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Workshops And Clinics

Lab Leads regularly organize operationally-relevant learning and networking activities to support staff capacity building and cross-VPU collaboration. Activity materials are recorded for use by teams so they can benefit all colleagues, regardless of time zone.

DateTitleTypeDescriptionMaterials
2021-05-20 06:00:00 +0000 UTCLearning about Where Is My Transport's Mobility DataWorkshops

Join us on May 20th at 11 a.m. EDT to learn about mobility data and solutions for emerging-market cities from Where Is My Transport.

🖥 Webex

2021-05-10 04:00:00 +0000 UTCFacebook's Relative Wealth IndexWorkshops

Join us on May 10th, 9:30 a.m. EDT to learn about Facebook’s Relative Wealth Index.
Facebook recently released “The Relative Wealth Index”, which predicts the relative standard of living within countries using de-identified connectivity data, satellite imagery, and other nontraditional data sources. Join Alex Pompe and Laura McGorman from Facebook’s Data for Good Team to learn more about the Index, its use cases (e.g., it was used in Togo for the delivery of cash assistance during COVID-19), and how you can leverage the data for your projects.

🖥 Webex

2021-04-15 17:00:00 +0000 UTCFacebook Data Sources for ProjectsWorkshops

In this session, Alex Pompe and Omari Sefu from Facebook present the datasets available to World Bank staff, and Sreelakshmi Papineni from the Bank’s Africa Gender Innovation Lab explains how her team has been using Facebook’s Gender at Home and Future of Business Surveys to inform World Bank’s projects.

2021-04-01 19:00:00 +0000 UTCGoogle: Covid-19 Open-DataWorkshops

In this session, Oscar Wahltinez and Aurora Cheung from Google’s Covid-19 Open-Data team present the largest Covid-19 epidemiological database available in addition to a powerful set of expansive covariates. The dataset includes open-sourced data with a permissive license (enabling commercial use) relating to vaccinations, epidemiology, hospitalizations, demographics, economy, geography, health, mobility, government response, weather, and more. Moreover, the data merge daily time-series from hundreds of data sources at a fine spatial resolution, containing over 20,000 locations and using a consistent set of region keys.

2021-03-11 05:00:00 +0000 UTCWorking with Big Data in DatabricksWorkshops

In this session, Kartheek Kandikuppa (World Bank ITS) and Maksim Pecherskiy (World Bank DEC Analytics & Tools) share what we need to know before we start working with Databricks.

2021-03-04 05:00:00 +0000 UTCLearn to Use Linkedin Data in Your ProjectsWorkshops

LinkedIn is the world’s largest professional network, with more than 740 million members, 14 million jobs, and 5 million companies across 200 countries and territories around the world.

During the event, join our LinkedIn colleagues to learn about the LinkedIn data available through the Partnership, see case studies of its use in peer institutions, and discuss its application to projects as part of the Development Data Partnership.

2021-02-25 05:00:00 +0000 UTCSDG Atlas 2020 Behind-the-Scenes – From Raw Data to 17 Interactive Data StoriesWorkshops

During this event our DEC colleagues, Florina Pirlea and Divyanshi Wadhwa, lead core members of the SDG Atlas team, will give an overview of the SDG Atlas and walk us through the process involved in the making of the Atlas, starting from ideation to the end product.

Following this, Maarten Lambrechts, a member of the data visualization team behind the SDG Atlas 2020, will share insights from the process and technology used to manage and build the Atlas. He will talk about drafting story outlines, writing and editing text collaboratively, sketching visualizations, managing and wrangling data in R, and finally building stories and scrolly visualizations with React, D3, Adobe Illustrator, and Mapbox.

2021-02-23 05:00:00 +0000 UTCBig Data for Broadband Coverage and Economic Impact Assessment - Case of UkraineWorkshops

During the workshop, our Digital Development GP colleagues will share their work on broadband coverage and economic impact assessment conducted in Ukraine through merging multiple private and public data sources such as Ookla data on speed tests and Government’s data on penetration rates. The sessions will cover various aspects such as comparability and compatibility of data, data visualization, and catching anomalies.

2021-02-17 05:00:00 +0000 UTCFY21 Q3: What's the Future Book ClubBook club

The Data Lab supports learning about both the digital world and each other through books. Every quarter, we organize a speed dating book fair, to help staff find their perfect book match.

