What open data tools currently exist?

Intact Innovation Briefs

Here is a list of the Innovation Briefs that have been created to highlight and explore various civic technology and open data projects from around the world:

There are a great number of civic technology and open data projects around the world, and a number of projects within Africa. Some of these are listed below.

Selected Local Civic Technology Tools

Tool

Description

Who manages?

Tags

Municipal Money

An initiative of the National Treasury, which has collected extensive municipal financial data over several years and would like to share this information with the public. The aim is to make this data widely available in order to increase transparency, strengthen civic oversight and promote accountability.

National Treasury and OpenUp (formerly Code for South Africa).

Open information for citizens to engage with; Government delivery tracking

Vulekamali

Publishes easily accessible national government budget data in a user-friendly format, to enable more effective information sharing, analyses and research, making government budget data and processes accessible to all citizens & interested parties.

National Treasury, IMALI YETHU

Open information for citizens to engage with; Government delivery tracking

Wazimap

Provides data from National levels down to ward level in a user friendly and easy to understand format. Explore and use the StatsSA Census 2011 data, the 2016 community survey data, and other key demographic data.

Media Monitoring Africa, OpenUP

Open information for citizens to engage with

South African Cities Open Data Almanac (SCODA)

City-centric data portal that aims to support the planning, management, monitoring, and reporting needs of cities. Provides in-depth insight into South Africa cities’ context and data.

South African Cities Network (SACN), Open Data Durban

Data analytics for government; Policy analysis and creation

SALGA Barometer

Web-based portal established to collect, re-package and disseminate local level data on service delivery and other performance indicators for municipalities. It was developed to provide easy access to municipal level data for both specialist and non-specialist audiences.

SALGA

Policy analysis and creation; Data analytics for goverment; Government delivery tracking.

OpenByLaws

Access, explore and use bylaws in Johannesburg, Cape Town or Durban.

Greg Kempe, OpenUp

Open information for citizens to engage with

Planning4Informality

Policy tracker and data insights into Informal Settlement Upgrading for 8 different metros, includes strategy, current status and insight stories.

Isandla Institute, Open Data Durban

Policy analysis and creation

Local Government Community Based Monitoring example - The Black Sash project

A project that was implemented by civil society organisations, (CSOs) based within communities, who were the drivers of monitoring and advocacy in their own contexts. On the ground information was collected mainly regarding service delivery. Monitoring was conducted by dedicated community volunteers. Information was analysed and presented back to government departments.

Black Sash, Social Change Assistance Trust

Citizen reporting/citizen monitoring

Durban Answers

Citizen-focused website that is question-driven, with clean, easy-to-navigate design. Makes accessing government/city information more user friendly. Driven by focused user engagement strategy.

Open Data Durban

Open information for citizens to engage with

Speak Up Mzansi/ People’s Assembly

Speak Up Mzansi is an interactive web platform connecting citizens and their elected leaders. The main features of the platform include a discussion space for promoting open and honest dialogue around political and government promises made by South Africa's leading political parties. People’s Assembly website aims to promote accountability and bridge the gap between ordinary people and their elected representatives. The People’s Assembly website allows better scrutiny of our elected representatives. RepLocator allows you to find out who your representative is, where your nearest constituency office is located and provide feedback on whether your constituency office is working well.

Participative planning; Government delivery tracking

Medicine Price Registry

Know what to expect to pay when you get a prescription from your doctor Find possible generics for a branded medicine. Ask your doctor if these medicines are viable alternatives. Ensure that you are not being overcharged for your medicine.

OpenUp

Open information for citizens to engage with

Grassroot

Tool for community mobilisation. Takes user through process of starting an issue, meeting with fellow community members, vote on issues and make call to actions.

Grassroot

Citizen reporting/citizen monitoring; Participative planning

Open Gazettes

Explore the biggest free and open collection of government gazettes.

OpenUp, the Southern African Legal Information Institute, Indigo Trust and the African Networks of Centers for Investigative Reporting (ANCIR),

Open information for citizens to engage with;

Trace

explore South African corporate data and topics such as ownership of companies and tender awards

OpenUp

Open information for citizens to engage with;

Living Wage

Lets users calculate how much the wages of a domestic worker, and highlights the challenges of making a living wage as a domestic worker in South Africa.

