ISOOKO project kick-off meeting happened in Kigali-Rwanda. ISOOKO will be a community platform for building peace through information-driven dialogue. ISOOKO partners met to discuss on the implementation of the project.

On the project objectives, there was a shared understanding of the project goals and how those can be scoped out with relation to work packages and the methodologies employed within them. The discussions were about knowing if the objective was to test a hypothesis, to replicate a specific case study or to prototype a certain technology. With an aim know what the design of this project might look like.

Another important point of discussion was the ISOOKO “user scenario”. Through a group sessions, participants drafted a certain hypothesis in which the ISOOKO project can be tested in. The groups then came up with series of potential user scenarios indication of the foreseen objectives, and possibilities for impact measurement.

The meeting also discussed the methodologies in relation to the user/community engagement and defined requirements; It discussed how the whole process will look like and how the methodologies align with the software development pipeline. This discussion defined the kind of people to involve, the reason why, and the time when to involve them. This session was preparatory to the upcoming workshop in The Hague, which should have a more formalised methodology as its outcome, as well as a “Train the Trainers” modality.

Ushahidi presented its platforms that helps in building communication technology to empower people to raise their voices while delivering tools to help organisations better listen and how it has been used in the past by different communities around the world.

The gathering was an opportunity for all the partners to understand the 7 work packages of the project, and the responsibilities of the each partner.

The overall discussion led to common understanding that analytics data from technology and survey data from methodology are to be expected. ISOOKO partners also expressed the need to specify which data are needed to be collected. They also asked to explore how to connect the two cases, their difference and commonalities and the issue that revolves around dependent and independent variables. This would be done by testing the platform and using other methodologies around processes and contexts.

The kick-off meeting was organised by the ISOOKO project lead partner, King’s College London in the UK and participated by partners including: Aegis Trust Rwanda (an International NGO), Ushahidi (an SME from Kenya), Kigali Collaborative Research Centre (Rwanda), Makerere University (Uganda), Universiteit Leiden (Netherlands) and Dot Soft (an SME from Greece).

About ISOOKO

ISOOKO is an EU-funded international collaboration that will pilots and evaluates a participatory platform that allows communities to engage interactively with digital content and data and unlock’ the value of information by organizing, enhancing, discussing and adding to it, for example by ‘community-sourcing’ metadata or intangible community knowledge.

The aim of ISOOKO is to provide a digital space for information-driven processes of reflection and informed, constructive dialogue to support peace education and reconciliation in societies emerging from conflict, engage the public with primary archival sources and familiarizing them with concepts of evidence, authenticity, and critical thinking.

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