2021-02-11 05:00:00 +0000 UTCLearn to Use Mapillary in Bank ProjectsWorkshops

Edoardo Neerhut and Christopher Beddow from Mapillary will tell us about the resources and features available to the World Bank staff through the Development Data Partnership. They will also talk about Mapillary’s applications for road surveys and assessment, as well as disaster risk reductions, and OpenStreetMap integrations. And our colleague, Sarah Antos will tell us how her team has been using Mapillary in their projects.

2021-02-09 16:00:00 +0000 UTCHow to Start Working with Private-Sector DataWorkshops

Learn how to work with private sector data available through the Development Data Partnership. This session will cover: how to explore data partners and data opportunities, how to submit a proposal, where to find data documentation, code snippets, and data schemas, and more.

2021-01-21 05:00:00 +0000 UTCJanuary 2021: Data Lab Leads MeetingLab leads meeting

We kicked off the Data Lab Leads 2021 meeting series by inviting guest speaker and fellow colleague Joy Aoun to our first board meeting of the new year in January. Joy has been innovating up a storm on finding ways to quickly inform damage and needs assessments in places that are difficult to reach. Drawing upon social media, news, remote sensing and other sources, her team has developed methods that may help improve regular project supervision. We also discussed about onboarding the next tranche of Lab Leads, followed by a round robin.

2020-01-17 05:00:00 +0000 UTCFY20 Q3: What's the Future Book ClubBook club

The Data Lab supports learning about both the digital world and each other through books. Every quarter, we organize a speed dating book fair, to help staff find their perfect book match.

2019-11-19 05:00:00 +0000 UTCAuthor Talk: Cathy O'Neil, Weapons of Math DestructionBook club

Cathy O’Neil author of Weapons of Math Destruction presentation at the World Bank.

2019-09-10 16:00:00 +0000 UTCFY20 Q2: What's the Future Book ClubBook club

The Data Lab supports learning about both the digital world and each other through books. Every quarter, we organize a speed dating book fair, to help staff find their perfect book match.

2021-01-25T19:30:50-04:00GIS and COVID-19: How Mapping Supports Response and RecoveryWorkshops

In this evelopment Data Partnership event, participants learn how IDB, UNICEF, and the WHO are using ESRI GIS technology to supporting COVID-19 response and recovery.

2021-01-24T19:30:50-04:00Learn How to Use Twitter Data In Bank ProjectsWorkshops

Through the Development Data Partnership, World Bank staff have free access to Twitter’s Enterprise API platform, which offers real-time and historical social data. During this workshop, Twitter staff helped staff get started.

2020-10-29T19:30:50-04:00Mapping and Analyzing Geospatial Data for Social Assistance DeliveryWorkshops

Learn how the team used geospatial data to improve the delivery of social assistance programs in Tunisia. The event is jointly organized by Social Protection & Jobs Global Practice, ITS Technology and Innovation Lab, and the WB Data Lab as part of the LearnDTech Initiative.

2020-08-25T19:30:50-04:00Measuring Equitable Access to Health Facilities with Data Partnerships and Open-Source ToolsWorkshops

Meet our summer intern Afeefah Khazi-Syed, biological engineering major at MIT, as she presents her research on analyzing physical access to health facilities. She hopes her work can inform decisions on how to allocate scarce resources towards placement of mobile health services. Afeefah’s work, which includes open-source code that Bank staff can use to replicate her results, utilizes data from Facebook and MapBox, acquired through the Development Data Partnership (datapartnership.org).

2020-06-30T19:30:50-04:00Data Science Talk: Learn How to Use Crowdsourced Smartphone GPS Data on your ProjectWorkshops

The Development Data Partnership has partnered with four mobility data providers to acquire smartphone GPS data across many emerging economies. These data have applications for understanding population movement during the pandemic, supporting client advisory on topics such as social distancing measures, placement of mobilie testing facilities, and estimating economic activity. At the workshop, participants learned about these data providers, the data transformations undertaken by the Partnership team to make analytics easier, the data documentation system, and recent work on COVID-19 indicators.

