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Datawheel Chile Graduates From Seed Stage Funding

Aug 01 , 2019
Yell, 8, Alexis' sister, in the family house in Omoa, Honduras on June 27th, 2016.
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Over the past twelve months with the support of UNICEF’s Venture Fund, Datawheel has been collecting and integrating relevant datasets from different official sources to help monitor relevant socio economic indicators of Children in Chile such as health and education. These datasets have been integrated into the DataChile platform, a country-wide open data visualization engine that merges more than twenty datasets from multiple sources and solves the data delivery problem that mires the work of public and private sector analysts and policy makers.

Our mission is to make the world’s information accessible and digestible for the benefit of all
(Centre, wearing read) Alexis, 18, looks at his scrapbooks with his siblings at home in Omoa, Honduras on June 27th, 2016.


Our mission is to make the world’s information accessible and digestible for the benefit of all. At Datawheel we specialize in the integration, visualization, distribution and analysis of data by developing beautiful and easy-to-use online platforms. Every web platform we design is custom-made for the content behind it and for the local context and needs.

During 2018-2019 DataChile has expanded its scope by gathering microdata of the 2017 National Census, thus offering an opportunity to update our knowledge of the country’s current demographics. We have also collected data from the Ministry of Education and the Ministry of Health to expand the platform’s content on child mortality, access to education, performance and vulnerability of schools. These new datasets provide useful insights for the design of education, childhood and youth policies, and they will help monitor key indicators such as childhood-related Sustainable Development Goals.

We are aware that sustainability and information quality are important challenges for open data platforms. That’s why Datawheel has built strong partnerships with relevant stakeholders and high-level decision makers from the beginning of the project, engaging with data owners and experts in each of the fields covered by the new datasets.

DataChile not only aims to boost the use of public data in policy design and evaluation. We also aim to impact directly on children and youth through the provision of interactive visualizations and datasets such as Open Educational Resources. With this purpose, Datawheel has developed teaching guidelines and practical materials to foster the use of the platform as a resource for teachers and students.

Way Forward

We have worked with several governments and private companies in building data visualization resources. We look forward to continuing projects such as:

  • The Observatory of Economic Complexity is a tool that allows users to quickly compose a visual narrative about countries and the products they exchange. The site visualizes over 50 years of UN Comtrade data and provides new ways of viewing world trade data by introducing new statistical measures and a new type of visualization, The Product Space.
  • Data USA is the most comprehensive visualization of US Government data, making it accessible to public, private and non-profit organizations for the public good. Data USA provides a free, easy-to-use data platform that allows everyone from academic researchers to ordinary citizens to do their own data analyses, create content, embed charts, and develop their own stories about the country.
  • Data Africa is a tool that was built for the International Food Policy Research Institute. The team at Datawheel was responsible for the design, implementation and deployment. The platform is initially focused on state and province levels and has data for 13 countries: Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Ghana, Kenya, Malawi, Mali, Mozambique, Nigeria, Rwanda, Senegal, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. Data Africa aggregates datasets for agriculture, climate poverty and health providing users open source visualizations for the 13 countries mentioned. Over time the coverage of the platform is expected to expand — including more countries as well as expanding on the amount of data available through the platform.

We have also developed CodeLife, a product of the Code School Brazil Project of the State Funding Agency of Minas Gerais (FAPEMIG). CodeLife is a free learning tool and code editor designed to teach Brazilian students how to build websites by programming in HTML, CSS and JavaScript. The platform is available independently from physical classrooms, in order to provide a resource for students who may not otherwise have adequate learning opportunities.

Photo Credits
Top: © Datawheel
In Article: © UNICEF/UN028139/Zehbrauskas

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