ODAC has been working hard over the past few years to develop new and interesting content to keep our community informed and up to date on access to information issues. Through this work, we have created a series of mini sites that each have a very particular and interesting focus within the transparency field.
askAFRICA is a digital management toolkit for journalists/activists that facilitates freedom-of-information (FOI) requests, combined with a semantic document repository. In South Africa, this will facilitate requests made through the Promotion of Access to Information Act 2 of 2000.
Make a PAIA request to national bodies here: http://askafrica.info/ [NOTE: still in testing phase]
Open Government Africa
ODAC is monitoring progress on the Open Government Partnership through a web platform. South Africa has been a founding member of the Open Government Partnership since September 2011 and ODAC has been leading the monitoring of these commitments through this additional online space.
To keep up to date on the Open Govenrment Partnership in South Africa visit https://opengovernmentafrica.wordpress.com/
Open Journalism Workshop
ODAC is very proud to announce the launch of its latest free public resource: the Open Journalism Workshop. This has been completed with the generous funding of the Open Society Foundation.It is a workshop, targeted at community journalists, which provides basic introductions to using the Promotion of Access to Information Act, advising potential whistleblowers, and learning about open data journalism.
Take part in the online workshop at https://openjournalismworkshop.org [website is currently being revamped so no link is available]
iNeighbourhood can best be described as a proof of concept. With funding from the Foundation for Human Rights, ODAC explored the value of integrated development planning information and the public. In order to test how best to translate such information into something of value to the public, we developed an interactive map based on data from the City of Cape Town that outlined current big projects planned for development in the different City wards.
You can interact with this information at http://idp.code4sa.org/