As a winning organisation of an Open Data Day 2024 mini-grant, Diálogos organised the Datos y Tarros event in Guatemala on 7 March. The objective was to open the space to promote data-based initiatives that use machine learning tools, predictive modeling, data mining, natural language processing (NLP), Internet of Things (IoT), among others.

For this edition, within the framework of Open Data Day and the commemoration of International Women’s Day, we talked about research, journalism and innovation projects based on data with a gender perspective to bring to the table a conversation about the challenges that exist regarding violence and inequalities that affect women and girls differently.

We held conversations with strategic allies to join efforts and obtain better results. For this reason, we worked in alliance with Proyecto Poporopo, an open space to art, gastronomy and innovation ideas.

We made calls through our social networks to invite research, journalism and innovations projects based on data to present their results, the selection criteria were the following:

  1. The selected project makes use, analysis or visualization of data related to the theme of the event.
  2. The organization, media or individual person applies methods and/or tools in a rigorous, systematic and innovative way.
  3. The data was obtained transparently and through reliable and publicly accessible sources.
  4. The organization, media or individual respects human rights criteria and international ethical standards on the use of data.

We exchanged experiences for the collection and processing of data from a gender perspective. In addition, each project provided valuable evidence of the challenges that exist regarding violence and inequalities that affect women and girls differently.

The projects we heard about were:

  • Without women there is no democracy, a project promoted by Red Ciudadana and Plaza Pública that collects and presents data analysis of the participation of women in the political sphere and shows the differences and challenges faced in achieving parity.
  • Living Without Violence, an initiative of Guate Diversa e Inclusiva and launched with the support of Hivos; It consists of a portal that collects data, contains visualizations and analysis blogs on violence against women, girls and the LGBTIQ+ population.
  • Women Who Code presented a “Diagnosis about the gender gap in Information Technologies”.
  • The Open Justice Observatory from the civil society of the Grupo de Apoyo Xela (GAX), unveiled its web page, which focuses on accessing data from the justice sector in Guatemala to make visible how efficient is the justice system in the country attending women, the LBGTIQ+ population, children and youths, and the migrant population.
  • On behalf of Diálogos we presented the “Report about violence in the interactions of the social network X (Twitter) during the electoral campaign of 2023”. This report identifies different manifestations of violence in the comments of the social media X (Twitter) to different candidates during the electoral campaign in 2023. The profiles analyzed were women, people belonging to indigenous peoples, and LGBTIQ+ communities.

About Open Data Day

Open Data Day (ODD) is an annual celebration of open data all over the world. Groups from many countries create local events on the day where they will use open data in their communities.

As a way to increase the representation of different cultures, since 2023 we offer the opportunity for organisations to host an Open Data Day event on the best date within a one-week period. In 2024, a total of 287 events happened all over the world between March 2nd-8th, in 60+ countries using 15 different languages.

All outputs are open for everyone to use and re-use.

In 2024, Open Data Day was also a part of the HOT OpenSummit ’23-24 initiative, a creative programme of global event collaborations that leverages experience, passion and connection to drive strong networks and collective action across the humanitarian open mapping movement

For more information, you can reach out to the Open Knowledge Foundation team by emailing You can also join the Open Data Day Google Group to ask for advice or share tips and get connected with others.