How open is Open Government Data? An examination of Open Government Data in developing countries using an example of the Kenya Open Data Initiative.
This research focuses on the implementation and the impact of Open Government Data (OGD) in developing countries using Kenya as an example. Currently, 41 countries worldwide have launched Open Government Data portals, including two African countries as more governments continue to open up their data. These platforms are expected to be the foundation for improving transparency and accountability, to spur innovation and generate economic and social value, encourage participatory governance and data-driven decision making. In July 2011, Kenya joined Morocco to become the second country in Africa to develop and implement an Open Government Data Initiative. To date, it has released over 400 datasets from government ministries online for use, re-use and re-distribution. To achieve the objectives of OGD, open data must be accessible, complete, primary, timely and licence-free. To anchor the central question of this research a mix of methodology using interviews and questionnaire and supported by a theoretical background will be employed. In addition, this research will be guided by the following questions:
1. What are the drivers behind the Kenya Open Data Initiative? (Technological, legal and regulatory, financial and organizational)
2. How open is open government data with regards to its structure?
3. Is it enough to publish government data online even in countries with limited information and communication infrastructure as well as a gap in digital literacy?
4. Who are the users of OGD, how and why do they use OGD?
5. Is opening up government data directly linked to improved government transparency, a more engaged citizenry and an increase in social and commercial gains?
Frau Chirchir ist Mitglied der Forschungsgruppe Kommunalpolitik mit dem Forschungschwerpunkt E-Governance und wird von Prof. Dr. Norbert Kersting betreut.
2013 PhD at the Graduate School of Politics, WWU Münster / Scholarship awarded by the DAAD 2012-2013 Communications consultant for the World Bank Group’s Health in Africa Initiative, Nairobi/Kenya 2001-2013 Communications consultant for KPMG (International Development Advisory Services) - Africa Enterprise Challenge Fund, Nairobi/Kenya 2012-2013 Communications consultant for Givewatts, Nairobi/Kenya 2011 Information Assistant at the United Nations Convention to Combat Desertification, Bonn/Germany 2009-2011 M.A in International Media Studies at the Fachhochschule Bonn-Rhein-Sieg/Deutsche Welle Akademie Bonn, Germany 2009 Coordinator, Filamujuani Trust. Nairobi/Kenya 2009 German language teacher, Aga Khan Academy, Nairobi/Kenya 2004-2008 Bachelor of Education (German and Special Education), Kenyatta University, Nairobi/Kenya 1999-2002 Pangani Girls High School, Nairobi/Kenya