[OSGeo Africa] Fwd: [SDI-Africa] AfDB launches Open Data Platforms for 20 African countries

Gavin Fleming gavinjfleming at gmail.com
Tue Apr 2 23:11:24 PDT 2013

interesting open data interface for SA 
http://southafrica.opendataforafrica.org/ and some other African countries

Africa’s Information Highway - The AfDB launches Open Data Platforms 
for 20 African countries
The African Development Bank (AfDB) has launched Open Data Platforms for 
the following 20 African countries: Algeria, Cameroon, Cape Verde, 
Democratic Republic of Congo, Ethiopia, Malawi, Morocco, Mozambique, 
Namibia, Nigeria, Ghana, Rwanda, Republic of Congo, Senegal, South 
Africa, South Sudan, Tanzania, Tunisia, Zambia and Zimbabwe. The Open 
Data Platform program is part of the AfDB’s recently launched 
“Africa Information Highway” initiative aimed at significantly 
improving data management and dissemination in Africa. Work is on course 
to complete platforms for the rest of African countries by July 2013.

The Open Data Platform is a user-friendly tool for extracting data, 
creating and sharing own customized reports, and visualizing data across 
themes, sectors and countries in tables, charts and maps. Through the 
Open Data Platform, users can access a wide range of development data on 
African countries from multiple international and national official 
sources. The platform also facilitates the collection, analysis and 
sharing of data among countries and with international development 
partners. The platform offers a unique opportunity for various users, 
such as policymakers, analysts, researchers, business leaders and 
investors around the world, to gain access to reliable and timely data 
on Africa. Users can visualize time series development indicators over a 
period of time, perform comprehensive analysis at country and regional 
levels, utilize presentation-ready graphics or create their own, blog, 
and share their views and work with others, thereby creating an informed 
community of users.

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