A Few Words on Open Data
Open data is the idea that some data should be freely available to everyone to use and republish as they wish, without restrictions from copyright, patents or other mechanisms of control.
Open data is data that anyone can access, use and share. Governments, businesses and individuals can use open data to bring about social, economic and environmental benefits.
Why Is Open Data Important?
Open data is important because the world has grown increasingly data-driven. But if there are restrictions on the access and use of data, the idea of data-driven business and governance will not be materialized.
Therefore, open data has its own unique place. It can allow a fuller understanding of the global problems and universal issues. It can give a big boost to businesses. It can be a great impetus for machine learning. It can help fight global problems such as disease or crime or famine. Open data can empower citizens and hence can strengthen democracy. It can streamline the processes and systems that the society and governments have built. It can help transform the way we understand and engage with the world.
Following the official launch of ZivaHub on 24 October, UCT Libraries is the first academic library in the country to have a fully functioning open-access institutional data repository (IDR) available to its research community. Read News article here.
Open Data UCT, powered by Figshare for Institutions, is available to all students and staff at UCT. This new service is an online repository, providing access to the supplementary research data that inform scholarly outputs hosted on other platforms, such as OpenUCT.
Welcome to our Open Data Portal
Our Open Data portal gives researchers access to high-quality disaggregated data (microdata) from African countries. Register on our site to find and download data.
Please remember to cite each data source used in your research. Citations for each dataset are available under “Data Access” in the study information. Citation information can also be accessed at https://www.datafirst.uct.ac.za/services/citations Or contact our helpdesk email@example.com for help with citing data.