Open Data

Data, especially government data, should be freely available and open. It should be free to be used, modified, and shared by anyone for any purpose. We promote the release of data under open data licences to make it available to everyone who wants and needs it.

Why should you care about Open Data?

For Open Data Day 2017, we asked the OpenUp staff to weigh in on why Open Data is important and what it means to them.

Tax havens and evasions

What is tax evasion and what does it actually mean to call somewhere a tax haven?

TRACE How-to
Shareholder requests and the access battle

In this piece, we look at the state of transparency within company ownership and how the law facilitates access to this type of information.

TRACE How-to
Open Gazettes: We'd really appreciate some help.

Code for South Africa and SAFLII need your help to build the largest digital collection of freely available gazettes.

Open Gazettes Opinion
Introducing OpenUp’s Data Desk: help us to help you make corporate data open

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.

TRACE Launch
How well is your municipality spending your money?

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

Municipal Money Launch
Get access to your government gazette online - for free

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 Launch
Fresh Data - Police District Population Estimates

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

Open Data Portal How-to
Building great data tools is not enough

All too often powerful, simple-to-use data tools for journalists are built and, after an initial buzz, they end up hardly being used by the very users they target.

Open Data Resources for South African Women

Developing Open Data Resources for South African Women

Open Data Portal
Data Munging - A quick and dirty way to filter dirty address data

We haven't written any technical blogs about how we play with data. In this quick post I explain how I managed to create a database of addresses of all the early childhood development centres in Zululand.

Open Data Portal How-to
Cheaper medicines - an unexpected user

Sometimes you can't anticipate how your work is going to be used. Here is a story that really motivates me to continue doing what we do.

Medicine Price Registry Case study
Top 10 Name Changes in April, 2014

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

Open Gazettes
Open Data FTW!

Open Data for the win! How to save on your medicines bill using open data.

Medicine Price Registry How-to
How much should you be paying for your medicines?

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 How-to Launch
Data explores the story of Western Cape Youth

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