To date the open data landscape has been largely defined by app competitions and hackathons, and while these things are good for the ecosystem, they cannot sustain it alone. This is precisely why I think we need to start thinking more aggressively about how government data could give rise to new service delivery models and how citizens can use this data to make better decisions.
We have the skill-set and talent in Kenya to create these applications, but what we lack is the data. For instance, Kenyan Contestant Athman Ali won the Apps for Development Award for his app FactCha.
My point is that we should be using using quantitative methods (analytics) to derive insights from data, and then drawing on those insights to shape business decisions and ultimately, improve business performance. Thus open data, predictive analytics and visualizations is emerging as a game-changer in business world. Instead of looking backward to analyze “what happened?” predictive analytics helps management answer:
- What is next?
- What should we do about it?
In the mean time, what are we doing to be the game changers in this economy and country? For a start we can take a look at Gap Minder.
Below are some useful links: