The Kenya Open Data is a portal that makes public Government datasets accessible for free to the public in easy reusable formats. This initiative is in support of the Government’s drive to consistently inform and be accountable to its citizens. In addition, the information shared by one Government office is also vital to other government stakeholders in planning and implementation of their programmes.
County Governments and Ministries, Departments and Agencies of the Central Government are encouraged to provide their developmental, demographic, statistical and expenditure data, which can then be availed in a useful digital format to various stakeholders and the general public.
Kenya Open Data Fellows Programme
To help national and county institutions to open up and share their datasets, Kenya Open Data is placing data fellows, experienced in data mining and presentation, in these institutions. The Open Data Fellows Programme has had three rounds so far, with Fellows placed in 20 government offices. Some of these government institutions include the Office of the Auditor General, Agriculture and Food Authority, Kenya Forest Service, Posta Kenya, and State Department for Housing and Urban Development. In the counties, the Fellows have been placed in the Kiambu, Kisumu, Nakuru and Embu County Governments, and the Thika Water and Sewerage Company.