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Kenya: New Lands’ Data Centre

The Lands Ministry will set up a geospatial data centre to make national geographic information available to Kenyans. The open data initiative will help investors and other stakeholders get accurate and reliable information on location of land, ownership, administrative boundaries and features on and beneath the land.
In a speech read by Lands PS Mariamuel Maawy during the relaunch of a one stop data centre, Lands Secretary Charity Ngilu said the government is committed to set up a geospatial data centre. She said poor economic growth and poverty are key challenges in sustaining a geospatial data centre. Ngilu said lack of clear policy guidelines has made individuals duplicate information by collecting already existing data. She said the Lands Ministry has already marked Nairobi and Lamu digitally.
Regional Centre for Mapping and Regional Development director general Dr Hussein Farah said the initiative will enable sharing of information that is held by different data collection agencies. This will save on time and resources and avoid duplication of data. He said KNSDI will ensure that data received from collecting agents and other stakeholders meet the required standards.
The need for a central data centre was first initiated in 2001 but failed to kick off until 2010 when KNSDI got a budget. KNSDI works with other stakeholders including the Survey of Kenya, Metrological Department, physical planning department, Central Bureau of Statistics, Jomo Kenyatta University of Agriculture and Technology, among others.
Lack of a legal framework has scared away private data collectors who feel they will be exploited and risk losing patents if they submit information to KNSDI.
—Adopted from The Star–

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