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CRVS Microdata from Statistics South Africa

StatsSA maintains a number of interactive data applications, including a Nesstar deployment which contains CRVS microdata

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Lao Decide – Open Data Portal

A great government portal containing, inter alia,  disaggregated population and agriculture census data built on open source software. Supported by Swiss Development Agency.


External Review Report



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Ghana’s e-government public-private partnership and the value of long-term strategies | ppps

In April 2010, the Government of Ghana signed a public-private partnership (PPP) contract to reengineer business registration processes, deploy state-of-the-art application software and hardware, and employ best-in-class solutions for the Ghana Revenue Authority and the Registrar General’s Office. This was part of a broader program to achieve greater efficiency, transparency, and effectiveness in the delivery of selected government services using information and communications technology (ICT).


The PPP was structured on a design, finance, build, operate, and transfer model. The government supported the project through resources from a World Bank-financed “eGhana Project,” contributing about one-third of the $60 million project costs; the private sector contributed the remainder. The agreement was for the private sector to build and manage the e-tax and electronic business registration platform until their investment costs were recovered—within five and not exceeding seven years from the effective date of the contract. At the end of the operations period, the system would be turned over to designated government organizations for continuing operation.

Ghana’s e-government public-private partnership and the value of long-term strategies | ppps.

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WHO / UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme for Water Supply and Sanitation

The JMP strategy was formulated by WHO and UNICEF, with support from a newly createdStrategic Advisory Group to better position the JMP to address the monitoring challenges in the run up to the MDG target year of 2015 and beyond.

The JMP vision contained in this strategy is to accelerate progress towards universal sustainable access to safe water and basic sanitation by 2025, including the achievement of the MDG target by 2015 as a key milestone. The mission of the JMP is to be the trusted source of global, regional and national data on sustainable access to safe drinking-water and basic sanitation, for use by governments, donors, international organizations and civil society.

WHO / UNICEF Joint Monitoring Programme: tables.

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DataCite – What do we do?

We bring together the datasets community to collaboratively address the challenges of making research data visible and accessible. Members of DataCite meet in person every six months at summer and winter conferences, and collaborate in established working groups.

Through collaboration, we:

  • support researchers by helping them to find, identify, and cite research datasets with confidence
  • support data centres by providing persistent identifiers for datasets, workflows and standards for data publication
  • support journal publishers by enabling research articles to be linked to the underlying data

Currently we are working primarily with organisations that host data, such as data centres and libraries.

Assigning persistent identifiers to datasets

By working with data centres to assign persistent identifiers to datasets, we are developing an infrastructure that supports simple and effective methods of data citation, discovery, and access. Citable datasets become legitimate contributions to scholarly communication, paving the way for new metrics and publication models that recognise and reward data sharing.

Initially we are leveraging the Digital Object Identifier (DOI) infrastructure, which is well-established and already widely used for identifying research articles. We take an open approach, however, and consider other identifier systems and services that help forward our objectives. All DataCite DOIs resolve to a public landing page that contains information about the associated dataset and a direct link to the dataset itself.

What do we do? | DataCite.

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Land Conflict Mapping Tool

The Land Conflict Mapping Tool (LCMT) is a project undertaken by Human Rights Focus, an NGO based in Gulu, northern Uganda with funding and support from the United Nations Peacebuilding Programme in Acholiland, and in particular the UN Resident Coordinator’s Office, The United Nations Development Programme and the World Food Programme.

Through developing a tool to monitor and map land disputes throughout Acholi, the purpose of this project is to obtain and analyse data that enhance understanding of land disputes, and through this to inform policy, advocacy, and other relevant interventions on land rights, security, and access in the sub-region.



Kitgum District

10 subcounties, 55 parishes and 442 villages.

Parish level questionnaires - 44
Village level questionnaires - 673
Land conflict records - 204

Subcounties in Kitgum District

Kitgum Matidi  Kitgum Tc  Labongo Akwang  Labongo Amida  Labongo Layamo  Lagoro  Mucwini  Namokora  Omiya Anyima  Orom

HURIFO Land Conflict Mapping Tool – About Us.

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Uganda adopts GIS-based addressing system

Digital mapping services and solutions provider, mapIT has announced the launch of the National Postcode & Addressing System, the Entebbe Pilot Project for Uganda. Joining hands with SatNav East Africa in May 2012, Uganda’s pioneer in GPS technology, the company has been working on the pilot project of the Entebbe SatCodes solution.

The project involved the digitalisation of Entebbe Maps for the implementation of the national postcode and addressing system.  This includes the GIS solution with five layers; the implementation of a National Property Identifier using SatCodes to provide address codes for “turn-by-turn” navigation; the placement of address placards on all houses in Entebbe as well as a marketing campaign to demonstrate and educate service providers on the benefits.

The National Postcode & Addressing System provides detailed and dynamic addressing information to support the operations of a wide range of users such as Posta Uganda, Entebbe Municipal Council, utility companies and other related service providers.

Geospatial World, 21 January 2013

Uganda adopts GIS-based addressing system.

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Modernisation of land administration services in Uganda

The Land Information System will replace the current manual system of land allocation, deed plan preparation and land registration. The LIS will:

  • Provide a set of technical processes and procedures for the registration of rights and interests in real estate units in Uganda by supporting the MLHUD business workflows in its main fields of intervention (First Registration – Freehold/Leasehold, survey preparation, leasehold to Freehold Conversion, extension of Lease/Sublease, subsequent registration, request for copy of Deed Plan, certificate of customary ownership or certificate of occupancy…)
  • Simplify and automate the procedures for land and real estate transactions
  • Be the sole electronic source of land and real estate for mailo, freehold, leasehold and customary rights and interests held under a unified registry for the 6 pilot districts until early 2013 and thereafter for the whole country
  • Provide specific system administration tools to manage users, perform workflow management, security audits, system configuration and the configuration of charts of accounts and fee schedules
  • Support the generation of ground rent demands;
  • Support parcel creation from JRJs using standard cadastral editing tools and the ability to generate deed plans according to predefined template
  • Generate reports on staff productivity, registry content, and financial information on revenue for services provided by the DLOs
  • Generate standardized query and notification letters as well as other reports
  • Provide a public access module that allows general enquiries by the public within the DLO customer service areas
  • Support decentralized business workflows in the 6 pilot DLOs
  • Support the functions of a national land administration body called the National Land Information Centre.

What is the Land Information System?.

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Thunderclap: the power (or death) of crowds

Am I an out of touch, grumpy luddite or is Thunderclap a potentially lethal synthesis between chain letters, email spam and Avaaz-style civic engagement (“Clicking a button shows I care.” Really?)

Crowd-sourcing – creating harmony between individual voices – is looking to be killed by technology before it reaches adolescence, let alone maturity.

It’s worth taking a twenty minute time-out to watch Jay Naidoo’s challenges to the Making All Voices Count event in Joburg earlier this month.

“No country in the world is run by Facebook or Twitter. Don’t fool yourself that social media is going to create the revolution of social values that we need. It’s actually going down to the people and explaining to them what their rights are, equipping them with the right tools and making sure they fight their own battles.”

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Fact-checking Africa

Africa Check is a non-profit information service which promotes accuracy in public debate. It tests claims made by public figures around the continent, starting in South Africa, using journalistic skills and evidence drawn from the latest online tools, readers, public sources and experts, sorting out fact from fiction. The site contains well-considered research findings on a range of claims, a blog discussing the provenance and accuracy of data and an excellent core of guidance for fact-checkers.

Recent work includes reviews of the South African president’s State of the Nation address and the South African budget.


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