How are individuals and organizations taking advantage of the data that governments are publishing? This is part of a series looking at how data are being used for social good. Last time we covered Nigeria’s Follow the Money Initiative
, this time we’re heading to East Africa.
In Kenya, Data Science, LTD (www.datascience.co.ke
) is a data analysis and research company providing services to government, local organizations, and businesses. The company seeks to promote greater understanding and use of available data to gain insights for better planning, resource allocation, and entrepreneurship. This blog post is based on a recent Google Hangout discussion
with Data Science, LTD founder Linet Kwamboka.
So what is it like being a data analysis company in Kenya, and what can others learn from Linet’s experience?Open data roots
Linet worked on the World Bank supported opendata.go.ke
as a project manager in the lead up to the initiative's launch in 2011. The company works with clients seeking to utilize data to make better decisions. They include private companies involved in marketing, jobs, retail, and consumer products. With government and civil society clients, the focus is to improve decision-making that lead to better public services and advocacy efforts.Overcoming gaps in data
Linet has learned that the tasks of sourcing, analyzing, and transforming data into more readily consumed and actionable forms can take a significant amount of effort and time. In many situations, the data simply do not exist or are out of date.