KEY INDIVIDUAL(s)

Chris Berens

WHO CAN BENEFIT FROM
THIS CASE STUDY

Governments

Policymakers

KEY CATEGORIES

Open data

Urban Planning

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CASE STUDY

Community Atlas: Empowering communities through an open access data platform

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EMAIL

WEBSITE

Violence Prevention Through Urban Upgrading and Openup

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STATUS

COUNTRY

FOUNDING DATE

Live

South Africa

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BRIEF OVERVIEW OF CASE STUDY

Community Atlas is an open platform where collected data is directly accessible to relevant stakeholders involved in community development and urban upgrading. The platform mainly consists of demographic reports based on official datasets, including StatsSA census data. Community Atlas is updated using current and localised studies which have been indexed and referenced to their open data sources. This open data platform is designed for multiple users, such as community stakeholders, government officials, NGOs and other interested parties.
The web-based data platform allows users to zoom into areas or settlements of interest, defined by an administrative region for which official and current data have been aggregated into a series of printable reports. Advocating for an evidence-driven approach, the platform fosters better service delivery and people-centred participatory planning.

QUICK FACTS/TAKEAWAYS FROM THE CASE STUDY
  • What was the problem?

Administration may record service levels as equal to the number of installed facilities, but in practice, the functional status and location of those facilities is often an unknown factor (Community Atlas website).

  • What was the approach taken to it?

The platform enables residents, community stakeholders, municipal officials, NGOs, and other interested parties to better understand the people and their needs in order to plan for these communities and advocated for better service delivery using an evidence-driven approach. The community Atlas seeks to provide an accurate reflection of the land, the people, their lives, and the services available to them by presenting both official and contributed data specific to geographical areas, with special emphasis on informal settlements.

  • Which actors, resources, conditions, tools, etc. were required?

The Community Atlas was developed by VPUU in partnership with OpenUp with funding from Comic Relief. The platform was built on Wazimap which is based on Census Reporter and is entirely open source.

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