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opendatapixDAILY NATION By CHARLES WANYORO

Monday September 05, 2016

County Governments in Mt Kenya region are working with the Information Communication Technology (ICT) Authority to have a common data sharing platform for easy access to public information.

Representatives from Embu, Kirinyaga, Tharaka Nithi, Meru, Nyeri and Nyandarua counties want the data they collect uploaded in the national open data portal.

Speaking after a two-day workshop that ended in Embu town on Saturday, they said they were contemplating on whether to have the data uploaded as a block or each county to upload it’s in the national platform.

The officials said they were in talks with the ICT Authority for them to access their data so that it can be logged on their open data portal.

Embu County Administration and Public Service Executive Pamela Kiarie said they expect the move to ease public access to information as well as enhance accountability and transparency in County operations.

This comes days after the access to information Bill was signed into law making access to public information easier. The county too passed Access to information Bill into law late last year.

She said all data collected digitally or manually in the 10 departments in the county is well documented and will ensure it is uploaded into the portal.

A statistician with Open Data Portal at the ICT Authority, Phebian Achieng, said since its inception, the Authority has averaged 900 data sets with 35 state institutions sharing their data sets with them.

He said about 20 counties have been sensitized on the need to embrace the open data portal and expect the amount of public information in the platform to increase.

Mr Achieng added that the signing of the access to information law will provide the legal framework for data accessibility thereby enhancing transparency and accountability in public offices.

“We know counties have a challenge of staffing and lack capacity to put their data online. Others are not open to give out information. But with law, we expect public information to be easily accessible to the public,” he said.

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