By Amy West | July 21, 2011
Recently Kenya launched Kenya Open Data, a portal to national and sub-national data by and/or about the nation of Kenya. The site runs on a tool called Socrata boasts a host of really nice features including:
- rss for catalog & new visualizations
- rss for specific datasets row-by-row
- links to the source data in visualization screens (link applies to items below was well)
- widgets for embedding on websites
- sort/hide columns; aggregation/disaggregation on data views
- sharing of specific views via social media & email
- a sign in option for data uploads
Access is freely available with a request for attribution according to the Terms and Conditions.
The US site, http://www.data.gov also runs on Socrata. What’s interesting to me is how few of the Socrata features are used on Data.gov as opposed to Kenya Open Data. Kenya’s implementation is really impressive.
I look forward to using this resource and am very glad that it’s makes so much data, especially sub-national data, readily available to me here in the middle of the US!