1. What is Open Data?
Open Data is data in machine readable format that can be freely used, reused and redistributed by anyone. Machine readable format is a format which can be easily read, analyzed and interpreted by computer software & analytics tools, for example CSV and Excel file formats and not PDF or image files such as JPEG.
2. What is Tanzanian Open Data Portal?
The Open Data portal is an official portal of the Tanzania Government that gives public access to Government open data, available via http://opendata.go.tz/.
3. Why Open Data Portal?
This is to provide a one stop center for Government open data that can be easily and freely accessed by anyone including Government’s own institutions. Centralizing these data gives citizens a much more efficient way to find useful information.
4. What is the rationale of the Open Data?
By making these 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.
5. Who makes the Open Data available?
The Government of Tanzania through its institutions.
6. How can Open Data be used?
Open data can be freely used, reused, and redistributed by anyone as long as you comply to terms and conditions. For example developers can use the data to create mobile or web applications, other users such as researchers and journalists can use it to provide insights and hidden meaning about the data that can be easily understood by the general public.
7. What is a dataset?
Dataset is a one item published through a unique template in our content management publishing system. The dataset itself can contain many files available for download.
8. Who are responsible for uploading datasets?
There is a number of public institutions selected for uploading datasets. Currently this involves Government institutions from four public sectors which are National Statistics, Education, Water and Health.
9. How to make suggestions for a dataset to be made available on the portal?
You can go to Suggestions Menu on the Open Data Portal or click on the link http://suggest.opendata.go.tz/suggestions/add/.
10. Why is a particular dataset not available yet, and when will it be?
There are multiple factors which could lead to unavailability of a dataset on the Open Data Portal, for example; some datasets are not officially approved for release as open data, unavailability of some datasets, privacy and national security concerns. If there is any dataset that you would like to see on the portal please go ahead and make your suggestion via http://suggest.opendata.go.tz/suggestions/add/. If for any reason that data cannot be on the portal you will be informed accordingly in the feedback after your suggestion has been received.
11. Will more public data become available in the future?
Yes! The intention of the Government is to release all important data allowable by law and National security concerns.
12. Can the datasets from the portal be used for commercial purposes?
Yes! As long as the use complies with the terms and conditions of the Open Data Portal.
13. What should someone do if they encounter a problem while using data from the portal?
If you happen to face a problem while using data from the portal, feel free to contact us using a feedback form available at http://suggest.opendata.go.tz/en/feedback/. In line with your message please include the name or hyperlink to the respective dataset and description of the problem.
14. Who manages Open Data Portal?
The Open Data Portal is managed by the open data working group comprising of National Bureau of Statistics under the Ministry of Finance, e-Government Agency and National Archive Department under the President’s Office Public Services Management. The aforementioned are responsible for overseeing the sustainability of the open data portal.
15. How can someone ask questions or provide feedback?
Questions and feedback can be provided using the feedback form available on the portal (http://suggest.opendata.go.tz/feedback/) or through contacts provided in the portal (http://opendata.go.tz/pages/wasiliana-nasi). The Government welcomes feedback on Open Data Portal. This is a living portal that will grow and evolve over time, and citizen feedback is extremely helpful for our continuous improvement. We value your ideas and strive to meet citizen demand for Government data.
16. Who benefits from Open Data?
Anybody can benefit from open data. Our goal is to make data available in order to facilitate measurement and improvement of performance and efficiency, citizen’s engagement, creation of economic opportunities, promoting development of innovative solutions and improving the ability of making data driven decisions in Government institutions, private sector and all citizens in general.
17. How regularly are the data updated?
Datasets in the portal are updated on a regular basis subject to availability of new data and availability of resources necessary in preparation and publishing of the updated dataset.
18. How do I contact you?