Open Data is a transformational trend in Open Governance that is generating empowerment and economic growth. Around the world, cities, states, and nations are publishing Open Data and creating new data supply chains and ecosystems that are managing scarce water resources, improving land use and agricultural security, enhancing transportation and traffic flows, and generating new high-tech jobs and tax revenues. Governments themselves are benefiting because published Open Data is free of organizational barriers that hold back departments from sharing information and collaborating.

This Group is designed to be interactive, informative, and fun. It will involve diverse skills and experiences, and showcase real live examples of how Open Data works, African Challenges and opportunities, and example applications. There will be online and real face to face meetups and conferences, online collaboration in global communities working to help Africa become a leader in Open Government and Open Data. Our goal is to create new global relationships that bring passionate Open Data communities together to share common challenges and build new solutions. It doesn't matter where you live, where you were born, or where you work. We are looking for Citizens of the World to work together to help African countries embrace Open Government and Open Data.

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