NITA-U, Uganda’s national ICT authority, announced plans to enable a cloud server in the country as the center point for storing all government data. The Government sees this as the first step towards opening up its data to citizens. Hopefully Uganda’s “move to the cloud” will lead to similar results as Kenya’s openData initiative, and encourage users to push the limits of what the data can and tell us.
The Sahel Food Crisis dashboard is a new collaborative data and map sharing initiative to bring together organizations focused on the mounting food crisis in western Africa. With the interactive dashboard, users can mashup various data (such as malnutrition rates, food security conditions, or population density) to get a better understanding of the crisis. More on the dashboard, the data, and underlying TileMill technology can be found at the PBS Idea Lab.