Potential Benefits of Nigeria’s Proposed Open Data Initiative
by Oboh Eromonsele Samuel
Freelance Creative Technology Enthusiast
Phone No: +234816945429
The Nigerian Open Data Initiative was inaugurated on January 29th, 2014. This project has received support from the World Bank, Department for International Development, African Media Initiative, International Center for Journalist, but to mention a few. The Initiative will encourage the Nigerian Governments (federal, states and local governments) to make accessible their data on transportation, budget, national statistics, legislation, agriculture etc for the benefit of her citizens, the academia, development partners as well as the world at large.
This paper tries to highlight some objectives and expected impact of the initiative. As well as seeking to bring to light some issues that can challenge its successful implementation and also proffer recommendations as deemed fit.
Finally, this paper contains a pool of information needed by Technologists, Entrepreneurs, Civil Societies, Academia and other government and industry players wishing to benefit from the opportunities created by implementing this initiative.
About the Author:
Eromonsele Oboh is currently a freelance technology enthusiast with core areas in IT Support, Open Data, Data Analysis etc. He is a graduate of Covenant University, with a Bachelor of Engineering degree in Information and Communication Technology. He’s built technical experience working as a customer support engineer at Layer 3 Ltd and also as a graduate research trainee at the National Space Research and Development Agency.
He is passionate about youth development and this fuels his drive to engage in research such as this. He is also a fashion blogger and an entrepreneur.
Presently 23 years of age and in hot pursuit of a post graduate degree in systems engineering, Eromonsele Oboh is determined to hone his ICT skills creatively to improve and develop his immediate society.