(Article of periodic en Anglais - 2014)

Document title

Toward open source Kenya : creating and sharing a GIS database of Nairobi

Authors(s) and Affiliation(s)

WILLIAMS S. (1) ; MARCELLO E. (2) ; KLOPP J.M. (2) ;
(1) Department of Urban Studies and Planning, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, ETATS-UNIS
(2) Center for Sustainable Urban Development , Earth Institute, Columbia Univ., New York, ETATS-UNIS


This article analyses the power dynamics associated with accessing and generating information in Nairobi, Kenya. This project has the following lessons : 1) Simply developing data does not make them open; how “open access” is provided to the data is just as important as making them freely available. (2) Developing data can show commitment to a particular place or project that can help generate support for stronger partnerships and project goals. (3) Openly sharing data about place might help push those with access to information to share information as well. Overall this research project illustrates that sharing data can help support a more open access ecosystem locally by establishing a culture of data sharing but only if those interested in using it have the technical ability to both access and use data sets provided


Article of periodic

published at : Annals of the Association of American Geographers / ISSN 0004-5608 / CODEN AAAGAK

Editor : Association of American Geographers, Washington, DC - ETATS-UNIS (1911)

Millesime : 2014, vol. 104, no1 [pp. 114-130]

Bibliographic references : 2 p.

Collation : 3 cartes, 2 ill.




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Go to electronic document thanks to its DOI : doi:10.1080/00045608.2013.846157

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