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Open Data Engagements & Toolkit

PAN is working with partners in the Open Data South Africa initiative to host regular workshops on using data for social impact and policy action. We also maintain the open data toolkit.

Data Workshops and Events

PAN has hosted and supported a number of hackathons and data easter egg hunts in which teams of 3-5 young people from a variety of disciplines and backgrounds work with research, statistical and government administrative data to answer policy questions or to create new web/ mobile applications. Previous and planned events are focusing on a range of themes and data sources related to current policy issues. You can view examples of the programmes, questions and datasets from recent events below.

Codebridge Youth expansion with OpenUp and Geekulcha.

#OpenDataDay 2020 Women and Health in KZN with Smartipants Tech, VarsityGenie and Innovate Durban.

#DataScienceHack as part of the NEMISA 4IR Digital Skills Summit and Research Colloquium

#BIDataHack 2020 at UNISA with ITWeb and Geekulcha.

#GKHack19 Women and Health Data Challenge with Geekulcha.

Vaal University of Technology DevDay focusing on air quality data with GKSS VUT.


PAN is assisting with ongoing content updates to the Open Data South Africa toolkit. In recent months this has included identifying additional water, defence and police, education, health and spatial data resources.

Open Government Partnership

Open Data South Africa is a joint initiative under the Open Government Partnership (OGP) by the Department of Public Service and Administration, OpenUp, the Centre for Public Service Innovation, The Innovation Hub, Geekulcha, Open Cities Lab and the Human Sciences Research Council (represented by PAN). PAN is also supporting the development of a new open data commitment for OGP as part of South Africa's 4th National Action Plan.


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