“What is the use of open data that makes it relevant for everyone?” This candid question was raised at the East Africa Open Data Fest held in Nairobi in August. People from a range of backgrounds and organizations were asked to assess the International Open Data Charter and exchange views on how to strengthen open data policies in Africa by sharing experiences about what has or has not been working in the region.
Some great questions were raised about the meaning of open data: How do you say open data in your local language? How would you explain open data to your grandmother? Does open data have any relevance to the daily bread and butter issues that African citizens face?