ODI Podcast: Open data stories from Argentina and Kenya

From public sector reform to building an initiative from the ground up, open data leaders from Argentina and Kenya share what’s worked for their programmes, what hasn’t and how we can improve equality of opportunity in data and tech

Ahead of Open Data Day, Linet Kwamboka and Sandra Elena share stories from their experiences running open data initiatives in different contexts.

Linet Kwamboka is coordinator of Kenya’s Open Data Initiative.

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With a background in computer science and software engineering, Linet’s ‘impressive amounts of geekiness’ took her from consulting for the World Bank to coordinating Kenya’s national open data initiative.

In promoting open data in government, here Linet shares how important dataviz and blogging have been to proving it isn’t ‘just about transparency’, and how policy and community engagement are as important as technology.

 

Sandra Elena is coordinator of the Open Justice Programme at Argentina’s Ministry of Justice and Human Rights.

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Struggling to find the data she needed for research led Sandra to become an advocate of open data, focusing on the justice sector.

Here Sandra shares how she encourages justice institutions to publish open data, one strategy being to feature it on a participatory platform for key stakeholders – from businesses to community groups – to help define justice priorities.

 

In the second part of the podcast, Linet and Sandra discuss equality of opportunity in the tech sectors of Argentina and Kenya and how it can be improved, along with their experiences as women in data and visions for the future.


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This podcast was presented by Anna Scott and produced by Freya Hellier.

It follows a Friday lunchtime lecture that Linet and Sandra gave on achieving sustainable development data.

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