About Open Data Portal
Tanzania is a member of the Open Government Partnership Initiative (OGP) since September 2011. The country’s intention to join OGP is to make Government business more open to its citizens in the interest of improving public service delivery, Government responsiveness, combating corruption and building greater trust.
Through the Country OGP Action Plan 2012 -2013 and the OGP Action Plan II 2014 – 2016, the Government has committed itself to promote increased access to information about Government operations and publish data on the prioritized sectors of Health, Education and Water. The Government of Tanzania has made specific commitments under its Open Government agenda and its Big Results Now (BRN) initiative that can help drive introduction of Open Data in Tanzania. These commitments meant to be a powerful aid in managing and monitoring progress of priority sectors covered by Big Results Now, including education, Health and water.
Thus, this Open Data Portal www.opendata.go.tz is established to provide data in a machine readable format to be used and re-used by anybody.The data provided apply only to data and information produced or commissioned by government especially the prioritized sectors of Education, Water, Health and is not related to data on individuals. By making this data publicly available, a wide range of actors can be brought into the policy process and debate, bringing valuable new ideas and new thinking to policy making, and stronger public participation in monitoring and citizen feedback
The Open Data Portal is managed by the open data working group comprising of National Bureau of Statistics (NBS) under the Ministry of Finance, e-Government Agency and National Archive Department under the President’s Office Public Services Management. That is working group is responsible for overseeing the sustainable establishment of open data initiatives in Tanzania including the open data portal.