2020-06-25T19:30:50-04:00COVID 19 Clinic: Food SecurityClinics

COVID-19 and the on-going locust plague pose high risks to food security. Colleagues from the Agriculture Global Practice ask, “What are the available data and digital tools with potential to monitor food prices and help mitigate food supply chain disruptions?” Speakers from the IMF, FAO, the IFC, Premise, and Indigo share their resources and ideas to help address this challenge.

2020-06-25T19:30:50-04:00Data Science Talk: Using Social Media Online News and Text Analysis for Monitoring COVID-19 ImpactsWorkshops

A Social Development GP team used alternative data (Twitter, Instagram, news media, Facebook, Google, Premise, etc.) to boost their COVID-19 social impact monitoring. Their work helped rapidly inform decision makers and identify rising public concerns, with a large population sample at a very low cost. Talk topics includesed: monitoring conversations via social media and online news; crowdsourcing citizen information via online surveys; comparing results across different data collection efforts; and integrating with other big data efforts, such as mobility analytics.

2020-05-25T19:30:50-04:00COVID 19 Clinic: Location Based IndicatorsClinics

Health colleagues asked the Lab to organize an “emergency” clinic to help them narrow down a set of indicators to support social distancing policy formulation. To get started, we invited external partners from Google, Facebook, MapBox, Unacast, and Carto to share the latest progress globally, as well as colleagues from DEC, GFDRR, Poverty, and FCVs to share progress on the Bank’s efforts. With this firehose of a session, we herded cats to mitigate duplication of effort and set a foundation for collaboration.

2020-04-25T19:30:50-04:00COVID 19 Clinic: Air QualityClinics

At the request of our FCV colleagues, the Lab organized a clinic on the link between air quality and COVID-19 outcomes. We invited speakers from the Environment GP, the European Space Agency, and Climacell to share resources and best practices.

2020-04-25T19:30:50-04:00Data Science Talk: Monitoring Sentiment Towards COVID 19 Policies Using GDELTWorkshops

GDELT, an open-licesne repository of real time local news data, is being used to track sentiment towards COVID-19 policies and challenges. The program’s founder, Kalev Leetrau, introduces how to access the many resources avaialble through the platform.

2020-04-23T19:36:58-04:00Data Partner Workshop: OoklaWorkshops

Ookla, part of the Development Data Partnership, is one of the world’s largest providers of global Internet connectivity intelligence data. The workshop started with an introduction to the Ookla platofrm and was followed by a clinic with three Bank team who had submitted proposals to work with Ookla data.

2020-03-30T19:30:50-04:00Data Partner Workshop: IndigoWorkshops

We are very excited to introduce our newest Development Data Partnership member, Indigo. Through Indigo’s Atlas platform, users can access high-resolution, real-time data on crop location and health, impact of weather on crops, and more. During this introductory workshop, we learned about and discussed how we can make the most of this new platform.

2020-03-25T19:30:50-04:00COVID 19 Clinic: Mobility DataClinics

The Lab organized a Data Clinic for our DIME colleagues, to discuss on-going and proposed use of mobile device data for COVID-19 analytics. Guest speakers include colleagues from Cuebiq and Flowminder, as well as Bank staff sharing ideas and new initiatives.

2020-03-25T19:30:50-04:00Covid 19 Clinic Health GP Priorities and Big DataClinics

The Lab organized a Data Clinic with our Health GP colleagues and Lab memebrs to learn about: (1) WB Health GP priorities for addressing COVID-19 and planned analytical work; (2) Data resources available to Bank staff through the Development Data Partnership (Facebook, Google Health Trends, and MapBox); and (3) Preliminary big data analytics being undertaken by Bank colleagues on different aspects of COVID-19 response.

2020-03-15T13:03:56-04:00Amazon Web Services TrainingWorkshops

Amazon Web Services (AWS) training is part of a series of events organized by Development Data Partnership for IT staff and data scientists. The course covered new Amazon tools to make it easier and faster to organize and analyze very large, unstructured data. Training materials include self-paced, step-by-step hands-on lab activities. To access lab materials, please request permission from datalab@worldbank.org to access via GitHub.

2020-03-02T08:04:46-04:00Locust Crisis 2020Clinics

The Lab organized a Data Clinic (first of its kind) with our Agriculture GP colleagues to brainstorm ideas for tracking and predicting locust swarms, drawing upon the many data resources we have in the Bank. In addition to our Agriculture GP colleagues, colleagues from Climate Change GP, Environment GP, FCV GP, ITS GeoLab, Geospatial Operations and Support Team, DEC Analytics and Tools, DEC Development Data Hub, Development Data Partnership, and WBG Library joined us at the clinic. Together, we defined a clear set of challenges related to the current locust crisis, and we identified analytical methods and resources for addressing these challenges.

