We are the official data repository to the state government, hosting government data from over 28 Ministries, Departments and Agencies (MDAs). The Edo State information communication technology agency (ICTA) champions the state’s Open Data initiative (www.opendata.edostate.gov.ng) and is poised towards enabling citizen’s participation in governance, promoting an open system of government which entrenches trust, accountability and openness through the release and use of government data.
As an arm of the ICT Agency, we became functional in 2013 with the adoption, launch and implementation of the Open Data initiative by the Edo State government with support from the World Bank. Our aim is to have the open data instilled into the activities of the MDA’S in the state thus having an open government. Our open data portal (www.data.edostate.gov.ng) was launched in September 2013, by this launch we becamethe first Sub-National Government to operationalize the initiative in Western Africa. Since its launch, the portal has hosted 188 data-sets obtained from the various MDA’s in the state. It has received more than 74,000 page views, 14,000 users and 5,000 visitors from 140 countries. As the data repository for the state government, we believe its information will help drive transparency and encourage innovation, both of which will further accelerate Edo’s social and economic development.
Our well-defined work flow process alongside our focal person representatives had made it possible to have these datasets obtained from these datasets obtained from the MDA’S. Focal persons are intermediaries between MDA’s and the Open Data Teams.
To impact openness in the DNA of every MDA and in the way government works
To promote a transparent and accountable and accountable government, through the availability of government data so as to foster a people-centered, participatory and result –oriented governance in furtherance of the development of Edo state in Nigeria.
We seek to achieve operationalization of our well thought through vision and mission statements; to function effectively as government data repository; to promote e-governance; to solve social issues through the use of developed app from open data to promote e-governance; to solve social issues through the use of developed app from open data; to promote a transparent and accountable government; to encourage entrepreneurship using open data; to establish collaborative participation of citizens in governance; to produce greater trust in government through Citizen’s engagement.
Our application programming interface (APIs) are free and open to developers for use. This gives developers the leverage to use datasets from the portal to develop both enterprise solutions and data driven applications geared towards proffering solutions to social challenges. Also, data analyst can use data visualization tools to visualize and analyse available data got from datasets hosted on the portal. Upon review, we can help showcase apps using API, on our Apps Page.
The Edo Open Data operates in partnership with the World Bank, Open Knowledge Foundation (OKFN), Edo State SEEFOR, and SabiHub (a vibrant developer’s community).