impact will be reflected by the value of data opened up through our platform. We already see many good examples showing open data's value: weather data can be used to help farmers plant corps at right time [Climate Corporate] or company register data can expose complicated company structures[OpenCorpoerate].DataiWant's success will be measured in three ways.

Spread Strategies: Moving forward, what are the main strategies for scaling impact?

The platform itself is open-source so anyone can easily set up their own instance in their own country. Besides, the platform also employs open311-like open channel for existing data portals to easily exchange info with this platform without complicated re-engineering so any data publishers can easily connect with our platform to start leverage this knowledge base. A plugin for famous data portal solution CKAN can also be developed to easily connect any CKAN instance with out platform to exchange info and that will also help us to scale globally.

Financial Sustainability Plan: What is this solution’s plan to ensure financial sustainability?

The project will gain profit through offering suppliers such as governments or large companies consultancy and technical service to help them implement the plan of opening up specific dataset. Profits will be used to improve server capacity and do further development. Extra fundings from international foundations and crowdfunding platform will also be considered.

Marketplace: Who else is addressing the problem outlined here? How does the proposed project differ from these approaches?

Several initiatives trying to collect open data demands through traditional survey/debates methods. E.g. Mexico's "datatron" allowing publics to vote on what kinds of data they would like to get. Such method can not capture detail requirements data consumers really care. DataiWant, on the other hand, not only tells suppliers how many people want the data, but also tells them how such data should be released and how people will use it. Furthermore, global examples, cases, and trends of open data will be shared to enable suppliers to translate demand into concrete, actionable plan.
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Full Impact Potential: What are the main spread strategies moving forward? (Please consider geographic spread, policy reform, and independent replication/adoption of the idea or other mechanisms.)

Overtime, we will work with organizations supporting open data around the world such as Sunlight Foundation in US, Open Knowledge Foundation in EU to roll out the platform in other countries. The open channel we create will be promoted to be a international standard and we will work with local, national, global data suppliers to adopt the standard and listen demand through the channel.

Barriers: What barriers might hinder the success of your project and how do you plan to overcome them?

We think data suppliers such as NGOs might not have enough resources to adopt out platform and open channel. We plan to offer free consultancy services to help such organizations to open up their data. In addition, we think we can help such organizations to get fundings from government or other funding sources to enable them adopt our platform.

Partnerships: Tell us about your partnerships.

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Closing the Loop
How does your project primarily ensure that feedback delivers results?

Help funders, governments, and other organizations to listen to and act on feedback.

Please elaborate on your answer to the above question.

Our platform crowdsource people's demands for open data as well as best practices of how to open up data and ideas on how to use the data. That will offer open data suppliers concrete and actionable feedbacks on how they can actually open up the data. Our open311-like open channel will also ensure data suppliers will listen to those demands and respond to demands.

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2nd Round Questions
Thinking about your feedback loop; what information are you trying to get from whom, to whom, and to bring about what change?

Collecting people's demand for open data and also ideas, examples and impact stories around open data to help open data suppliers to take concrete action on opening up more data for people to use.

What is the purpose of your feedback loop?

Improve quality of programs

If other, please specify
What mediums or mechanisms do you use to collect feedback? (check all that apply)


If other, please specify
Could you briefly describe the way you collect the feedback?

We collect ideas, examples and impact stories about open data via two methods: automatically collecting those data from data publisher's site and research documents and second, crowdsourcing those information on our website (like wiki). For people's demand, we crowdsource it by allowing people to vote on the item and add relevant info to this specific data demand item to make it concrete.

What mechanisms are in place to protect people from retribution?

Option to provide feedback anonymously

If other, please specify
What are the immediate benefits or incentives for people to provide feedback?

Confirmation of use of feedback

If other, please specify
How do you ensure new and marginalized voices are heard?

If other, please specify
What are the incentives for the intended recipient to act on the feedback?


If other, please specify

feedback is essential for them to make decision and take real action. and also feedbacks help them ensure what data will be cert

How does the feedback mechanism close the loop with those who provided feedback in the first place?


If other, please specify

they get dataset they need and receive better data-powered service

How is feedback published/transparent?

On a website

If other, please specify
Give two concrete examples of how feedback loops have brought a program or policy more in line with citizens’ desires.

One example I can give is the recent floodhack event in UK. Flooding is really worse in UK this year and flood data can really be useful to help people. People's demand for flood data was well received by the gov and they quickly released some flood data (though not perfect at that time) for people to experiment. The data was used by people at the floodhack hackathon event to produce 18 interesting applications including visualization showing current flooding status, a platform to crowdsource pictures and description about flooding area and so many others. And the event was also supported by UK cabinet office to pick up good applications to put them in action to help citizens in UK. This example shows how closed feedback can make opening data more efficiently and effectively.

Another example I want to talk about is Chicago's open data on GitHub. Chicago city released five data sets as open data through GitHub, a social programming platform. After they put the datasets on GitHub, people can easily look at their data and give feedbacks through issues and help improve data quality through pull requests. For instance, the food desert datasets is originally available in CSV format, but people think it would be better if it is available in GeoJson, a common format for Geo-Spatial data. So someone easily convert the dataset from CSV to GeoJSON and fire a pull request. In this way, the dataset is improved through this closed feedback between Chicago gov and data users.

If there was one thing you could change to increase the impact of your feedback loop, what would it be?

at current stage, the project is still an idea and I'm just starting collecting materials and coding the prototype. So it is hard to say what I would like to change at this stage.

What are your biggest challenges or barriers in “closing the feedback loop”?


If other, please specify

In the particular context of China, it might be hard to ensure the feedbacks can be delivered to gov's data publishers

Are you aware of The Feedback Store?

No, but I would like to be on it

What are the main uses you can envision for the Feedback Store?
What is the one thing you would most like to see changed to improve the competition process?
What are you doing to make sure that feedback providers know that they are empowered by the information they can give and that they know exactly what the information they are providing?