2020-02-24T18:52:13-04:00Fun Toys and Serious Tools for Field Data CollectionTech talks

Spice up your next mission with modern data collection methods. First, learn how to capture street view images(spoiler alert - it’s easy) and then how to use these images to support project monitoring (even in FCVs), RAP development, DRM risk assessments, road safety assessments, and more. Then, learn how your colleagues are training clients to collect geo-tagged data for project monitoring. The session will wrap up with a show-and-tell table, with a selection of data collection tools and apps you can try (sub-text: come in person - it’ll be informative + fun)!

2020-02-19T18:30:32-04:00An Economist, Data Sicentist, and Geographer Walk Iinto a Bar...Tech talks

You’re almost out of BB, and your project’s gotta move. You need analytical support, but can only afford one person – do you choose the experienced economist, the hotshot data scientist, or the savvy geospatial specialist? What is the difference, anyway? Come find out in this friendly smackdown, where colleagues show off their professional pride as they tackle the same development challenge from different perspectives. Be prepared for the surprise ending.

2020-02-18T19:30:50-04:00Esa Earth Observation ClinicWorkshops

The European Space Agency (ESA) supports on-call, prequalified geospatial firms ready to support your project on all manner of satellite-imagery and remote sensing activities. Support, valued at <= US$45,000, will be provided to qualified applicants. Apply through the Development Data Partnership (datapartnership.org).

2020-02-12T18:50:15-04:00Your Brain Is Not Enough. Use Modern DataTech talks

You’ve heard about big data and AI. Now be empowered to use them. How? Find out in this engaging Tech Talk, where you will participate in a live BOT or NOT Turing test, followed by discussions with Kalev Leetrau (RealClear Media Group), who created the world’s largest open news database (GDELT), and Joe Flasher (Amazon Web Services), who will introduce the Amazon Sustainable Data Program – an unprecedented collection of open data directly relevant to Bank work. Also, colleagues from the ITS Innovation and Technology Lab and the DEC Data Analytics and Tools team will help you connect with Bank AI talent to use these modern data in your projects.

2020-01-25T19:30:50-04:00Data Partner Workshop ClimacellWorkshops

Climacell combines traditional weather sensor data with non-traditional sources to derive up-to-the minute, real time micro weather and air quality mapping and forecasts. There service is used primarily by utilities and transportation companies, like Uber and Ford, and airlines, such as JetBlue, United, and Delta. The workshop focused on the Bank’s response to the locust crisis in east Africa as a case study, but discussion and questions covered all manner of challenges – transport, agriculture, industry, etc.

2019-11-15T19:30:50-04:00Center for Open ScienceWorkshops

Dr. Soderberg discussed the challenges and opportunities of Open Science and how the Center for Open Science is providing training and guidance to organizations on data sharing/reuse, and adding rigor to data analysis.

2019-10-19T18:26:09-04:00Need Data? Start Here (Not There)Tech talks

Every World Bank project begins with data, but not every project takes advantage of the open and proprietary data sources available to all staff. Learn how to level up your project data acquisition strategy in this lightning talk + game show mash-up.

2019-10-15T19:03:56-04:00Facebook Data for Good WorkshopWorkshops

Through the Development Data Partnership with Facebook, staff can now access anonymized Facebook data products. Facebook colleagues introduced these new resources, and staff who have been using them presented their work on gender, energy, and disaster risk management projects.

2019-09-19T16:49:58-04:00Data Is Dead. Long Live Data.Tech talks

The use of data to design and monitor Bank operations isn’t new, but technologies are quickly transforming the efficiency and efficacy of our data practices, as well as the risks. No staff or client should be left behind – join our inaugural interactive Tech Talk to find out what we need to know, how we’ll learn, and, critically, how we will be supported through the revolution.

2019-09-15T16:03:56-04:00US Digital Service Field TripWorkshops

Staff were treated to a presentation on how US federal government attracts talented mid-career tech talent to do a “tour of service” to help modernize public services, followed by a visit to the US Digital Service office, across from the White House.