The South African Cities Open Data Almanac (SCODA) is a platform that improves access, analysis and insight into current and comparable information about South African cities through various tools. SCODA is a collaboration between OCL and South African Cities Network (SACN).
Monitoring how cities are planned and managed is important. Cities generate a lot of data and without a centralised, standardised repository for this, it is incredibly hard to compare information across cities to map development. Planning for the future is also challenging when there is no clear picture of what is happening across South African cities.
The SCODA platform aims to provide evidence, analysis and insight into city data through the following tools:
SCODA makes city data more transparent and organises this in an accessible and interactive manner. Having clear indicators, being able to see changes over time, and being able to compare cities’ development both locally and internationally enables greater understanding of what is happening across South African cities and more informed decision-making by government.
Greater collaboration can be fostered between the SA Cities Network and cities to further strengthen the SCODA platform. Currently, we are improving the impact measurements so that we can better understand the impact of the tool to ensure that SCODA is meeting cities’ data needs.