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Kenya recently launched Sub-Saharan Africa’s first Open Data Initiative, and is one of a series of firsts for the East African country this year, which has included the launch of Africa’s first mobile apps lab back in June.
The Kenya Open Data Initiative (KODI) was launched at a high profile event in Nairobi yesterday, with Kenya’s President Mwai Kibaki present as well as politicians, government officials and IT professionals. It was launched in partnership with organizations such as The World Bank, Ushahidi and the iHub.
The initiative aims to make core government development, demographic, statistical and expenditure data available in a useful digital format for anyone to access.
Currently there are over 160 datasets on the platform and already there have been some interesting applications of the datasets by a number of organizations.
Kenya-based blogger, White African, reported that the Ushahidi team has used some of the initiative’s census and healthcare data to map information on its newly launchedHuduma site. Click on this graphical representation to see the mapped data.
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