Inclusive AI commons
with localized data

What if artificial intelligence could be trained on localized data that is accessible by everyone?

Open for Good improves localized AI training data in Africa, Asia and beyond

The lack of localized training data of sufficient quality is one of the major obstacles for localized AI innovation in Africa and Asia. Therefore, Open for Good focuses on localized training data in Africa, Asia and beyond. Training data that is locally relevant and the related technical questions are often overlooked by initiatives which work on access to AI. Open for Good therefore provides a platform for the coordination and exchange of good practices that is currently needed.

Increased availability and quality of openly available training data

Localized training data for artificial intelligence and machine learning

Representative and non-discriminatory training data

Localized AI to improve public services, strengthen private sector development and foster sustainable development

How do we achieve our goals?

Alliance members make training data sets openly available.

We are making training datasets openly available, helping existing open training datasets to be found and supporting their maintenance.

We facilitate the coordination and exchange of good practices and ideas.

We convene members of the community to discuss the latest developments around the collection of datasets and applications of AI, support the development of standards where needed, and share successful examples.

The alliance increases the public awareness for the benefits of openly available, unbiased and localized training data

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What is Open for Good?

Our alliance wants to overcome one of the major obstacles for developing localized AI solutions: localized training data of sufficient quality

That’s why we’re committed to open, non-discriminatory and localized training data for artificial intelligence and machine learning. With our members, we ultimately aim at creating training data commons.

Members

<a+> Alliance for Inclusive Algorithms</a+>

<a+> Alliance  works actively at the multilateral level to transform norms and standards that guarantee a future of coded inclusion with gender and race equality at their center so that we have robust & resilient 21st century democracies.</a+>

International Development Research Centre

<a+> Alliance  works actively at the multilateral level to transform norms and standards that guarantee a future of coded inclusion with gender and race equality at their center so that we have robust & resilient 21st century democracies.</a+>

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

“To advance knowledge in science and technology through creating an environment for undertaking relevant research, quality teaching, entrepreneurship training and community engagement to improve the quality of life”  

Radiant Earth Foundation

Radiant Earth Foundation is committed to strengthening and empowering a global community that benefits from high-quality and trusted ML and Earth Observation resources. We value, contribute to and uplift a community of practice that uses and shares open AI/ML-ready data. We encourage and facilitate training data with increased geodiversity, foster ease of access and discovery of data through standards, and advocate for open data commons, such as Radiant MLHub, to address global development challenges.

UNESCO

UNESCO advocates for the power of open data in promoting innovation and social good to shape an inclusive and accessible digital environment.

<A+> Alliance for Inclusive Algorithms

The <A+> Alliance for Inclusive Algorithms is a global, multidisciplinary and feminist coalition of academics, activists and technologists prototyping the future of Artificial Intelligence & algorithmic decision-making. We work at the regional and multilateral level to transform norms and standards that guarantee a future of coded inclusion with gender and race equality at their center. We do this in order to achieve and strengthen robust, resilient 21st century democracies.

Our immediate focus is the debiasing of the dataset and therefore the algorithm.  Our goal is the active correction of bias by means of data, algorithm & model, one piece of which is the active collection of inclusive, local, and feminist data so that we all can thrive.

For more information on our actions, see: <A+> Alliance for Inclusive Algorithms

The American University in Cairo

Established in February 2010, Access to Knowledge for Development (A2K4D) is a center for research on knowledge, digital technologies and inclusive development in Egypt, the Middle East and Africa. Based at the American University in Cairo’s School of Business, A2K4D has become a knowledge hub for interdisciplinary research on digital platforms, open business models, flexible intellectual property, open innovation, open data, artificial intelligence and inclusion in the digital economy in Egypt and the region. Our research aims at impacting policy as it offers academic contribution to an area of interest that is novel to Egypt and the region while contributing to global scholarship and actively presenting the voice of developing countries in global conversations.

For more information on our actions, see: Access to Knowledge for Development (A2K4D)

Digital India Foundation

Digital India Foundation is a policy think-tank promoting Digital Inclusion, Cyber Security, Mobile Manufacturing, Domestic Consumption, Software Products and Smart Cities. Since its inception in 2015, it has worked with pioneers in industry, academia and government organizations on issues ranging from promoting a safer and inclusive product and policy environment for Indian ecosystem.

Specific work undertaken by DIF.

As consultant to MyGov (Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology), we organised Citizens Voice Challenge with an aim to provide innovative ideas and solutions for converting voice notes into actionable text and insights.  The trigger for organising this challenge and ultimate implementation was from the fact that MyGov has an operational voice helpline - MyGov1800, IVR operated toll-free number, which allows users to call and leave feedback and suggestions for the upcoming Mann Ki Baat. This toll-free number receives ~15,000 calls a month and these notes are critical in determining the content of future interactions by the prime minister, as well as key policy initiatives for the government.  

For more information on our actions, see: Digital India Foundation

FAIR Forward / GIZ

The German Development Cooperation initiative “FAIR Forward – Artificial Intelligence for All” strives for a more open, inclusive and sustainable approach to Artificial Intelligence on an international level. To achieve this, we are working together with five partner countries: Ghana, Rwanda, South Africa, Uganda and India.

We want to remove entry barriers to AI and democratize access to AI Training Data and AI Technologies for Local Innovation. To achieve this, FAIR Forward facilitates the provision of open, non-discriminatory and inclusive local AI training data and open source AI applications.

For more information on our actions, see: FAIR Forward Website

IIIT  Hyderabad

International  Institute of Information Technology, Hyderabad (IIITH) is an autonomous  university, founded as a not-for-profit public private partnership (N-PPP) in  1998, and is the first IIIT in India under this model. Over the years, the  institute has evolved strong research programmes in various areas, with an  emphasis on technology and applied research for industry and society. The  institute facilitates interdisciplinary research and a seamless flow of  knowledge. Several world-renowned centres of excellence are part of IIITH’s  research portfolio. It has established various joint collaboration and  co-innovation models with an industry outreach spanning significant national  and multinational companies.  

For more information on our actions, see: https://www.iiit.ac.in/research/centres/

Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology

“To advance knowledge in science and technology through creating an environment for undertaking relevant research, quality teaching, entrepreneurship training and community engagement to improve the quality of life”  

For more information on our actions, see: KNUST Website

Makarere University

To be the leading institution for academic excellence and innovations in Africa by providing innovative teaching, learning, research and services responsive to National and Global needs.

For more information on our actions, see: Makarere Website

Radiant Earth Foundation

Radiant Earth Foundation is committed to strengthening and empowering a global community that benefits from high-quality and trusted ML and EarthObservation resources. We value, contribute to and uplift a community of practice that uses and shares open AI/ML-ready data.  We encourage and facilitate training data with increased geodiversity, foster ease of access and discovery of data through standards, and advocate for open data commons, such as Radiant MLHub, to address global development challenges.

Formore information on our actions, see: 
Radiant Earth’s website 
Radiant MLHub website

UNESCO

UNESCO advocates for the power of open data in promoting innovation and social good to shape an inclusive and accessible digital environment.

For more information on our actions, see: Unesco Access-Information

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Makerere University

To be the leading institution for academic excellence and innovations in Africa by providing innovative teaching, learning, research and services responsive to National and Global needs.

Makerere University

To be the leading institution for academic excellence and innovations in Africa by providing innovative teaching, learning, research and services responsive to National and Global needs.

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