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Data Management for Wits: Local data

The following is general advice,data varies hugely between types of research and projects.

South Africa


They have proven that focus on quality matters. Their data is almost entirely social science surveys. Not all the data is open and its one of the only data enclaves in South Africa. Nonetheless, if you want local data, go there first.

Statistics South Africa

South African are fortunate, we have an award-winning statistics office that takes its job seriously. We should use the data more.


Sadly South Africa also leads with a crime. The Institute for Security Studies (ISS) has been around for a while. Police statistics are hard to get and to understand.Crimehub helps you access and download them along with some very useful infographics. We particularly like the crime wizard that let you build tables online


Don't forget that data often lives in the database the library offers.This is especially true for financial data.

Public Interest Data : Goverment , governance and money


On their US  website, they claim that" is the federal government’s open data site, and aims to make government more open and accountable. Opening government data increases citizen participation in government, creates opportunities for economic development, and informs decision making in both the private and public sectors."Its been closed on several occasions since trump administration and there is clearly now less commitment so download what you can now.

Open DATA For Development

" Africa Data Revolution Report: The Africa Data Revolution Report includes in-depth case studies of 10 African countries to better understand their national data ecosystems and political and legal frameworks. Current countries in the report include Madagascar, Kenya, Ethiopia, Rwanda, Tanzania, Cote d'Ivoire, Senegal, Swaziland, Nigeria, South Africa. This work is carried out with the support of our partner the World Wide Web Foundation (WF)."It a good summary of where were are.

AODN(Africa Open Data Network)

In their  own words/website, they claim  that"Africa Open Data Network is a community of Africans, and friends of Africa, who believe in the continent’s development agenda and how open data can help make it a reality."It's mostly government and stats.

In their own words/website they claim that"A pan-African series of national public attitude surveys on democracy, governance, and society", They form part of the longitudinal barometer studies which makes this data powerful.

Municipal Money
This is treasuries own application. It's an innovative job. As they say "Municipal Money is our money, spent in our name. As citizens, we should know how this money has been spent and also have a say in how money is spent in the future to better our lives" Unfortunately there are holes in datasets but that is a larger issue.

Open Government Data 

Has a really huge list in terms of administrative data.

National Statistical Offices

They are often forgotten but the national statistical associations and offices are reliable, verified and open. This data is often at the base of other datasets. 

CDC’s WISQARS™ (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System)

Is an interactive, online database that provides fatal and nonfatal injury, violent death, and cost of injury data from a variety of trusted sources. Researchers, the media, public health professionals, and the public can use WISQARS™ data to learn more about the public health and economic burden associated with unintentional and violence-related injury in the United States.


Data Sources for Gauteng

Local information is plentiful.  Soweto/Johannesburg contains a variety of people and activities and has been a  focus of much research produced in South Africa. The first place to look for data is the libraries 's thesis collection. Background information and data has been gathered by a succession of students.  After that, try these links

Data Sources from South Africa

The world is deluged by data. However there is inequality even on the net, across the developing world as a whole, data is more like a trickle and if you want specific information in South Africa, there is a drought. The links below show some good sources of reliable information.  You can also use the custom search on the side. However, if you really need high quality South African information we suggest that you get off the Internet. Yes, really talk to people, look at your library and request. There is a lot of information out there but it is preserved and presented in a much less user-friendly way than you might be used to seeing. However, if you are willing to clean your own data and make requests offline,  you will find the data available is rich and fascinating, so start with the links below but please don't stop with them.