About

Namibia Open Data Portal

The Namibia Open Data Portal is a national asset, and this site is about sharing it. Namibia believes in providing accessible data and readily available information about government operations in the spirit of transparency and open government. Our goal at NamOpenData is to make core government developmental, demographic, statistical and expenditure data available in a useful digital format for researchers, policymakers, ICT developers and the general public.

Open access to government data provides citizens with a higher degree of visibility into public services to enhance and sustain trust. We believe data and information can inform decision-making, not only internally but also externally with citizens and partner agencies – essentially serving as a catalyst for dialog that leads to an engaged community.

Providing access to data exposes high-growth entrepreneurial and job opportunities for application developers, engineers and designers. Our vision is that essential and unbiased information is available and useable by all. To learn more about open data, watch the McKinsey & Company video here.

Understanding Open Data

About Open Data

Open data is data that can be freely used, re-used and redistributed by anyone - subject only, at most, to the requirement to attribute and sharealike.

To summarize the most important:

  • Availability and Access: the data must be available as a whole and at no more than a reasonable reproduction cost, preferably by downloading over the internet. The data must also be available in a convenient and modifiable form.
  • Re-use and Redistribution:the data must be provided under terms that permit re-use and redistribution including the intermixing with other datasets.
  • Universal Participation: everyone must be able to use, re-use and redistribute - there should be no discrimination against fields of endeavour or against persons or groups. For example, ‘non-commercial’ restrictions that would prevent ‘commercial’ use, or restrictions of use for certain purposes (e.g. only in education), are not allowed.