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Sometimes we truly take the data that comes through to us individually as just another piece of information or news, our whatever you might want to categorize it especially in this day and age when they come in various varieties, volume and speed, It takes a lot to try to understand what it means to us in what we do individually, be you a mechanic, a tailor or an intellectual. The corporates do know what it means, in an era that Data is everything, from getting people to visit your fashion boutique to attending your new school etc, these data however we reflect on them, one thing is clear, the need to have Open Data that our communities can harness and correlate in their own way for the betterment of their communities is essential.
When we look at Internet Governance in relation to Access, privacy etc, Open data comes into play, however we we try to play it, the community good should be at the forefront as in the end they need it for their municipalities,and especially for local public service leaders to be held more accountability, no matter their literacy level.
As I listened to the different speakers speak at the rebooting Open Data Africa session in Addis Ababa today, one clear thing came to my thoughts the focus has to be on the communities, whether they are in Timbuktu, Soweto, Alaska, Cambodia, Laos, Kosovo etc, we within the know whether as Civil Society, Governments, businesses, have to make data open and accessible to communities that need them to improve their socio economic goals and aspirations.
Communities are what made the world thick and grow, the values they share maybe differ from region to region, but socio economic growth today more than ever before depends on how Data reaches the common man in this digital age, that's why our communities at grassroots matters.
The World Wide Web Foundation kudos to them and partners for bringing this to the forefront again, Yes emphasis might be on Africa today, but in our own little ways we all have to Reboot Open Data, starting with the communities and constituencies we serve. This is key and should be community centric as a start, above all it creates a better harmonization and creation of relevant content to suit the communities we live in, no matter what category we place them.