Iwacu Open Data

Iwacu Open Data

Organisation: Iwacu Press Group (Burundi)

Publication Date: 04/09/2017


Iwacu Open Data portal aims to be a reference for the newsroom but also a tool for citizenship and democracy, with encouraging the reuse of the data by organisations, scholars, citizen… It is the first open data portal in Burundi and its journalistic context (and requirements) gives the project credibility and the insurance of accountability. Recognized as the watchdog of democracy, the freedom of the press is essential and the open data portal will be a tool with a high added value for those who believe strongly that a democracy has to rely on high quality level information. If journalists analyse and comment, data give clues to understand and to make its own opinion. IWACU Open Data portal will present all kind of data about Burundi: economics, social, demographic, politics… Other data from other portals will be integrated, to get all of the data available on the same place. Those data would be verify too, because this project is also a journalistic tool. As data quality is in the heart of the project, all datasets are collected and verified by professional journalists. The open data portal will be available in French and in English, two national languages in Burundi. Journalism in Burundi is more and more difficult to practice since the political crisis. As one of the last independent media in Burundi, IWACU is still standing due to his high level of professionalism: no unverified information is published, debates must be balanced, standard ethics rules are strictly observed by journalists. This independent voice is essential to balance politic propagandas. It is also essential to provide a clear view of what is happening now in Burundi. The open data portal helps to reach this aim.


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