24 January 2013

Kenya: Data Journalism Projects Launched

Kenyans interested in information about health, education, crime and the March elections will now be able to access this information in interactive web applications.

The applications were development in a period of six months by Code4Kenya, an African Media Initiative project in partnership with local media organisations.

The Star, through this partnership has developed, Star Health Application portal, a web platform that allows users to search for health related information.

Find My School portal, Data Story and Elections portal and County Safe Visualisation portal were also launched today at the Intercontinental hotel.

The Star health website will also integrate available data with online tools to enable users access simplified visual forms in order to better understand current issues in the medical industry.

The portal will additionally be used by journalists as the basis for feature articles. Patients seeking medical assistance will through this interactive website be able to determine whether the doctors and medical institutions they visit are registered.

New data from the national health data repository will be added into the the health portal to enrich the quality of information that users can access.

Furthermore, some of the interactive web applications will be extended to mobile phones through Short Message Service (SMS) and possibly as downloadable applications in the near future.

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