FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS
Q: We are a research unit of an institute or company with commercial interests. Can we participate in the challenge?
A: Yes, as long as the data are not used for commercial purposes, as evidenced by your project proposal, you can participate in the challenge.
Q: There are multiple fields in the application, such as “What is your story,” “Comments”, “Presentation” etc. What is expected there?
A: The purpose of the project application is to judge whether the proposed project can be useful to refugees (in whichever way), and to ensure it is not commercially motivated. Please provide as much detail as you see fit. The main description is the most important, the other fields are for your use if there is anything special you need to include or draw attention to.
Q: Can I get more information about the nature of the data?
Q: Can I participate as an individual, not connected to an institution?
A: Individuals (scientists) connected to institutions can be project leaders. You can participate in a team if you are not working in an institution. Your name and signature needs to be on the data agreement.
Q: Can we use external data?
A: Most definitely. The CDR data by itself can tell very little. When combined with other data sources, it becomes very useful.
Q: Will the database contain customer’s base station tracked locations, in addition to call locations?
A: No. Only the base stations for call and SMS usage are included. Even these are sometimes noisy, as busy base stations will hand off calls to nearby stations.
Q: Is it possible to know the positions of POIs such as hospitals, malls, and schools?
A: Yes, external data can be used for this purpose. Since the coordinates of base stations are provided, they can be used to infer usage of POIs.
Q: Can we publish the results of our research in academic venues?
A: Yes. The project reports will be made publicly available, after the check by the Project Evaluation Committee. If you’d like to publish anything else based on the data, for instance in conferences and journals, it has to properly reference the dataset, and it has to be approved by the PEC. The criterion for approval is simple; the publication should not contain material that may be harmful to the refugees in any way. PEC can request amendments before publication. We will make sure that the approval (and amendment requests, if any) will be handled rapidly.
Q: Will you make demographic information about the customers in the dataset available?
A: This is not certain at this point. We are trying to gather some Bandicoot indicators. In any case, even if they will made available, it will be in an aggregate way. We advise using other sources for getting insight into demographics of individual regions.
Q: What happens when I choose multiple categories for my project?
A: Its contribution will be assessed for multiple award categories.
Q: What are the monetary rewards?
A: The top projects in each category will be awarded a prize of 10.000 TL. The projects will be announced on the project website. Winning teams will be expected to present their work at the project workshop, which is planned for October 2018. Please check the website to keep updated about this event.
Q: Where can I access D4R Calendar?
A: The D4R Challenge schedule can be accessed via the following link from the Calendar tab under Presentation Title or via direct link d4r.turktelekom.com.tr/presentation/calendar