Linet Kwamboka: ‘Citizens need open data to make decisions for better livelihoods’

With the 2015 Open Data Awards just around the corner, we catch up with Kenya Open data initiative coordinator Linet Kwamboka, a finalist for the Open Data Individual Champion Award.

The Open Data Awards celebrate innovation and excellence in open data across the world. Hundreds of inspiring people and organisations have been nominated across five categories, from social impact to publishing.

The awards will be held on July 9 at Bloomberg’s London offices on Finsbury Square. Explore all nominees and finalists and follow #ODIAwards for updates on the night.

Linet Kwamboka

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Hi Linet! How are you doing?

Hey, I am doing very well thanks!

What do you, or your organisation, do in a nutshell?

I am the Founder and CEO of DataScience LTD, a software engineering company focused on innovating data for analytics and research for better decision making, resource allocation and profit making. I am also the project coordinator for the Kenya Open data initiative, a government initiative that is focused in making data publicly and freely accessible.

What first got you excited about open data?

The simple reason that governments and organisations make public information that is vital for development and information that helps businesses and citizens make critical decisions for better livelihoods, resource allocation and business processes.

What are your biggest data challenges?

Access to business process information and information that is not in accessible and useable formats.

What kind of open data would you like to see more of?

Open data about business processes, government regulations and consumption and production data from manufacturing.

How do you feel about being nominated for an open data award?

It is a great honour to be recognised in this category and, for me, this is a great opportunity to showcase the amazing work that we do. This nomination keeps telling me that no matter what, time and chance are given to us all.

The Open Data Awards will be held on July 9 in partnership with Bloomberg at Bloomberg’s London offices on Finsbury Square.

Explore all nominees and finalists and follow #ODIAwards for updates on the night.

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