Africa Data Hub

Responsibly sourced data

that supports accurate reporting

and an informed citizenry

The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown up an array of data-related challenges. Across the continent, important datasets are either inaccessible to the public, or are difficult to locate, retrieve and analyse. In some cases, the data simply does not exist yet.

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The COVID-19 pandemic has thrown up an array of data-related challenges. Across the continent, important datasets are either inaccessible to the public, or are difficult to locate, retrieve and analyse. In some cases, the data simply does not exist yet. The Africa Data Hub serves to fill this gap by providing a free one-stop-shop for newsrooms, researchers and the public to access near real-time COVID-19-related data in user-friendly formats.

In so doing, the Africa Data Hub seeks to support and promote quality data-driven journalism and in turn, facilitate evidence-based decision-making about the pandemic across the continent.

Cognizant of the sensibilities and working practices of journalists and news media, ADH believes that one of the most important prerequisites for success is a user-centric approach. This means that we better not arrive with a prefab solution in newsrooms and try to ‘cold-sell’ it (even as it is free). Instead, we will get in touch with newsrooms to analyze their current practice covering Covid-19 and ask them how they would like to report on the issue if they had the tools, means, and qualifications. This gap analysis will help us develop a service that responds to actual demands.

It will be the starting point of a cycle of:

  • User research
  • Development and customization
  • User training and support (capacity building)
  • Both on the technical and journalistic levels
  • Collection of user feedback and analysis of the actual adoption of ADH
  • Further development and customization.

Project details

Client:
Not Applicable
Project start:
November 2020
Project status:
Ongoing

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