Exploring the Kenya Open Data Portal

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From the open.michigan blog:

To date our international partnerships such as the African Health OER Network have focused mainly on openly licensed teaching materials. In general, Open.Michigan strives to partner with and in some cases build upon other open health initiatives. These could include openly licensed academic journals, open source software (such as for content development, electronic medical records), open standards for equipment or software, or open data (from surveys or evaluations, auto-generated from software platforms).

In July 2011, Kenya made headlines as the first African country to release national government datasets without any restrictions on use or access. The fanfare around the launch has already inspired Open Gov Tanzania and now South Africa, Ghana, and Liberia are also making country commitments for the Open Government Partnership.

So what’s all the excitement about? With the launch of its open data portal, the Kenyan government shared over 160 government data sets (now up to 390 as of November 2011) from recent census data from the Kenya National Bureau of Statistics as well as government expenditures. The governing agency the Kenya ICT Board explains the motivation for the portal, “Public information from all countries and international institutions is part of the common heritage of humanity. Maximizing access to this information promotes human knowledge, welfare and progress.” If you’re interested in learning more about the political and policy process that lead to the Kenya Open Data portal, refer to the Open Development Technology Alliance at the World Bank 45 page case study released last month, which explores the driving factors, objectives, and evolution of the initiative.

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