OpenUp

Open information for citizens to engage with

Get in touch with Intact Team if you would like a project added to the list.

Selected International Civic Technology Tools

Tool

Description

Who manages?

Tags

Open Data Handbook

Guides, case studies and resources for government & civil society on the "what, why & how" of open data

Open Knowledge International

Policy analysis and creation; Open information for citizens to engage with

Open Government Research Exchange

A platform for sharing research on innovation and findings on innovating governance.

GovLab in collaboration with the World Bank Digital Engagement Evaluation Team and mySociety

Policy analysis and creation; Open information for citizens to engage with

Open Data Barometer

The Open Data Barometer (ODB) aims to uncover the true prevalence and impact of open data initiatives around the world. It analyses global trends, and provides comparative data on countries and regions using an in-depth methodology that combines contextual data, technical assessments and secondary indicators.

Web Foundation

Open Data Progress and Impact Measurement

Open Data Portals: CKAN

CKAN is an open-source DMS (data management system) template for powering data hubs and data portals. CKAN makes it easy to publish, share and use data.

CKAN Association, formal institutional home at the Open Knowledge Foundation but is autonomous and has its own independent governance

Open information for citizens to engage with

Open Data Portals: Socrata

A mission-driven software company that helps governments and public sector institutions use data more strategically in the design and delivery of their programs and missions. Makes existing government data discoverable, usable, and actionable for government workers and the people they serve. Socrata provides a data-as-a-service data platform and cloud applications exclusively for city, county, state, and federal government organizations.

Socrata and Tyler Technologies

Open information for citizens to engage with

Open GIS: CartoDB

Open source tool that allows for the storage and visualization of geospatial data on the web.

CartoDB

Open information for citizens to engage with

FixMyCommunity

Lets citizens instantly report to the local governments problems they see, like potholes, graffiti, or broken streetlamps.

FixMyStreet from MySociety

Citizen monitoring/citizen reporting

WhatWorksCities

A national initiative to help 100 mid-sized American cities enhance their use of data and evidence to improve services, inform local decision-making and engage residents.

Bloomberg Philanthropies

Data analytics for government; Participatory planning; Policy analysis and creation

School of Data Courses

Platform for online and offline data literacy courses and data skills development.

School of Data

Open information for citizens to engage with

The Responsible Data Handbook

First attempt to understand what responsible data means in the context of international development programming.

The Engine Room and Responsible Data

Open information for citizens to engage with, Policy analysis and creation

Global Open Data Index and Local Open Data Census

Annual global benchmark for publication of open government data. Provides the most comprehensive snapshot available of the state of open government data publication.

Open Knowledge International

Open information for citizens to engage with

Open Data Charter Measurement Guide

The Measurement Guide helps governments, civil society, and researchers to understand how to assess open data activities based on the Open Data Charter (the ‘Charter’) principles. It seeks to shed light on the often opaque and jargon-filled world of open data measurement. The Measurement Guide is an analysis of the Charter principles and how they are assessed based on current open government data measurement tools – with a focus on commitments that can be measured, commitments that cannot be measured, and existing gaps (e.g. commitments that have not been measured).

Open Data Charter, Open Knowledge International, Web Foundation

Policy analysis and creation, Open Data Progress and Impact Measurement

Open Data Lab Jakarta Resources

How-to Guides, Lessons Learned Papers, Research Notes, Manuals and Trainings, and other resources from Open Data Lab Jakarta

Web Foundation's Open Data Labs

Open Data Resources

Open Budgets

Platform is designed for public administrations, citizens, NGOs, media organisations, public service companies, and stakeholders working with fiscal data. The key challenge is to provide a scalable platform that is easy-to-use, flexible, and attractive for all these different types of users.

EU Horizon 2020 funded

Open information for citizens to engage with; Policy analysis and creation; Data analytics for government; Government delivery tracking

Open Spending

Free, open and global platform to search, visualise and analyse fiscal data in the public sphere.

Open Knowledge International

Open information for citizens to engage with; Policy analysis and creation; Data analytics for government; Government delivery tracking

Open Trials

A platform for all publicly accessible data and documents, on all trials conducted, on all medicines and other treatments, globally

Open Knowledge International

Open information for citizens to engage with; Policy analysis and creation

Get in touch with Intact Team if you would like a project added to the list.