Data Liberation

One of our most basic activities is to make data easily available and allow it to be engaged with by anyone, whether they are researchers, journalists, or interested citizens. Data liberation is not a goal in and of itself, but rather a stepping stone towards an empowered and informed citizenry.

OpenUp has partnered with Cape Agulhas Municipality to put the municipality's by-laws online, helping to make them easier to find, read and share.

Open By-laws

What we learnt collaborating with Romania and Poland on civic tech for open legislation.

Indigo Open By-laws

When it comes to open data we have learnt that data just being open, available and accessible is not enough. Whilst we don’t have all the answers, we do have some learnings to share.

Youth Explorer is an indispensible tool for youth-oriented municipalities, government departments and civil society organisations.

Youth Explorer

In this next article we’re going back to the beginning and will look at why we’re branching out to corporate data.


Wazimap now has 2016 Municipal Election results and uses the municipalities and ward boundaries used for the elections.


The most innocuous dataset can tell such interesting stories by leaking information that you never expected it held.

A data-driven journey through the medical profession using age, gender, and education.

We don’t know enough about who owns what in corporates, which allows corruption, theft and dodgy dealings to happen. That’s why we’re going after the data.


The Western Cape Youth Explorer provides data on demographics, education, unemployment, health, access to basic services and more, down to ward level, for youth across the Western Cape.

Youth Explorer

Announcing, a website that makes municipal financial performance and budgets more transparent.

Municipal Money

We've made official government gazettes available online and searchable, so you no longer have to sift through them to source important, public information.

Open Gazettes

We've posted population estimates for Police Districts around the country to make working with crime rates simpler.

Open Data Portal

Developing Open Data Resources for South African Women

Open Data Portal

The surgeon general has been warning us for year. I took a look the at Causes of Death data from 2012. Yep - turns out that it's true.

In this day and age, gender should be completely irrelevant. But is it?

Speed traps often seem to be engineered to trick drivers instead of aiming to reduce road deaths. I decided to investigate whether municipalities are cynically using fines as an excuse to raise revenue

We've been waiting for this for a long time. Cape Town is the first government entity to embrace open data. It is time to rejoice? I don't think so.

Over 90 of South Africa’s open data experts from government, civic organisations and private enterprise met at the #OpenDataNow Unconference in Cape Town last week to take the first steps in creating an open data society

People legally change their names all the time. Sometimes what they choose for themselves is very amusing.

February 22nd is International Open Data Day. Code for South Africa is hosting a data party. Come through and roll up your sleeves

Did you know that medicine prices are regulated in South Africa? Most people don't. We've built an application that makes price comparisons between branded medicines and their generic equivalents easier.

Medicine Price Registry