[okfn-za] Open data in South Africa?

Jonathan Gray jonathan.gray at okfn.org
Mon Jul 11 15:16:36 UTC 2011

On Mon, Jul 11, 2011 at 2:16 PM, Justin Arenstein
<justinarenstein at gmail.com> wrote:
> The central mail list is a good idea. I'm flying up to Johannesburg /
> Pretoria later this week for a series of quick meetings with potential
> stakeholders, including possible government champions to drive the
> initiative from within the civil service. As I get commitments / expressions
> of interest, I'll get people to sign up.

Excellent - please do!

> I've had good success over the past week pulling in key civil society
> thought-leaders & data custodians. On the advice of Kaushal Jhalla, @ the
> World Bank's data team, we're also exploring the possibility of a fast-track
> city-level, or provincial proof-of-concept pilot in South Africa. The
> political & regulatory landscape is slightly more contested when it comes to
> access to info issues down here.

Brilliant - very exciting.

> It would be great, however, if you could like us with whoever else you know
> is working on open data in South Africa. Pooling resources and efforts is
> always more efficient.

We definitely will. :-)

Jonathan Gray

Community Coordinator
The Open Knowledge Foundation


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